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Clearwire starts up Rover prepaid 4G, intros Puck hotspot

updated 12:40 pm EDT, Mon August 30, 2010

Rover 4G and Puck hotspot open prepaid 4G

Clearwire today kickstarted prepaid data today by launching a new service, Rover, and launching a new hotspot to match. The approach is based solely on time rather than data and gives unlimited WiMAX within a given period: users can pay as little as $5 for a single day, $20 for a week or $50 for a whole month. Rover is built with a younger audience in mind and can be activated or extended with Re-Up prepaid cards rather than having to use a credit card.

Typical speeds are the same 3-6Mbps seen on the Clear and Sprint 4G networks, and coverage shares an identical map.

Multiple devices are launching at the same time and center on the Rover Puck. The pocketable router shares its 4G with up to eight devices over 802.11n Wi-Fi and can create two separate networks to give both a limited guest network and one for known users. It lasts for four hours on a charge and costs $150 by itself. Rover is also running a special promo that gives the Puck and a year's worth of access for $500.

A traditional USB modem, the Rover Stick, gives a connection for a Mac or Windows PC for $100.

by MacNN Staff



  1. facebook_Justin

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    I'd use a 2G phone from the mid 90s before I use any phone that doesn't allow SIM cards. Get a clue, Clearmorons, and implement SIMS to OPEN the standard.

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Sim cards

    Um, this is for WiMax. What good is a SIM card going to do for you if only Sprint uses WiMax?

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969



    That's exactly what I mean. Sprint uses SIMless (WiMax/CDMA) technologies.

    So you're not just against CDMA? What if they did use SIM cards for WiMax/CDMA? Would you still be opposed to it, being that no one else uses that technology or offers sim cards? Or are you saying "I won't use any technology that won't let me go off and use any network!"

    At that point, all you're saying is "I don't want what might be best, but just what everyone is using". And that sounds like a h*** of a reason not to use OS X ("I can only run the OS on one brand of computer? Never!") or the iPhone ("What do you mean I don't have a choice of carrier, let alone a choice of apps of my choosing?")

    And I'm sure, then, you would never buy an iPhone (or any phone) for anything less than full, unsubsidized price, right? (Not sure how one does this, but it must be possible).

    After that, one has to ask: what do you do for your internet in your home? I'm sure you'd stay away from Verizon's FiOS or any DSL service, for those modems usually only work on their own network. Perhaps cableTV, since you can get any cable modem that works on their network. But, no, because you'd be tying yourself to a specific network.

    And we can be sure you never sign any of those 'package' deals offering great prices for 12 or 24 months. Nope, rather spend full price every month so you can switch to a different plan at a moment's notice. Oh, but if you do that, all your hardware is obsolete, you'll have to buy new ones.

    Nope, you're only choice is to get a USB wireless device that works on a 3G network and with SIM card. That's the only way.

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