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Clear iSpot brings 4G WiMax to iOS for $29/month

Clear is now offering a small, rounded white box called iSpot that promises 4G WiMax hotspot action for iOS devices -- iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad -- for the very reasonable $29 a month.

iSpot is your very own 4G hotspot that lets you connect up to eight of your favorite Wi-Fi-enabled Apple mobile devices, giving you freedom to use Super Fast Mobile Internet™ on the go anywhere Clear has coverage. And major bragging rights over your friends who run their Apple devices over some old school connection.

If you're in an area that offers 4G WiMax and are in the market for a hotspot/MiFi type solution, it's certainly something to check out. Reportedly, the iOS-only restriction is via MAC address filter, so for network savvy types it could potentially be an even broader solution (though you'd have to check your TOS).

Anyone trying it out?

Rene Ritchie
Rene Ritchie

Rene Ritchie is one of the most respected Apple analysts in the business, reaching a combined audience of over 40 million readers a month. His YouTube channel, Vector, has over 90 thousand subscribers and 14 million views and his podcasts, including Debug, have been downloaded over 20 million times. He also regularly co-hosts MacBreak Weekly for the TWiT network and co-hosted CES Live! and Talk Mobile. Based in Montreal, Rene is a former director of product marketing, web developer, and graphic designer. He's authored several books and appeared on numerous television and radio segments to discuss Apple and the technology industry. When not working, he likes to cook, grapple, and spend time with his friends and family.

  • I'd be very wary of using Clear. I tried their mobile service recently in Portland, Oregon, where they claimed to have 4G coverage. I found the "coverage" was extremely spotty and was never able to achieve the speeds they claimed I could get (even in the Clear store, they couldn't get faster than 1.5mbps. They're trying to place antennas all over the city, but neighborhoods are fighting it because the equipment is placed on neighborhood streets and is apparently quite noisy. I would not recommend this company at all!
  • Why wouldn't you just go with the CLEAR Spot 4G+ for only $5 a month. Of course there is a contract, but compared to $25 a month it is a steal. A two year contract amounts to $120 over 2 years which is the same price as less than 5 months on the iSpot.
  • I agree. I used this clear service in my area and returned it back in 3 days. They claim you get 5 bars when you take it home you only get 2, 3 if your lucky. And the processes to get your money back is such a hassle. Defenitly not recommend this
  • just got one today to try it out, Ill try to get a video out asap to review. Its got a 14 day return policy so if it sucks ill just return it with a small shipping fee.
  • I have been using the iSpot all morning. ALso just got it to try it out for 14 days. I have NO intention of keeping it since its of no use (I have unlimited plans on both iPhone and iPad.
    So far the iPhone can connect without a problem. The iPad has been unsuccessful. I can connect to the iSpot but it won't allow me to browse the internet. I get re-directed to a webstite that says this device is not allowed since it's not an Apple Mobile Device like an iPad, iPod, or iPhone!!! Go figure!
    The problem is the modem thinks my iPad's MAC address belongs to a non-mobile device and it's blocking it. I spent 45 min with tech support. At first the told me the problem was the iPad and suggested i call apple. I told them to go F themselves and to transfer me to someone who knew what they were talking about.
    So eventually I climnbed up the ranks of tech support and they acknowledged the problem and told me it was a systems-wide issue were numerous iPads were unable to connect. They are looking into it.
    My guess is the chose poorly in selecting MAC filtering. Its too easy to bypass. I'm sure this will be fixed with a firmware update sometime soon.
    Anyone else having problems?
  • Hate to be the buzzkill, but the real 4G is just a technology proposal at this point. It won't be rolled out until 2012, but when it is available, it'll kill WiMax. Maybe that's why they're having a fire sale now. To make money while they still can.
  • You're just now finding out that the 4G network isn't really 4G at all? LTE (long term evolution) is the REAL 4G network that won't be available until SUPPOSEDLY 2012 (who knows for sure though with this kinda stuff). The current "4G" network is nothing more than a VERY widespread wifi hotspot. That's it... and Sprint is SOMEHOW making a boatload of money with false advertisement. IDK how it's legal. But it must be.
  • I hate to kill everyones buzzkill but the real real 4G is going to be that which the latest most expensive marketing campaign says is the real real 4G. Of course that assumes that consumer drones swallow the load. In truth there are only results and those of you who can't cope with Clear beating your precious idols to market need to keep in mind that at least Clear is gaining real world feedback from real world customers while the remaining pocket raping corporations out their are still just passing out sunshine.
  • 4 hours of battery life???
    this is a joke right?
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  • I love Clear's service in Las Vegas, NV. I've had them for over a year. I upgraded to the Clearspot 4G+ and love it! The only thing is that the batter USB charger cable on the device broke out/fell out. So, I called & they are sending me one in 3-7 days. I said, wait a minute can we try to not go a week without internet, for my work? School? Business? Life? So is there a battery charger I can buy? Should I hot-wire it? Why aren't we solution based instead wait for a new one? Any ideas?
  • beware of Clear, went back to roadrunner after 14 day trial. service was inconsistent, TOS was very suspect, and their support forum was riddled w unsatisfied customers