Clearwire targets Apple crowd with iSpot

Summary:Clearwire is looking to tap into disdain for AT&T among Apple users to poach a few accounts.

Clearwire is rolling out a 4G hotspot dubbed the iSpot to appeal to Apple users.

The WiMax service provider on Wednesday launched the iSpot, a personal hotspot with dedicated support for the iPad, iPod touch and iPhone. In many respects, the Clearwire move makes a lot of sense. Most Apple plans are tethered somehow to AT&T. Clearwire is looking to tap into disdain for AT&T  among Apple users to poach a few accounts.

How does the iSpot support Apple gear? Clearwire said the iSpot is made exclusively for Apple devices with a casing that blends in with the iPad, iPod and iPhone. ISpot users can share access with up to eight Apple devices at once.

The iSpot will run you $99.99 with a monthly service fee starting at $25 without contract (statement).

Aside from the different color, the iSpot doesn't look much different than its PC hotspot, which is black. The one rub for the iSpot is that it only offers 4G coverage. Bottom line: If Clearwire isn't in your city the iSpot's use will be limited.


Topics: Apple, Mobility, Networking


Larry Dignan is Editor in Chief of ZDNet and SmartPlanet as well as Editorial Director of ZDNet's sister site TechRepublic. He was most recently Executive Editor of News and Blogs at ZDNet. Prior to that he was executive news editor at eWeek and news editor at Baseline. He also served as the East Coast news editor and finance editor at CN... Full Bio

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