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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    Eric, 3 Dec 2009 @ 5:42am

    Re: Re: Clearwire is the problem, not so much Wimax

    I can't believe that they are this bad, I bought it about 3 or 4 days ago. I told the person in the mall who worked for clear that I only wanted to use it for xbox live for the most part and from time to time my lap top. I play cod modern warfare II and I have already called the help line and they told me that they were going to fix the problem, it seems that this has been an ongoing issue for quite some time now. I am glad that I have read all of these people's posts and I am going to refuse the service while I am still within the 7 day trial period. it is true though, I have all 5 green lights lit up on the modem while im trying to play but the game is so laggy that it times me out alot during the match, and then puts me right back in but without my kills. I always have 2 bars for xbox live lol but 5 on the modem.... They told me that it was great for xbox live. and so far it has not been. I guess I will have to return it and go with someone else. sucks because at first all i heard was great things. why dont they just make good service like they advertise?

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