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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    Brian, 28 Oct 2006 @ 9:08pm

    Do any of you have a clue?

    If you read section 18a of the contract you sign when you got the service, it's titled...

    18. Third Party Services, Content and Materials Accessible on the Internet; Disclaimers, Cautions and Restrictions.

    (a) We do not control, nor are we responsible or liable for, data, content, services, or products (including software) that you access, download, receive or buy via the Service. We may, but do not have to, block information, transmissions or access to certain information, services, products or domains to protect us, our network, the public or our users

    You'll see that Clearwire, "Clearly" informed you before hand that 3rd party products and services may not work with their internet service.

    So please stop whining about ports being blocked, when they told you up front that some might be.

    TIm, you also must be a bit slow on the uptake. As per your contract you would have to pay the $180 early termination fee, regardless of the fact your moving. They were cutting you a break by letting you opt out if you were moving to an area that did'nt have service.

    But beyond that you agreed that the level of service was to your liking when you signed up. So if the internet was sooo slow that you could'nt use it, why did you give the sales rep your credit card?

    As for "Jared" you are obviously a bitter x-employee, that not withstanding you could be sued by Clearwire for letting confidential company information out to the public. Cause as you know, unless your as dumb as I think you are, you signed a non-disclosure agreement when you got hired.

    I will agree with you on one thing Jared, the Clearwire tech staff isn't always the brightest bulb on the Chirstmas tree.

    Lastly "john" commented about not being able to use Clearwire for online computer gaming, that is partially true, I have tried it on everything from xBox to Playstation and PC games. It works good most of the time if you pick a nearby server, but experiences some large pings spikes when playing farther away.

    To make a long story short, Clearwire isn't perfect, but what ISP is? They are a new company and have their kinks to work out. Give it some time and go at it with an open mind, and maybe you'll have more luck than some of these posters.

    Thanks, and good night....

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