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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    Rick, 27 May 2007 @ 10:24pm

    This internet connection is increably laggy, Im covered by 3 towers, according to the sells rep. I asked him when I was purchesing my internet connection, "is there any software that I need to fully unblock all my ports". He replyed by saying "oh no, this is all hands free and simple I will do that for you". WTF is that "I'll do it for you". He never did anything and I still have blocked ports.


    My internet connection doesn't hold a connection in DX or open GL games. Watching streaming video is hored. The internet HTTP download speeds drops down to 60-70kps when trying to download a file (Didn't have this issue with my old ISP SBC WICH I LOVED COMAPRED TO THIS,and no I don't work for them there all a bunch of dumbshits like clearwire, thier product just works). If the file is over 20 megs its stalls and quits loading. Apperently I am stuck in this 2 year contract and this product doesn't work. I wish there was something I could do about this in taking legal auction.

    STAY AWAY FROM CLEARWIRE OR GO TO DIAL-UP AND WTF IS THIS 40 BUCKS FOR 1.8meg connection even if it did work (WICH IT DOESN'T. I WANT TO KILL MYSELF, SERIOULY THOUGHT ABOUT AFTER I TAKE A SLUGE HAMMER TO THE MODEM) THIS WOULD BE A RIP OFF FOR THE PRICE.

    Nobody has a good tech support.


    CLEARWIRE SUCKS SO BAD!!

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