Clearwire (NASDAQ:CLWR) is ending sales of iSpot--a hotspot device that enables Apple's (NASDAQ:AAPL) WiFi-enabled devices such as the iPad, iPod Touch and iPhone to connect to the company's WiMAX network.
"The iSpot will be discontinued once the current stock is depleted," wrote Clearwire representative Mike DiGioia in response to questions from FierceWireless. "This is a decision to not refresh the product at the end of its life cycle and is not part of a retail pullback."
DiGioia noted that the company continues to sell the Clear Spot 4G and Clear Spot 4G+, which both offer personal hotspot connectivity to WiFi-enabled devices that also include Apple products. The iSpot, introduced in August, aimed at capitalizing on the popularity of Apple products, and it was much cheaper than Clearwire's $40 per month unlimited WiMAX plan, costing $25 per month without a contract.
AT&T Mobility (NYSE:T) is the exclusive U.S. provider of mobile service for Apple's iPhone and iPad. For the iPad, AT&T offers no-contract plans at either 200 MB for $15 per month or 2 GB for $25 per month. AT&T offers similar data pricing for the iPhone but on a postpaid basis. Verizon Wireless (NYSE:VZ) bundles the iPad with with the personal hotspot MiFi device, offering month-to-month data access of 1 GB for $20 per month.
In other Clearwire news, the company announced wireless industry pioneer Craig McCaw will resign as chairman. Click here for the full story.
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