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CLEAR 4G and 4G+ WiFi hotspots outed with USB 3G/4G modem

CLEAR 4G and 4G+ WiFi hotspots outed with USB 3G/4G modem

US WiMAX provider Clearwire has outed its latest 4G modems and personal wireless hotspots, promising broadband-like speeds in areas with suitable 4G service.  The new CLEAR 4G and CLEAR 4G+ personal WiFi hotspots (the latter being a rebadge of the Sprint Overdrive) each pull in a WiMAX signal and share it with up to eight nearby devices (the 4G+ also works with 3G connections).  Meanwhile there's a new dual-mode 3G/4G USB modem for Mac and Windows users.

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Clearwire will “keep evolving”, perhaps to LTE support

Clearwire will “keep evolving”, perhaps to LTE support

Only the other day, Clearwire were happily trumpeting their latest WiMAX roll-outs; now there's talk that they may be considering sidling away from the technology altogether.  While their financial results press release talked about Clear-branded Samsung and HTC multi-mode handsets, during the company's investors call CFO Erik E. Prusch dropped hints that Clearwire were considering converting to LTE.

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HTC EVO 4G: where will I get WiMAX?

HTC EVO 4G: where will I get WiMAX?

So, you're tempted by Sprint's HTC EVO 4G, and frankly who can blame you?  If our all-too-brief hands-on play with the WiMAX-packing Android 2.1 smartphone taught us anything, it's that HTC have taken the best of the HD2, slapped on an arguably more alluring OS and created the sort of superphone we scoffed at Google for describing the Nexus One as.  Plenty has been made of Sprint's 4G promises, but that got us wondering: exactly who will get to enjoy the HTC EVO 4G's WiMAX connectivity?

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CLEAR “true 4G” WiMAX arrives: faster speeds, new logo

CLEAR “true 4G” WiMAX arrives: faster speeds, new logo

The whole Clearwire/Clear/WiMAX/Sprint/XOHM branding situation was never all that straightforward to begin with; let's face it, consumers want to know exactly what they should be asking for when they go into the store.  Now Clearwire are seemingly intending to make things easier - or upset the whole situation once more, perhaps - with a fresh new relaunch as CLEAR.  The new name apparently signifies the switch from "pre-WiMAX service" to true 4G WiMAX, and brings with it a fresh boost of speed.

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