"Unlimited" wireless data...

Jason J. W. Williams williamsjj at digitar.com
Fri Dec 3 18:01:41 CST 2010

I would second Nathan's experience. Tried to use them for our corporate office as a life boat when our T1 provider was sold to an outfit that didn't answer the support lines. Clear's NAT is atrocious and can't be turned off, so you can't drop a real firewall behind it on a single static. 

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On Dec 3, 2010, at 4:47 PM, Nathan Eisenberg wrote:

>> This came up in another thread yesterday or today, and I just got the
>> solicitation mailer for Clearwire's WiMAX service in Tampa Bay, which they
>> call "4G", though the ITU disagrees.
>> The AUP is here: http://www.clear.com/legal/aup
> I cannot strongly enough discourage you from using their service.  My experience with them has been consistently awful - and given that they're headquartered in my area, that's unacceptable.  I'm informed that my experience is not at all unique - either to the Seattle area or to their service at large.  Their Wikipedia article tells you pretty much everything you need to know.
> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clearwire
> Their definition of unlimited tends to be "barely acceptable throughput levels, until you start streaming youtube/netflix or doing a long-running download or using bittorrent to seed files to your work PC and laptop or using your VPN to retrieve a document, in which case, we won't turn you off, we'll just silently jail you into a 32-128kbps bandwidth profile.   Also, have some poorly implemented NAT on our ludicrously underpowered CPEs!"
> I also understand that they've been having financial difficulties, so they're unlikely to address the issues their customers are faced with.
> If I were you, I would keep your backpack offline until another option is available.  You're not going to be able to use VOIP on their service, anyways.
> Nathan
> (Speaking as an individual - not as the company I work for.)
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