Clearwire launches new 4G modems, supports Apple laptops

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, Wi-Fi

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  • RE: Clearwire launches new 4G modems, supports Apple laptops

    Ok! This headline makes no sense, clear wire modems have supported apple lap tops for quite some time. I was using them on mine month's ago.
  • Like saying my new ballpoint pen...

    ...supports the use of paper.
    Feldwebel Wolfenstool
  • Not only that - all of the listed models support all Apple Devices with WiF

    2 out of 3 of these devices will work with All apple desktops, laptops, iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, Apple TV, etc.

    The third will work with Apple Laptops and desktops.

    Since the major wireless data providers offer USB based dongles for Apple devices, and also now offer WiFi versions that work with Apple devices, what is the news here?

    I could point you to the advertising for all carriers in this country, which use MacBooks in the imagery for their Wireless data offering.

    Is this just spin, to pretend it is somehow unusual to offer Apple support for a USB dongle?

    Or is this just a sign of ignorance by the sub-editor? does ZDNet have sub-editors?

    Or is it just that putting the word Apple in a headline increases hits?
  • What Larry meant was...

    This new USB dongle is the first Dual-Mode (4G/3G) device for Macs. The previous dongle for Macs was 4G only, but this new one can access a 3G network if the user goes outside of CLEAR's 4G network.
  • RE: Clearwire launches new 4G modems, supports Apple laptops

    Also, and I am not saying this is the case, but it's a matter of how you define "support."

    I have devices that are not supported in Windows 7, or Snow Leopard, but yet I get them to operate in those two OSes in my home.

    Support, in the industry referenced, also means that if you have this Clearwire service that they offer you technical guidance in getting Internet to work on your Apple device.

    I know of regional ISPs whose access works with whatever it connects to, however if a customer needed help (read SUPPORT) in configuration of their OS to use said service, the ISP had the ability to assist with Windows and not OS X.

    Any chance that's what was meant?
  • NewsFlash:

    Clearwire supports WINDOWS!!! woo hoo...

    (Seriously slow news day or what? ) Obviously it is gonna support Apple and MS products.