Clearwire launches new 4G modems, supports Apple laptops

Summary:Clearwire on rolled out three new 4G modems, including one to support Apple laptops.

Clearwire on Thursday rolled out three new 4G modems, including one to support Apple laptops.

Clearwire has been expanding into new cities as it builds out its cities. The plan for Clearwire is to be able to reach 120 million people by the end of the year. Meanwhile, Clearwire has responded to AT&T's move to cap data plans by promising that its service will remain all you can eat.

Among the new devices:

  • Clear Spot 4G serves as a Wi-Fi/Mi-Fi hotspot and can connect multiple devices to the 4G networks. This modem is manufactured by Infomark and will run you $99.99 or $4.99 for a monthly lease.
  • Clear Spot 4G+ also acts as a mobile hotspot, but can toggle between 3G and 4G services when out of the 4G coverage area. The 3G coverage is provided by Clearwire partner Sprint. This modem, made by Sierra Wireless, is available for $224.99 or $5.99 a month on a lease.
  • Clear 4G+ and Mobile USB modem (right) is a dual-mode device that supports the MacBook and MacBook Pro as well as PCs. The modem, also made by Sierra Wireless, can connect up to five Wi-Fi devices and will run you $114.99 or $5.99 a month on a lease. This modem will support Mac OS X as well as Windows XP, Vista and 7. All Clearwire markets will be available July 1.

Related: Clearwire's future: LTE, wholesale and cash worries

Topics: Laptops, Apple, Hardware, Mobility, Networking


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