A year has passed since my last post on this topic, but the sign up calls keep on coming. during the 2016 holiday season, I averaged 2 or 3 calls per day from folks all over the country who wanted to sign up for CLEAR Internet services.
They found my number on Google, but obviously did not check out this website before calling. I had to change my voice-mail greeting to warn folks that I am not a CLEAR dealer anymore. Lol
January 2016 has arrived, but I still continue to receive phone calls asking to be signed up for CLEAR’s WiMax wireless Internet services, but unfortunately I am unable to help them.
Recap: Sprint bought out CLEAR’s parent company, Clearwire, in 2013 and terminated all dealers and store outlets. They announced plans to shut down the CLEAR WiMax network in November 2015. On November 6, 2015, all CLEAR users were shut down, except for a few non profit groups who have sued CLEAR and Sprint for breach of contract. That lawsuit did not help prevent the rest of us users from being turned off last November, however.
I have researched possible alternative to the wonderful services that CLEAR had been offering, but came up empty. Nobody is offering unlimited data for the anywhere near the affordable prices that CLEAR had been charging.
I’ve found two similar services that might work out as substitutes for some folks.
FreedomPop is a wireless internet and mobile phone service provider based in Los Angeles, California. The company provides wireless data, voice, and text services on Sprint’s LTE network. Check out https://www.freedompop.com/#onTheGo for more details
Karma Go is an LTE hotspot only service. You can purchase a monthly rate of $50, or buy a data package for rates ranging from $14/gb, up to to data packages of $99 for 10gb. You buy the hardware and sign up for a data plan. For those who didn’t use a lot of data, buying a $99 package and running until you run out, isn’t a bad way to go. Check out https://yourkarma.com/how-it-works for more details.
I received the following email on April 30, 2015. Other than having a CLEAR logo on the top, this is the text of the message. – Lee Wimaxsatx.com
Dear Valued CLEAR/Clearwire Customer,
You are receiving this notice because our records show you are subscribed to services on the CLEAR 4G (WiMAX) Network or Clearwire Expedience network. Sprint is in the process of implementing major enhancements to the Sprint 4G LTE Network, including the deployment of Sprint Spark, an enhanced LTE network capability, by repurposing the CLEAR 4G (WiMAX) Network and Clearwire Expedience Network. As a valued customer, we are providing you formal notice that Sprint will cease operating the CLEAR 4G (WiMAX) Network and Clearwire Expedience Network on November 6, 2015 at 12:01AM EST.
What this means to you:
• Sprint will no longer support CLEAR 4G WiMAX and Clearwire Expedience devices or services.
• Your CLEAR 4G WiMAX and Clearwire Expedience devices and services will no longer work,
including your ability to contact 9-1-1.
• You should not return your device(s).
To discuss your options or learn more, please call 1-888-888-3113.
Thank you for your business.
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Sprint (NYSE:S) confirmed it will shut off service on its mobile WIMAX network on or around Nov. 6, 2015, giving further clarity on its network evolution.
Sprint spokeswoman Adrienne Norton confirmed the date to FierceWireless. The date was first unearthed in an internal company email posted by the blog Android Central.
In April, Sprint said in a Securities and Exchange Commission filing that it would “cease using WiMAX technology by the end of 2015.” As part of that effort, Sprint said it identified approximately 6,000 “redundant sites that we expect to decommission and terminate the underlying leases.”
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