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CLEAR Canceling All Dealers & Distributors As Of August 31, 2013

NO_CLEAR_DEALERSWell they say all good things must come to an end, and I guess August 31, 2013 will be the end of the CLEAR experience for us as well.

We’ve been a CLEAR dealer / agent / reseller since the fall of 2009 here in San Antonio, TX, and later was allowed to expand national so that we could better serve our customers who were buying our revolutionary external modems for use on CLEAR’s network.

We will continue to offer external antenna and modem solutions, but are currently unable to provide the Hub Express modem to perform any “reconfiguration” or “conversion” work upon.  All future customers will need to buy a modem direct from CLEAR’s online website, or from select Best Buy stores who reportedly will continue to stock and sell CLEAR modems.

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Apollo Clearspot & 4G USB MOBILE Antennas Now Available

We now have MOBILE Antennas for the CLEAR Apollo Clearspot modem & the 4G USB Modem (PXU1900) available for sale. These antennas are the ones we were testing for the past couple of weeks or so. Our tests (with the Apollo Clearspot sitting on the console between the driver and passenger seats in our mini-van) proved that mobile connectivity remained higher with the mobile antenna, than without it, as we drove around downtown and urban Houston & San Antonio, Texas.

The antenna can be used with either designated CLEAR device, by using the supplied pigtail adapter attached to the cable, or by removing the pigtail, used with the CLEAR Hub Express modem (assuming you have proper power supplied to the Hub Express in your vehicle).  This antenna is designed for use with a ground plane (metal surface), so it won’t stick on fiberglass.

The mobile antenna is only 8″ tall, has a magnetic mount base that is about 2.25″ diameter, with 12′ of RG-58 cable and of course the correct pigtail adapter to fit either the the Apollo 4G WiMax Clearspot or the CLEAR 4G USB modem (PXU1900, not the just released USB Stick Atlas). The antenna had no problems staying on top of our van while driving 75-80 mph on the freeway for the 900+ miles we put on the van during the testing. Even during the thunderstorms with winds gusting 25-35 mph, plus the speed of the vehicle, the antenna stayed put on the roof without moving.  Every antenna is tested by us, prior to shipping, to prevent DOA complaints.  As a licensed ham radio operator, we’re very familiar with antennas & connectors.

The best location to mount this antenna is near the center of your roof. Be sure to wipe the surface of the roof, and the bottom side of the magnet, to prevent debris from being between the two surfaces.  Don’t “scoot” the magnet around, or it may scratch the surface paint.  Tilt the antenna by grabbing it near the base and tipping it over to break the magnetic seal.  If that means placing it closer to the edge of  your roof where you can reach it, then put it there instead.

We were able to negotiate a slight price decrease from our supplier for this batch, and further negotiations are underway, so this batch of antennas will be selling for $89.95, with FREE USPS Priority Mail shipping included (2-3 day avg delivery quoted by USPS, but our experience has been closer to the 2 day, unless you are in the east / west coastal areas).  Texas sales tax will be added for orders with Texas shipping addresses only.

As usual, we are offering a 100% Satisfaction, Money Back Guarantee on this item. Try it for up to 7 days, and if you are not satisfied, contact us & then return it to us in good condition, just pay return postage, and we’ll refund your original purchase price. No excuses needed, if you aren’t happy with it, we’ll take it back!

Please use the PayPal button below to order this antenna.

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Mobile Antenna Testing – Apollo – Hub Express – 4G USB

Today, we’ve spent some time playing with a new mobile antenna design, this time intended to be used in a vehicle while connected to an Apollo Clearspot, 4G USB (PXU1900) modem, or the Hub Express (with suitable 12v power supply adapter).

Since the Fall of 2011, we’ve been selling the popular Apollo Antenna Kit, which consists of a 10dbi panel antenna in a weatherproof enclosure, primarilly intended for a static / fixed location in a house / building, etc. But we’ve had lots of people asking us for something to use in their Hummer, or mini van, and until now, we didn’t have an answer to give them.

The guy with the Hummer bought 2 of the current Apollo Antenna Kits (photo on left) and simply mounted one facing foward and the other backwards, to get the best signal, but what about sideways?

So, despite the fact that it’s raining today here in San Antonio, Texas, we’ve been driving around town testing a new antenna design that is only 8″ tall, magnetic mount base, with  12 feet of RG58 coax cable.  The antenna is only rated at 5dbi gain in the 2.5ghz band, that’s only half the gain of its cousin, the panel antenna, but that loss of gain is mostly due to the antenna being omni-directional, rather than directional like the panel antenna.

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Happy Year Of The Dragon! Now Get Back To Work! LOL

Inventory of  key components for the CLEARTM Apollo 4G ClearspotTM Antenna Kit, has been almost depleted due to higher than expected sales of this apparently very popular item.  But never fear!  We’re restocking as you read this, and should be back up to full levels by mid February at the latest.  Please contact us before ordering to confirm inventory levels.

Sales of this popular item had recently spiked, following our appearance at a local trade show a couple of weeks ago, causing us to get caught without sufficient inventory to fulfill new orders until after the two week Chinese Spring Festival / New Year has concluded and our suppliers have gotten back to work.

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Apollo 4G Clearspots and Antenna Kits Both In Stock

Our readers are used to hearing about our Apollo Antenna Kits, but now we also have the actual Apollo Clearspots in stock as well.  We only have limited quantities on hand, but our CLEAR distributor has promised to keep feeding us with inventory.

WiMaxSATX is now authorized to sell / activate CLEAR modems / services in every CLEAR market inside the USA, so if you have been looking for these somewhat hard to find items, please contact us via email.  Due to the small quantities in inventory, we’re not putting up a “buy now” button for the actual Clearspot. 

Our price is $115, with FREE USPS Priority Mail shipping included. Texas residents will be charged sales tax. Activation not included, since that’s being charged thru CLEAR’s system.

We can handle the Activation as well, and since these are hard to get, and profit margins so slim, we’re only willing to sell those units that we get to activate as well. CLEAR’s Plans are $49.99/month.

Call  210-771-7075 (7 days/week, 9am-9pm CT) or email us to find out our current inventory status before you send us any money.  We will send you a PayPal invoice for the correct amount and ship same or next day upon receiving payment, depending upon the USPS pickup schedules.

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2012 Arrives – Full Inventory of Apollo Antenna Kits on hand!

We’ve been selling the Apollo Antenna Kit out the door about as fast as you can click the button on the right to order one. Depending upon the time of day we see your order, we either ship same or next business day, so keep those orders flowing!  Just shipped one to Virginia, getting ready to deliver a couple of local orders between now and the weekend.

Either click the “buy now” button shown under the photo in the top right corner of this website, or contact us via email and we can send you a PayPal invoice to complete your order!

Thanks for a great 2011 year, and for starting our 2012 year off with such a great start!  

Lee Besing
WiMaxSATX.com
210-771-7075 (cell – voice/text)

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Apollo Antenna Kit – Before & After Test Comparisons

I’ve had several folks asking what sort of improvement they could expect to get, if they bought the Apollo Antenna Kit from us.  The first person to ask, was a CLEAR employee on the CLEAR support forum.   So, we did a test, knowing that experiences will vary depending upon the user’s environmenet & location of the nearest tower, etc.

I did the test shown below, from my back office in a room of my  house away from the nearest tower.  My house is officially in the “no coverage zone”, according to CLEAR’s coverage map.  Of course that has never stopped me from getting my CLEAR modems to work there, but the map says it won’t happen. :)

My  nearest tower site is about a mile away, line of site, with a ridge line & houses between the house and the tower.  A standard home modem, inside the house, gets about 5mbps download speed.   Our outdoor modem will usually pull down about double that speed, but that’s not using the Apollo Antenna kit.  Those outdoor home modems are available from www.ClearlyWimax.com.

Okay, back to the test results.  Your mileage will vary, but here are two screen shots from my own live test.  I did all testing indoors, with the antenna in the same room as the Apollo Clearspot.  I did not put the antenna outside for testing, because some prospective buyers were asking about using the antenna inside a room without windows or outside doors.

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External Antenna for the CLEAR 4G Apollo Hotspot Now Available

After months of painstaking R&D, WiMax San Antonio has developed an effective working external antenna solution for the newest Clearspot called the Apollo Hotspot.   

The Apollo model was released by CLEAR Wimax about 3 months ago, and boasts a 6 hour battery life and an LED display that is much more informative than it’s predecessor’s colored lights.

The Apollo 4G Clearspot is a square shaped hotspot, rather than oval shaped, and has antenna connectors on the bottom.  The only problem?  CLEAR doesn’t sell / provide any external antennas to take advantage of those connectors.  

So WiMax San Antonio’s R&D crew tackled the problem and came up with an affordable working solution.

We’re now providing buyers with a light weight (less than a pound) 10 dbi gain panel antenna, that is rated for outdoor use,  but small enough for indoor or semi-portable usage.   The cable connecting the antenna to the Apollo Clearspot hotspot is about 15′ feet in length, letting you place / mount the antenna near a window, or even outside, while keeping the (non-weatherproof) Apollo Clearspot safely indoors. 

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Get 2 CLEAR 4G or 4G+ Hotspots For Christmas!

CLEAR 4G+ Hotspot with AC Charger / USB cable connected

CLEAR 4G+ Hotspot with AC Charger / USB cable connected

CLEAR is the perfect gift for your family, the gift of mobile Internet.  Got kids in college?  Get them a 4G+ hotspot to go, the perfect solution for portable Internet.   Only $80/month service fee for 2 4G+ Hotspots, plus lease fee of $9/each.  Monthly bill less than $100 for 2 of them, compared with $68 for just 1 of them.  Works on CLEAR’s 4G network and Sprint’s 3G network.  Unlimited usage on 4G, 5gb/month usage limit on the 3G mode.

Are they always in normal CLEAR coverage areas?  Get them some 4G Hotspots.  $45/month service for 1, $60/month for 2, $80/month service fee for 3.  Monthly lease is $6 each. 

Got an iPhone, iPad or iPod?  Get the iSpot from CLEAR for only $25/month service fee.  Cost of iSpot is $99 plus tax, no lease available.  No contract available, just month to month, but no activation fee.  Heard from one customer that the latest firmware update made the iSpot more sensitive and worked with their MacBook Pro.   CLEAR doesn’t support the MacBook Pro, but it worked for this customer.

We’ve got each of the above available for in person demo in the San Antonio area upon request, by appointment only, 7 days a week.

Call us at 210-771-7075 or email us at lee@wimaxsatx.com for more information about CLEAR services in the San Antonio / Austin area, or for computer support.

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CLEAR’s Clearspot 4G+ On Backorder

Have you ever noticed around Christmas time especially, or in the grocery store when it’s the night before a holiday, that the item you really wanted, wasn’t on the shelf at the store?  Too much demand for the current supply chain.

Well, with the big push this month in August for the “Back to School” special deals on all CLEAR 4G+ modems and hotspots, the demand has out stripped the available supply of 4G+ Hotspot modems. 

At only $50/month for service, plus $5.99/month for equipment, this item has proven to be extremely popular with the customers, breaking sales goals set by corporate, just like the San Antonio market has exceeded its sales goals for 2010 SIX MONTHS EARLY.

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