NetZero 4G experienced 28 percent growth in mobile broadband accounts during the first quarter of 2013, reaching 41,000 subscriptions.
MVNO FreedomPop announced it is beginning to move its services onto Sprint Nextel's CDMA EV-DO network, a move that will allow the company sell services nationwide rather than just in Clearwire's WiMAX coverage area. FreedomPop said the first device to make use of Sprint's network will be its new Overdrive Pro mobile hotspot. FreedomPop CEO Stephen Stokols also confirmed to FierceWireless that the company's business model is working, and that FreedomPop is currently "profitable from a gross margin perspective."
Mobile Beacon, which provides Clearwire's WiMAX mobile broadband service exclusively to nonprofits, is expanding its donation program through TechSoup Global from one device per fiscal year to a maximum of 11. Eligible devices include a Wi-Fi modem, a USB modem and a mobile hotspot.
Clearwire MVNO FreedomPop announced today that its long-delayed iPhone Sleeve may soon be released commercially. The company said the FCC has completed testing the gadget and that "a decision by the FCC is expected by the end of April."
WiMAX technology continues to extend wireless broadband service to developing markets around the world, with deployments in Nepal, Malawi and Russia garnering recent headlines.
Clearwire MVNO FreedomPop has partnered with Connect2Compete, a national nonprofit targeting the digital divide, to provide free and low-cost wireless Internet services to low-income residents.
Clearwire MVNO FreedomPop said it is launching a new service that will allow customers to roll over their unused data allotments from one month to the next for a $3.50 monthly fee.
Alvarion, one of WiMAX's biggest champions over the years, sold its WiMAX business to network vendor Telrad Networks for $6.1 million, marking an end to a business that had seen dwindling revenue as more and more carriers selected LTE.
Clearwire said its subscriber base declined 8 percent year-over-year to 9.6 million people. The carrier blamed the decline on the fact that Sprint Nextel is no longer selling smartphones that run on Clearwire's WiMAX network.
Sequans Communications expects its LTE business to pick up during the second half of 2013, but the chipmaker is still struggling to make up for decreased revenues from plummeting sales of WiMAX products.