Clearwire adds Baltimore, D.C. and K.C. to WiMAX Market List

June 1, 2010

Clearwire’s march toward a national WiMAX network expanded again Tuesday, with the formal launch of services in Kansas City, Washington, D.C., and (finally) the revamping of the Baltimore market, which had previously been a “live” market under the Sprint Xohm brand.

The three new cities, announced on the Clearwire web site (see press releases for Baltimore, D.C. and Kansas City) brings the total of live mobile WiMAX markets under the Clear brand to 34 in the U.S., with another 25 on tap for the remainder of 2010 including the big burgs of New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Miami, and… Cleveland, among others.

Bringing the Baltimore market (finally) under the Clear brand puts the final chapter in place for the Sprint-branded Xohm service, which when launched there in September of 2008 was the first big-city implementation of mobile WiMAX here in the U.S. Like in all previously launched markets, Clearwire’s coverage maps for its newest service areas include network data to give users a real-world look at where signals are strong and where they are weak — an open, honest assessment of network utility that so far no other competitor has matched.

(Clearwire map of coverage in Kansas City; credit: Clearwire Corp.)

Xohm Becomes Clear on Dec. 2

November 10, 2009

Take heart, brave customers of the WiMAX brand known as Xohm — for on Dec. 2 of this year, your service will be switched over to Clearwire’s Clear WiMAX service, at what appears to be no extra cost to current Xohm customers.

While we may hear more official news about the cutover during this afternoon’s quarterly earnings call, Clearwire has already started sending emails to current Xohm customers in the Baltimore area, telling them to act now to get a free new modem and/or a software upgrade so that they can connect to the new Clear network that is about to go online. From an email sent to us by a loyal Sidecut tipster, Clearwire said in part:

On December 2, we’ll flip the switch. On that day, simply follow the instructions that ship with your new modem and software, and you’ll be online surfing in no time. No service interruptions. Your bill will remain the same, and you won’t be charged a thing for the new modem and software.

Sounds like a happy ending for the star-crossed initial implementation of mobile WiMAX in the U.S. Now, for the execution… always the hard part.

Xohm, Going Down for the Count

October 25, 2009

After a little over a year, the first big market in the U.S. to get mobile WiMAX services is going offline, probably for a month or so, something that was predicted and that we talked about a couple weeks ago. Just because we care… looks like the Xohm website is now only open to registered users, or the few and brave who already bought WiMAX services in Baltimore.

Still no word from Clearwire folks who last week nailed down most of the remaining 2009 launch schedule without adding any details about when the good folks in Baltimore can expect to see Clear services replacing Xohm. Guessing we may hear more this week at the Sprint developer conference right here in Sillycon Valley, so we will let you know what we hear.

UPDATE, 10/27/09: At the Sprint Open Developers Conference today we saw a market-launches slide with Baltimore in the 2010 column. Don’t look good, Baltimore!