The new Clearwire has relaunched its newly merged service thanks to the XOHM transaction as Clearâ„¢Â in select areas of Portland, Oregon.
The service consists of a USB modem for $50 or a desktop modem for $5 a month with service tiers delineated by dedicated Home, Mobile, or Combo access tiers with access starting from $20 a month all the way up to $60 depending on speed and term agreement with a forthcoming daily mobile access tier.Â
The service will also compatible with a growing lineup of Centrino 2 based laptops with built-in WiMax radios, but as the service is currently rebranded Clearwire at the moment, the current XOHM hardware is not yet compatible with the network as the XOHM infrastructure has yet to be integrated on the backend in terms of billing and provisioning systems.
The service will also be launched inÂ Las Vegas, Atlanta, and Grand Rapids, Michigan, but no information was provided on the pending launch of former XOHM markets in Washington DC, Dallas/Ft. Worth, and Chicago.
Update: Clear has confirmed to PhoneNews.com that no foreign device can be activated on Clear service at this time. That includes the Nokia N810 WiMAX Edition and all WiMAX-enabled notebooks. Clear has confirmed that Centrino 2 WiMAX-enabled notebooks will be certified as mobile laptops, for use with the existing pricing plan.
Part of the delay on foreign devices, appears to be due to Clear’s billing system. Until Clear integrates XOHM’s more-robust billing system, Clearwire’s older billing system is being used. That system was not designed to support a broad range of devices, and Clear appears to intend on charging more to home and laptop users, and less to lower-tier mobile devices.