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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    jay, 17 Sep 2007 @ 7:17pm

    Re: Clearwire is garbage

    I signed up last spring. I was told that if I moved out of range, I could show Clearwire a utility bill from my new location and they would let me out of my contract. I recorded the sales conversation with a digital voice recorder. The first month of service was great. Very fast. Now, it's at a crawl. Certain types of traffic would be faster on a 14.4 modem.
    After being put on hold and hungup on several times, I decided to go into the store to try to cancel. I notified the salesperson (Andy) that I was moving out of range and that I had a utility bill from the new location. He said he could do nothing and that Clearwire wouldn't let me out of the contract. When I told him that the sales person who sold me the service said that I could, he admitted that he knew who I was talking about and that the guy had been fired. I recorded that conversation as well and will be uploading the MP3 shortly for people to hear for themselves.

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