Getting close to a new season, the “Summer of WiMAX”

4g_evo There's been some serious 4G overload the last few days, which makes it hard to figure out where to start, but one thing has become crystal "Clear", and that's the obvious position of strength that Sprint and its next-gen wireless partner find themselves in. With many of us chomping at the bit to get our hands on the EVO 4G, at least we now know our wait is getting shorter as the list of 4G cities grows longer.

According to the crew over at Phandroid, an insider has tipped that Radio Shack will begin preorders towards the end of this month, with the actual release date lining up to be either June 6th or June 13th. Designated experts at each Radio Shack and Sprint store should start receiving their training devices on May 17th, with training commencing on the 24th, as per user rebella at AndroidForums.

For those of you wondering how to take advantage of the blazing 4G speeds in the EVO 4G, check that list of cities again, because Engadget is reporting that Clear has made some additions this week, bringing 19 cities to the mix for this summer. Joining the currently available 32 markets and 41 million customers, whether you're under the Gateway Arch in St. Louis or high-fiving Mickey and his pals in Orlando, you should see the 4G spectrum light up very soon, since Sprint is never far behind in the shared-use network.

Finally, since choice is always welcome, Clear has also mentioned that they'll have two new 4G handset offerings from HTC and Samsung. While specifics aren't known on the models, the Samsung will be running Android, while the HTC could show up with Windows Phone 7, since Clear intentionally did not make specific mention of a platform.

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5 thoughts on “Getting close to a new season, the “Summer of WiMAX”

  • i already have a n800 but prices dropped where i wanted a n810. i seen the wimax edition for cheap and thought mobile internet would be nice. clear is here in hawaii but those guys are really shady and i heard roadrunner was offering mobile broadband. now i found out it was also wimax. by now though the rare wimax editions are in demand and over my budget.
    i have mobi hele evdo+cradlepoint for my n8x0. with wimax n810 i realize i can only use it on that device. i hope to see mifi personal hot spot in 4g form.

  • How about getting the Evo for $200, after 30 days, pay 200 etf. Total of 400 bucks? Here’s the deal.

    With Sprint, There is a mail in rebate for sure. lets say, the phone is $600 minus $200 for 2 year contract and $200 MIR. so the phone cost $200.

    With Sprint, You cannot cancel and keep the phone within 30 days. You have to return the phone within 30 days or else they will not cancel the contract.

    Cancel the contract on day 31. Yes you can cancel the phone on day 31 but the mail in rebate will not be returned and you will be paying the ETF, And the 1st month’s bill. You can keep the phone but it does not make sense coz you will be paying more with this method.

    Best method, Get the phone on a third party reseller like Radio Shack. They will give you the phone with no MIR for $200. Cancel the contract with Sprint after day 31 and will just pay them ETF + first month bill.

    Probably a better Method but not tested. Buy the Phone for $200 at a reseller. Cancel the contract with Sprint within 30 days. You don’t pay ETF. I heard that Sprint will not ask to return the phone coz You did not buy it from them. So basically, Your inside the 30 day free trial with Sprint. Sprint does not have any connections to what resellers do.

  • Clear is not shady at all, their service is rock solid for me on both of my USB modems that I use in tandem with my Cradlepoint routers. I average about 5Mbps down, 1Mbps up and I’ve seen occasional downlink speeds in excess of 10Mbps.

    The Time Warner (Roadrunner) mobile broadband is actually just bandwidth they lease from Clear. Well, they don’t really lease it, since they are partners in Clear along with Sprint and a few other companies.

    One other thing…the N810 WiMax Edition *does not* work on the Clear network. See this article I wrote detailing my experience with it:

    The N810WE was designed to work on the original XOHM WiMax network, which only ever went live in Baltimore and maybe one other city before it switched to Clear and Sprint.

  • This would be a great way to save some money unless Sprint and/or radio Shack decide to handle the EVO more like a netbook because of the higher data usage. RS had some crazy ETF fees when they started selling integrated 3G devices from AT&T, and the ETF dropped in price only after you had service for 90 days.

    If they handle the EVO that way, that will add roughly $210+ to the ETF ($70/month, Everything Data plan), which would negate the savings.

    Myself, I’m getting one under contract since I’m eligile for an upgrade.


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