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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    Lisa, 21 May 2007 @ 10:11am

    Tired of the run-around

    We signed up for Clearwire as soon as it was available in our area, about a year ago. They came to the house, set everything up, we were getting a 5-bar connection - and did for about 6 months.

    However, in the past 6 months, the quality of our connection has deteriorated to one bar that is constantly resetting (searching for connection). We can't even load simple web pages most days.

    Every call to Clearwire has been the same. There's something wrong with our router, or our computer, or where we have the modem placed. After a call, service connection will pick up for a day or two, and then we're back to square one.

    Last night, after getting dropped for the umpteenth time, I called Clearwire and insisted that someone come out to look at our setup - and the tech guy argued with me and tried to talk me out of it! They're supposed to contact us in a couple of days - we'll see.

    In the meantime, in going back out to Clearwire's site, it appears that we no longer live in a coverage area. The maps they showed us when setting up the service clearly showed us in their area, but the maps online show us well outside their coverage area. WTH?

    Thanks for the vent time!

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