Clearwire Introduces Clear(TM) 4G Mobile Internet Service to Portland
January 6, 2009
Clear(TM) Transforms Portland into the Fastest Unwired City in the
Clearwire and Intel Showcase Mobile WiMAX Capabilities
throughout the City
"Let's Be Clear" Campaign Launched in Portland
Portland OR -- Clearwire (NASDAQ:CLWR) today officially transformed
Portland into the fastest unwired city in the West, and home to one of
the first 4G WiMAX wireless broadband services in the world, called
Clear(TM). With Clear, consumers and businesses can access the Internet
wirelessly, at true broadband speeds ─ at home, in the office, around
the Portland metro area, and on the go.
"Today is a historic day for the
evolution of mobile computing and communications services in Portland,
and the U.S.," said Benjamin G. Wolff, chief executive officer of
Clearwire. "Clearwire is reinventing wireless by delivering an unmatched
combination of Internet speed and mobility. We're providing a valuable
service designed to improve our customers' productivity and make their
lives more enjoyable, wherever they happen to be in our coverage area."
"WiMAX is a new wireless technology that raises the bar on a truly
mobile and affordable Internet experience for consumers," said Sean
Maloney, executive vice president and chief sales and marketing officer
at Intel Corporation. "Intel, along with Clearwire and its partners, are
proud to bring U.S. customers a next-generation world-leading broadband
solution that redefines how, when and where consumers interact with the
A Clear Difference
The true value of Clear is the ability to get more out of the day from
anywhere in the Clear coverage area. One simple service, at one low
price, can meet our customer's needs at home, in the office, or on the
go. Whether it's a busy parent catching up while waiting to pick up a
child from practice, a small business owner staying productive at the
office and out with a client, or a college student looking for broadband
on a budget, Clear offers customers more for less.
Clear's simple and innovative pricing gives customers ultimate
flexibility. Clear's mobile, residential and business plans can be
purchased by the day or by the month, and do not require long term
service contracts. Home Internet service plans start at $20 per month,
while mobile Internet plans start at $30 per month, or customers can
purchase a convenient day pass for $10. Additional savings are available
for customers that purchase both home and mobile Internet services or
that sign up for a two-year service agreement. Full details about
pricing options are available at www.clear.com.
Unlike other wireless services, Clear delivers a "True Broadband"
experience, with up to 6 Mbps download speeds with the Clear residential
modem, while mobile Internet customers can expect to receive up to 4
Mbps download speeds.
Simply Plug-In and Go
Clear is making it easy for customers by offering several simple choices
for broadband connectivity. Mobile users simply plug-in Clear's compact,
mobile WiMAX-enabled USB modem into their laptop to get online. The USB
modem, from Motorola, is available for only $49.99. Customers can
purchase the modem from a store or online, and activate service at their
convenience, anywhere in Clear's coverage area.
For residential service, Clear offers customers a wireless high-speed
modem that is about the size of a small book. Customers simply plug the
modem into a power outlet anywhere in their home or office and connect
the modem to their PC. This enables consumers and businesses to install
high-speed Internet service without the need to schedule an appointment,
drill holes in their walls, or otherwise disrupt their day. The Clear
residential modem, from Motorola, can be leased for just $4.99 monthly.
Leading PC OEMs including Acer, Asus, Dell, Fujitsu, Lenovo, Panasonic,
Samsung and Toshiba have announced plans to deliver Intel(R) Centrino(R)
2 processor technology-powered notebook computers with embedded WiMAX
technology that will be compatible with the Clear network in the first
half of this year. Several OEMs also plan to offer Intel(R)
Atom(TM)-based netbook models with embedded WiMAX that will also support
the Clear network.
Grand Opening Events at Clear Retail Stores
Clearwire will hold grand opening events at its three Portland retail
stores from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Jan. 10th. The stores are
located at: 15th and Broadway, 92nd and Sunnyside (Clackamas Promenade),
and Burnside and 23rd Place (Uptown Shopping Center). In addition, Clear
will offer chances to win netbook computers, Blazers tickets and gift
certificates from local area retailers.
Let's Be Clear(TM)
Clearwire also launched a series of marketing and advertising
initiatives this week introducing the company's "Let's be Clear"
campaign in Portland. Customers now have several ways to purchase
service, including: new Clear store locations throughout Portland, other
area dealers and retailers, or directly via the Web at www.clear.com,
which also provides a convenient store locator.
As part of a multi-year network build-out plan, Clearwire's 4G network
will be available in major metropolitan areas across the U.S. It is
currently available in Baltimore, Maryland, and Portland, Oregon. The
Baltimore market currently operates under the XOHM(TM) brand, but it
will be re-branded with the Clear brand in the coming months. Clearwire
currently offers pre-WiMAX Internet services in 46 markets throughout
the United States. The company will announce roll-out plans for future
markets and upgrade plans for existing pre-WiMAX markets early this
For more information about Clear, visit www.clear.com. Detailed company
information about Clearwire is available at www.clearwire.com.
Clearwire, (NASDAQ:CLWR), offers a robust suite of advanced high-speed
Internet services to consumers and businesses. The company is building
the first, nationwide 4G mobile Internet wireless network, bringing
together an unprecedented combination of speed and mobility. Clearwire's
open all-IP network, combined with significant spectrum holdings,
provides unmatched network capacity to deliver next generation broadband
access. Strategic investors include Intel Capital, Comcast, Sprint,
Google, Time Warner Cable, and Bright House Networks. Clearwire
currently provides mobile WiMAX-based service, to be branded Clear(TM),
in Baltimore and Portland, and provides pre-WiMAX communications
services in 50 markets across the U.S. and Europe. Headquartered in
Kirkland, Wash., additional information about Clearwire is available at
Cautionary Statement Regarding Forward-Looking Statements
This press release contains "forward-looking statements" within the
meaning of the securities laws. The statements in this release regarding
plans for the development and deployment of the first nationwide
next-generation wireless broadband network based on mobile WiMAX
technology; the timing, availability, capabilities and coverage of our
network; products and services to be offered on our network; planned
marketing and branding efforts and other statements that are not
historical facts are forward-looking statements. The words "will,"
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Future performance cannot be assured. Actual results may differ
materially from those in the forward-looking statements due to a variety
of factors, including, but not limited to the risks referenced in the
section of Clearwire's proxy statement/prospectus entitled "Risk
Factors," which was filed on Form S-4 with the Securities and Exchange
Commission (File No. 333-153128).
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