I was happy to walk away from Time Warner Cable and the need to stay at home if I could do it affordabley and with out a contract. Clear or Clear Wireless or what other versions of that name they use seemed to be the future? Wi-Max is here! And I'm happy to report the price and speed is right! It was $59 for the laptop devise, $35 sign up fee, and $45 monthly fee plus tax $6.60. I had to update the driver at a cafe with free wifi to get the lastest driver 1.05.35. Out of the box it didn't work. Josh the sale guy was good but didn't get fees right. I was given the option of doing month to month without any problems but they want you for a two year contract. Oh, don't for get to reboot after getting the updated driver or you'll still be without a connection. Now its fast...in fact I believe it's running noticably faster than my Roadrunner turbo!
Worked fine for 2 days or so, then there was an "outage" that lasted 3 hours... called and got a credit for $5. Had a couple more outages over the next 2 months, and by January, Clear just straight up did not work. Had a "truck roll" as they call it, and the technician told me she did not know how i'd ever had service as I happened to be between three towers, yet none of them pointed at my house. She recommended to Clear that I get a complete refund of all charges and my modem.
The great thing about Clear is they give you everything you need in the store. I was in and out in about 10 minutes and it took less than 5 to set it up in my home. You don't have to wait around for the company to come put cables in your house and connect you.
One warning: they have several different price/ speed options. The man in the store set me up with the $50/ month one with way more speed/ storage than I'd ever need. I recently called and got it moved down to the cheaper, $30/month option, but I wasted a lot of money on speed I didn't need for about 6 months. I use Netflix a lot, and the cheapest service works perfectly!!!
I did a lot of research about Clear before purchasing it-- reviews were mixed, so I was pretty skeptical at first.
I opted for the 2-year plan, since the initial cost was cheaper and Clear said if you move outside of their coverage area they will buy back your contract. In my North central apartment, I had 3-4 out of 5 bars most of the time. I recently moved to East central and have had 5 bars and no problems with weather outages. It's fast and I really recommend it to anyone wanting a simple set-up.
I started using clear about 4 months ago. They have been the best internet service provider I've ever used. They're connection and speed are the fastest.