Clearwire Communications today announced that it has expanded it’s WiMax 4G service to 5 more cities. Starting today, customers in Los Angeles, Miami, Cincinnati, Cleveland, and Columbus, Ohio, can access Clearwire’s 4G service. Clearwire said, it now covers 103 million people around the United States in 68 markets. The service is already available in cities such as Washington, D.C., New York, Las Vegas and Seattle. San Francisco is expected to roll-out on December 28, 2010.
The company’s Clear 4G plans start at $25 per month. The service boasts up to 6Mbps download speeds and up to 1Mbps upload speeds. If customers opt for the Clear 4G+ plan, they can access Sprint’s 3G network whenever they lose the ability to connect to the Web via 4G. That option costs $55 per month. Sprint is an investor in Clearwire, which is why Clear 4G+ plan subscribers can also access the carrier’s 3G service.
With the availability of the 4G service in those cities, Sprint customers can also access the network through the carrier. In other words, customers can choose to either pay Clear or Sprint for access to the 4G network. It’s a strategy the companies follow in each market where their 4G is available. Comcast, another investor in Clearwire, also offers 4G service in some markets.
The Clearwire 4G network is available in the following markets (alphabetically by state): Merced, Visalia, Modesto and Stockton, Calif.; New Haven and Hartford, Conn.; central Washington, D.C.; Wilmington, Del.; Tampa Bay, Orlando, Daytona Beach and Jacksonville, Fla.; Atlanta and Milledgeville, Ga.; Honolulu and Maui, Hawaii; Boise, Idaho; Chicago, Ill.; Boston, Mass.; Baltimore, Md.; Grand Rapids, Mich.; Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minn.; St. Louis and Kansas City, Mo.; Charlotte, Raleigh, and Greensboro, N.C.; Trenton and New Brunswick, N.J.; New York, Syracuse and Rochester, N.Y.; Las Vegas, Nev.; Salem, Portland and Eugene, Ore.; Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, Harrisburg, Reading, Lancaster and York, Pa.; Providence, R.I.; Nashville, Tenn.; Dallas/Ft. Worth, Houston, San Antonio, Austin, Abilene, Amarillo, Corpus Christi, Killeen/Temple, Lubbock, Midland/Odessa, Waco and Wichita Falls, Texas; Salt Lake City, Utah; Richmond, Va.; Seattle, Tri-Cities, Yakima and Bellingham, Wash.