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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    Justin, 8 Jun 2007 @ 3:26pm

    Clearwire is garbage

    I used to sell Clearwire at the store I used to work at. I was also the FIRST non-employee customer in the area. The service worked fine for the first month and went downhill steadily after that. Gaming was miserable with even MMO servers booting me. File sharing? Forget it. This line has nothing for you if you area power user. NOTHING. Unless you are a mobile tech with an inverter in our car and a laptop hooked up to a clearwire modem, I can see no reason to pay $40 a month for a substandard 1.5m (for a small window between 3am and 5 am IME. The bottom line is that their customer treatment is horrible, I had the head of the local Clearwire store actually tell me to LIE to gamers and say that the latency is fine right after he admitted to me that high latency is one of their most common complaints. They want you as a customer at any cost, they will even lie to you, or ask the people who sell it for them to LIE to you. The last 3 months I had the service I never even bothered to keep the modem plugged in as it was completely useless.

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