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Clearwire Connects With Best Buy

Retailer can offer its own branded 4G service

Best Buy is getting into the Clear 4G experience.

Clearwire said it signed a wholesale agreement in which the big retailer will use Clearwire’s 4G network to offer mobile Internet service to customers under its own branded service.

“Beginning in 2011, Best Buy will offer a new 4G tier for its recently introduced Best Buy Connect service,” they announced. “Best Buy Connect was conceived to help accelerate mobile broadband adoption by providing consumers the convenience of one-stop shopping for devices, service activation, billing and customer support from Best Buy.”

A Best Buy official said the agreement “paves the way to providing one-stop shopping and support for mobile broadband as more people become more connected across all kinds of devices.”

Clearwire officials positioned the development as “particularly strategic for our ‘network of networks’ business model. Not only is this one of the first major wholesale agreements beyond our group of strategic investors, but it also demonstrates the interest in our network from companies outside of traditional service providers.”

Clearwire continues to roll out its service, marketed through its own brand Clear plus wholesale relationships with Sprint, Comcast and Time Warner Cable.