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Clear 4G WiMAX mobile broadband network launches; AT&T completes subway network

Philadelphia mobile users have options and plenty of them. Last week, Philadelphia saw the launch of fourth generation WiMAX mobile broadband network Clear and the completion of AT&T‘s cellular network on two SEPTA subway lines. Clearwire’s wireless 4G network launched quietly on Oct. 1, promising download speeds of up to 4Mbps and uploads of up […]

A map illustrating Clear's WiMAX network coverage in Philadelphia.

Philadelphia mobile users have options and plenty of them.

Last week, Philadelphia saw the launch of fourth generation WiMAX mobile broadband network Clear and the completion of AT&T‘s cellular network on two SEPTA subway lines.

Clearwire’s wireless 4G network launched quietly on Oct. 1, promising download speeds of up to 4Mbps and uploads of up to 500Kbps throughout the Philadelphia region.

The network’s in-home and mobile packages are priced competitively and could raise alarm for other networks in the area.

Mobile packages, for use with laptops and netbooks, start at $35 per month for 2GB of data or $70 for unlimited data. Home packages are tiered based on speed, starting at $25 per month for a basic 1Mbps connection to $45 for a 6Mbps connection. Clearwire also offers bundle packages that include both mobile and home use starting at $50. Several launch promo deals are currently available, as well.

But let’s not forget our 3G friends, either.

On Thursday, AT&T announced the completion of six cellular sites along the Broad Street and Market Frankford El subway lines, bringing the network’s total to 31 cell sites across 24 miles of the subterranean system.

“We take great pride in being the first wireless carrier to offer street-to-platform service throughout the city,” Dan Lafond, vice president and general manager of AT&T in Eastern Pennsylvania, said in a statement.

SEPTA and AT&T began partnering on the initiative in February, as we reported.

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Brian James Kirk

Brian James Kirk is a cofounder of Technical.ly, the local technology news network. Previously, Kirk was Web Editor of PlanPhilly, an independent online news resource covering planning and development issues in Philadelphia, and a freelance writer and designer. He resides in South Philadelphia.

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