Clearwire partner Mobile Beacon expands device donation program

Mobile Beacon, which provides Clearwire's (NASDAQ:CLWR) 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.

Mobile Beacon launched its partnership with TechSoup Global in April 2012 and remains the only mobile broadband service provider to make its devices available through TechSoup's donation program. More than 800 nonprofits have taken advantage of the program so far.

Under the revised program, Mobile Beacon is giving up to 11 donated devices per fiscal year (July 1-June 30) year to qualified 501(c)3 nonprofits, schools and libraries. Nonprofits can request a single donated device as they try out Mobile Beacon's 4G service, but they can also apply for an additional 10 donated devices during the same year.

Mobile Beacon, which is based in North Providence, R.I., sweetened the device deal for nonprofits in Connecticut, New Jersey, New York and Rhode Island to help their rebuilding efforts following the damage caused by Hurricane Sandy. Those nonprofits can request up to 25 additional donated devices.

WiMAX service is not included as part of the donation but is available for purchase at the discounted rate of $10 per month per device for unlimited service.

TechSoup Global operates programs in Africa, the Americas, Asia Pacific, Europe, and the Middle East through a network of non-governmental organizations. With the support of leading technology companies--including Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT), Adobe, Cisco, and Symantec--TechSoup Global and its network have reached more than 197,400 organizations and enabled recipients in 52 countries to save more than $3.4 billion in IT expenses.

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