CLEAR is expanding its line of wireless modems… you know, the devices that actually let you get on the company’s 4G WiMAX network. The most intriguing new device is a 4G+ USB stick, which lets you use either CLEAR’s 4G network, or automatically switch to 3G if you happen to leave the WiMAX coverage zone. CLEAR has offered similar USB modems in the past, but the new model is the first that’s compatible with OS X as well as Windows.
The company is also rolling out two mobile WiFi hotspots, the CLEAR Spot 4G+ and the CLEAR Spot 4G. Both will allow you to share a mobile internet connection with several laptops or other devices over a WiFi connection. As you could probably guess by the names, the 4G+ model will let you use 4G or 3G networks, while the CLEAR Spot 4G is WiMAX-only. For some reason the CLEAR Spot 4G lets you connect up to 8 devices while the 4G+ tops out at 5 shared connections.
It’s also probably worth noting that the CLEAR Spot 4G+ gets just 3 hours of battery life, while the Clear Spot 4G runs for about 4 hours on a charge. Neither is going to offer all-day computing unless you bring along a charging cable.
Prices vary depending on your service plan and whether you choose to purchase or lease the modems. You can find more details at CLEAR.com.