Clearwire's "Clear" brand debuts today in Portland, Ore., with pricing plans ranging from $20 per month for basic DSL-type service to a plan that combines home and mobile service for $60 per month. The $20-per-month home plan delivers 768 Kbps downstream and 128 Kbps upstream. More expensive plans allow for higher bandwidth. The least expensive home plan in Clearwire's other mobile WiMAX market, Baltimore, costs $25 per month now, which is a limited-time discount from the regular rate of $35 per month.
Scott Richardson, Clearwire senior vice president and chief strategy officer, said the company is now harmonizing service plans that were introduced by Sprint's Xohm business in Baltimore now that the two companies have merged. He said Clearwire will evaluate consumer response to the services in both Portland and Baltimore to determine how to tweak its pricing.
While Clearwire isn't releasing any highly anticipated subscriber numbers in Baltimore, which Sprint launched in September, Richardson said response to the network has met Clearwire's expectations.
Clearwire also plans to introduce the Clear Voice Adapter, which can connect a customer's standard landline phone to the Clearwire home modem for VoIP service. The company wants to sell that service for $25 per month for unlimited calls in the U.S. and Canada.
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