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Best Buy offering discounts on WiMAX laptops

Mon, 06/21/2010 - 8:00am
Brian Santo

Best Buy is about to begin stocking a set of laptops with embedded Wi-Fi capability, which has the potential for being a big boost for Clearwire and its Clear WiMAX service.

Discounts on the prices of the computers will be available.

Wi-Fi’s popularity was solidified when Intel began to build Wi-Fi support directly into its chips, and those chips began to get built into personal computers. WiMAX supporters expect the pattern to repeat with WiMAX.

“Embedding 4G technology into laptops and netbooks makes it easy for consumers to experience Clear’s super-fast mobile Internet service on the latest devices,” said Mike Sievert, chief commercial officer for Clearwire. “The discounted summer and holiday pricing on Clear-ready laptops from Intel and available through Best Buy is another way Clearwire is working to meet the rapidly growing demand for true mobile broadband services in the U.S.”

Best Buy expects to have national availability of a set of WiMAX-enabled laptops based on Intel Core processors, including the Dell Inspiron 14, Dell Inspiron 15, Dell Mini 10 and Toshiba Satellite M645.

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•  Verizon sweetens month-by-month plan
•  Rogers to correct $30M billing error
•  40G, 100G Ethernet standards ratified
•  Lawmakers to probe FCC net neutrality plans
•  FCC eyes satellite spectrum for mobile broadband
•  Best Buy offering discounts on WiMAX laptops
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