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12 responses to “Clearwire Facing Class Action Suit from Former Customers”

  1. F1

    One less choice, sad to see them failing:

    Just two months ago, I came across a SoCal CLEARWIRE Mall-kiosk, the representative was very nice, he demonstrated the hardware line up and the pricing structure and a supporting coverage-location map of their website, however; what alarmed me was the fact that the live demo was not once 4G, never exceeding 3G, reminded me of pre-booster era SPRINT, having stores in locations with very poor if any coverage, thankfully that recollection, prevented me from undertaking any further action.

    In an ironic twist, this will be critical for SPRINT’s 4G, likely pushing it further into the arms of LTE.

    Thank You

  2. Phoneman

    Lol, I knew this would happen eventually. Serves them right. First they charge for 4G even if you have no way to get 4G in your area. Then they add the stupid fee to 3G phones too, even if you have an unlimited plan and your phone has previously been active on your current plan.

  3. Christopher Price

    Phoneman, that was Sprint doing the charging on Sprint 4G devices, not Clearwire.

    Clearwire only wanted to bill Sprint for Sprint 4G devices that used 4G service (on Clearwire’s network) in a given month.

  4. Phoneman

    Well with Sprint being the majority owner of Clearwire, I look at them as one and the same.
    Sprint should absolutely be named in this class action though.

  5. Christopher Price

    While I understand the sentiment, Clearwire is separate from Sprint in this matter.

    Sprint has added the notion of throttling 4G customers, but like Verizon, has not exercised it yet. If Sprint were to throttle customers who previously signed on before throttling was added to the ToS, then they would have to be let out of their contracts.

    In this particular case however, the only customers that have been throttled are Clear 4G Home customers. And, those who are month-to-month customers probably don’t have a legal leg to stand on, as they are not locked into a commitment, and can either return/sell their gear.

  6. F1

    I predict in short order, one of two things will occur,
    either SPRINT will buy out CLEARWIRE completely or they will pull out with significant losses and subsequently turn to LTE, in that case, most likely T-Mobile would be out of the picture for good.

    Thank You

  7. Phoneman

    Is this the same suit?

    That one says it is Sprint being sued, for basically the reasons I was talking about earlier.

    Did they get it wrong or is that a different suit?

  8. DP

    That’s quite obviously a different lawsuit.

  9. F1

    While I agree on the lawsuit being different, I do very much appreciate the informative link, of particular interest to me was the inclusion of dozens of so called “Unlimited Data” plans, which should cover millions of legacy account holders, who in turn are hindered of switching to the hardware of their choice, i.e. any variation of “Smartphones”!

    I guess one step at the time, meanwhile enjoy the latest misguided SPRINT AD:

    Mind you that all E.P. is subject to the ‘premium data’ $10 no discount eligible charge. Sorry for going off topic.

    Thank You

  10. F1

    F1 on March 11th, 2011, 4:22 pm

    I predict in short order, SPRINT…subsequently turn to LTE..

    Ladies and Gentlemen I present to you:

    Thank You

  11. John

    Two things. If you don’t have 4G coverage and opt to get the phone anyway that’s on you. Same goes for all the other carriers 3G and HSPA+ services plus Verizon’s LTE. An adult not being able to stop themselves from buying a phone they can’t get a certain coverage for but want anyways is hard to feel sympathy for. But second the charge isn’t surprising as all the other carriers are/will do it aswell. Sprint’s mistake is trying to act like it isn’t a 4G charge. Newsflash: These same arguments were made when 3G came. First adopters charge basically while the device portfolio/coverage is expanded with the money to pull in new and existing customers to the higher costing userbase.

  12. F1

    F1 T Mobile out of the picture for good…didn’t just say that the other day?