While we wait for Verizon to roll out its LTE service, CLEAR is currently the only 4G service provider in the US (CLEAR also offers the backbone of WiMAX services provided by Sprint, Best Buy, and possibly some others). The only problem is that CLEAR is only available in a limited number of cities… for now. That’s not a huge problem for me, since CLEAR works in Philadelphia and in Las Vegas, where I was able to get a good signal during the CES show earlier this year. But I have often found myself wishing I could use CLEAR WiMAX service when I’m visiting New York.
Now it looks like I can. While CLEAR hasn’t officially rolled out service in New York yet, Laptop Magazine reports that CLEAR is in the pre-launch phase in New York City, which means that folks with Sprint 4G phones and other WiMAX devices compatible with CLEAR may find that they’re now working. CLEAR isn’t guaranteeing service just yet, but this is a pleasant and unexpected surprise while we wait for full service to go live.
In addition to New York, it looks like CLEAR is also preparing to launch in San Francisco, Miami, Cleveland, Pittsburgh, and a handful of other cities.