Welcome to the beginning of the week! Sure enough, right on schedule, here's another edition of the Daily Slash. We're glad you could make it. Hopefully you managed to survive your holiday in tact. Enough to be here, and that's all that matters, really. So, tonight. We've got the Best of R3 first. It looks like the Droid Eris is set to get updated tomorrow, there's a review up, and a regional carrier keeps getting Android. And then in the Dredge 'Net, we hear from Clearwire's CEO about 4G, how Arizona's immigration law is affecting game developers, and Apple's iPhone exclusivity deal gets figured out.
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.
It's the middle of the week again, and here we are with another edition of the Daily Slash. Tonight's is packed full with interesting pieces of information, that we're sure will fill your heart with delight. First up, in the Best of R3, we've got some more tablet news that's not related to Apple, an iPad case review, and some more rumors about the Hero's update to Android 2.1. And then in the Dredge 'Net, we've got Clearwire promising some very interesting things, space tourism for the (rich) every man, and AT&T thinks it doesn't have dropped calls.
4G is spreading, and Sprint/Clearwire have both announced new WiMAX coverage in Central Pennsylvania. The extended network - which promises data speeds of 3-6mbps - now covers Harrisburg, Reading, Lancaster and York, and service will be available both from Sprint and Clearwire. That's good news if you live there and have been eyeing the upcoming Sprint HTC EVO 4G, the WiMAX-toting Android smartphone due later this year.
T-Mobile may not have the biggest network in the US, but they're considering big plans to work around that fact. According to Robert Dotson, T-Mobile USA's chief executive, the carrier is considering forming joint ventures with cable companies or WiMAX network Clearwire to boost subscriber access to high-speed connectivity.
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.
It seems a long time since we played with a non-functional prototype of Samsung's Mondi WiMAX MID back at Mobile World Congress in February. Only last week the Windows Mobile 6.1 handheld saw its official launch, to take advantage of Clearwire's slowly spreading CLEAR WiMAX network, so imagine our surprise when a Mondi dropped, unannounced, through the SlashGear letterbox. After the cut, check out our walkthrough video and an initial hands-on gallery, together with some early feedback in advance of our full review.
Samsung have officially released their Mondi MID, the Windows Mobile based WiMAX handheld, to coincide with Clearwire’s CLEAR WiMAX service rolling out in Las Vegas. That takes the number of WiMAX markets to three, with Clearwire claiming around 1.7m residents have now been covered with the new service rollout.
If you've paid out for a high-speed WiMAX subscription, the last thing you want is to be stuck using it with just one device at a time. That's presumably the motivation behind the Clearwire CLEAR Spot Personal Hotspot, a battery-powered router intended to share your WiMAX hookup with nearby WiFi b/g devices.
Clearwire are preparing to launch a portable WiFi router compatible with a Motorola WiMax USB stick modem, intended for sharing a WiMAX connection with more than one user. The router, seen here in prototype form, was demonstrated at the official Clear launch in Portland, Oregon, yesterday.
Video demo of the Clear router after the cut