Houston now has 4G wireless coverage. What the hell does that mean? Think a high speed Wi-Fi signal that covers 1,090 square miles and approximately 5 million people.
The Clear 4G service blankets Houston and goes all the way from the northern areas of Conroe to Kingwood, all the way west to Katy, and to the southern regions of Richmond/Rosenburg, Alvin, Clear Lake and Baytown. Lake Jackson will get service soon supposedly.
“CLEAR is thrilled to bring to Houston residents, businesses and visitors an Internet experience similar to what they’re used to having at home or the office, anywhere around town or on the go,” said John Smith, Clearwire general manager, Houston.
So remember that wireless plan the city of Houston had a few years ago that never materialized? Well, this is actually active.
So now Clear says you can access Pandora while driving to and from work. Maybe catch The Office on Hulu while riding as a passenger in the HOV lane (I am stressing watching WHILE BEING A PASSENGER!).
There are a bunch of modems and eventually phones coming out that work on the 4G network. I have been drooling over Sprint's new HTC EVO 4G smartphone that will supposedly come out this summer since I first laid eyes on the release news last week.
You can see the 4G stuff for yourself at CLEAR retail stores in Houston. They are now open at First Colony Mall, Kay Mills Mall, Willowbrook Mall, The Woodlands Mall and Baybrook Mall. Additional stores will open later this Spring at the Galleria and Memorial City Mall.
CLEAR service is also available from a number of other outlets including Best Buy, Frys, MicroCenter and RadioShack.
CLEAR’s mobile and residential plans can be purchased by the day or by the month, with several no-service-contract options available. Home Internet service plans start at $30 (USD) per month. CLEAR 4G mobile Internet plans start at $40 per month. For a limited time, customers in Houston can take advantage of CLEAR’s online-only mobile Internet promotion with plans starting at $15 per month for the first two months after a $50 service credit with a two-year service agreement. This online promotion is available at clear.com.
The cool thing is that Houston got something early for once. While we are not the first city with 4G coverage from Clear, cities like New York City, Boston, Washington, D.C., Kansas City, Denver, Minneapolis, and the San Francisco Bay Area are getting service after us later this year.