Clearwire laid out a timetable for introducing its closely watched WiMax-based 4G mobile Internet technology in more markets.
Clearwire, Comcast and Sprint will launch services in Philadelphia in the next several weeks, “with official launch events and retail store openings to follow.” They will then begin selling in Chicago in November and Seattle/Tacoma area in December. Each will offer services under their own brands. Clearwire’s service is called Clear. Comcast’s is Comcast High-Speed 2go, sold as part of a bundle of in-home wired Internet with wireless Internet. Sprint’s is called Sprint 4G.
Clearwire and Sprint also said they’ll launch 4G service in Charlotte, Greensboro and Raleigh, N.C., as well as Austin, Dallas/Fort Worth and San Antonio, Texas in November, and in Honolulu and Maui, Hawaii in early December.
“Consumers and businesses should expect to see additional network expansions throughout these cities, and a wide-range of independent marketing and advertising initiatives,” Clearwire said.