Clearwire's Non-WiMax Now Non-Useful: Blocks VoIP, Streaming Media

from the wonderful dept

Craig McCaw's Clearwire wireless outfit has received plenty of attention -- mainly for being run by Craig McCaw. Late last year, Intel had to pay Clearwire to convince them to use WiMax (which, still doesn't actually exist) as the core of their wireless offering, as WiMax was proving to be increasingly less than the hype would have you believe. Earlier this month, Bell Canada made a surprise announcement, saying they would provide VoIP for Clearwire in the US -- giving the Canadian telco a way to enter the US market. Still, it appears the folks at Clearwire haven't been paying attention to the whole "network neutrality" debate or the fact that an ISP has been fined for blocking Vonage. Instead, Clearwire proudly states that they will block any application they don't like -- including non-Bell Canada VoIP and any streaming audio or video offering. In other words, Clearwire's wireless broadband is becoming close to useless, because they want to control what you can and can't do over it. They claim they need to do this "to ensure network performance reliability," but can't explain how it's okay for them to offer VoIP, but Vonage must be blocked. More importantly, if Clearwire is saying they can't have a stable network when people are doing VoIP or streaming media, it certainly raises a lot of questions about the quality of WiMax.

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    Troy, 1 May 2007 @ 7:52pm

    MurkyWire Because its not clear anymore

    I signed up for Clearwire 20 months ago before the Jan 1 2006 port and packet throttling issue I will say before Jan 2006 the service was great, I gamed good pings, P2P had good speeds (and no i dont download illegal crap off it) i use it for game demos that are over 500mb and large updates there is a lot of LEGAL things you can share on P2P!

    Then all of a sudden early january 2006 my connections goes to crap my speeds cut in half my P2P is zero, my pings spike to the point you cant even play games.

    I would say clearwire is one peg above ISDN (very rare now days) which is one peg over dialup. It is without a doubt slower ping rates then any broadband service I have used.

    Now Clearwire is a no other alternative service provider, as in do not waste time with clearwire if DSL or cable is an option and its not like its some highly mobile service anyway you still need a outlet to plug the modem in! I hate thier stupid ads that play on how mobile it is. but I did meet a contractor that loves it since he has a huge truck with 110 volt outlets in it. so for him its great he just needs to be able to check email and send invoices to people.

    So what I am getting at after 20 months I have very little good to say about Clearwire. so this is the good stuff clearwire webmail has been a mess and changed twice since i signed up (very annoying) customer service is about as good as a hot poker in the eye. ohh here you go, go to clearwire.com and look for the link that takes you to the webmail! yeah keep looking, yeah its not there. go to any other ISP and its right on the front page!
    I do not like giving my money to a company that thinks it okay to do such a drastic change to their service and still want to charge me 180 bucks to cancel. Service was fine when i signed up but it has changed so much that it is NOT CLEAR anymore.

    So if you read that whole thing and still are going to get it I can only hope it gets better for you. As i would not recommend this service to my worst enemy.

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