Clear to host WiMAX smartphone; Sprint lowers WiMAX price
Clearwire is apparently expecting to introduce at least one handset that will work on its WiMAX network, perhaps by the end of 2010, according to a story in Phone Scoop .
More smartphones that will work on its Clear network should be forthcoming in 2011, according to the item.
Meanwhile, Sprint has dropped the price for its mobile WiMAX service to $59.99, a $10 drop from its earlier plans.
The 3G/4G plans come with unlimited data on Sprint’s 4G network and a 5 GB data cap for the use of its 3G network. Subscribers are allocated 300 MB for off-network roaming.
The reduced pricing came with the launch of Sprint’s dual-mode mobile hotspot, the Overdrive. Sprint did not issue an official statement on the cost cut and could not be reached by press time.
Sprint owns a majority stake in mobile WiMAX company Clearwire, which is working to build out its 4G network to cover 120 million people by year-end 2010.
In 2008, Sprint, Comcast, Time Warner Cable, Bright House Networks, Intel and Google invested $3.2 billion in Clearwire.
This year, Clearwire plans to launch the 4G service in New York (Time Warner Cable), Boston (Comcast), Washington, D.C. (Comcast), Houston (Comcast) and the San Francisco Bay Area (Comcast), among others.
– Wireless Week’s Maisie Ramsay contributed to this report