Time Warner Cable announced plans to begin reselling Clearwire's mobile WiMAX service in three cities in North Carolina beginning Dec. 1. The cities, which were previously announced, are Charlotte, Greensboro and Raleigh. The company also plans to launch the service in Dallas this year and in Hawaii in early 2010.
The service, called Road Runner Mobile, will start at $40 per month for customers who already have at least one of the MSO's other services. Prices for different bundles will range up to $80 per month. The plans break down into three categories:
- $40 for "light" users, which caps data usage on the mobile WiMAX network at 2 GB per month. This price applies to customers who use at least one other Time Warner service.
- $50 per month for unlimited mobile WiMAX for customers who also use either Time Warner's Road Runner Standard or Turbo cable modem offerings; this plan also could offer further discounts.
- $80 per month for unlimited 4G and 3G service (via Sprint Nextel) for customers who also use either Time Warner's Road Runner Standard or Turbo cable modem offerings. There could be further discounts if customers sign up for other Time Warner services.
The new market launches will make Time Warner the third company to resell Clearwire's service as an MVNO. Clearwire investors Sprint and Comcast already resell mobile WiMAX under their own branded services. Following the operator's minimal subscriber additions of 12,000 in the second quarter, Clearwire CEO Bill Morrow promised fourth-quarter numbers would exceed all quarters combined. That success hinges a lot on the company's MVNO partners--Sprint Nextel, Comcast and Time Warner.
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