Clear WiMax Hawaii

I have been a Clearwire / Clear customer for 2+ years. Overall the service has been pretty bad over the past 2 years and we only used the service for a backup connection. On the old Clearwire 1st gen system we saw average Speed Test in the 1500 kbps down  350 kbps up and the connection was really bad.

Last week I decided to give Clear one more shot. Essentially I decided to do a head to head test with Hawaiian Telecom DSL and the new Clear WiMax. Let me show you the new Hawaii Clear WiMax speed test.


In all honesty with all the hype I was expecting a whole heck of a lot more speed. The Upload speed is horrible as you can see. I was getting that upload speed with Sprint EVDO 3G.

My clear modem has a strong signal all bars are lite so it is not a matter of signal strength. The modem sits in a window facing the tower so I know we are getting a good signal. But the problems with clear service continues.

In streaming video off of YouTube, Ustream it is choppy the video stop and sputters. I find email times out and overall the service quality while the speed is faster is about the same.

The DSL modem that I got from Hawaiian Telecom has none of these issues. I am a long way from the switch and maintain a steady 3000 kbps down and 1000 kbps up and the video on YouTube and Ustream does not sputter and email has been solid.

Unless someone at Clear Hawaii can explain to me why their service is still crap I am cancelling my Clear WiMax service and do not recommend it at this time to any Hawaii customer. Call Road Runner or Hawaiian Telecom and you will get a connection that is wired and works.

About Todd Cochrane

Todd Cochrane is the Founder of Geek News Central and host of the Geek News Central Podcast. He is a Podcast Hall of Fame Inductee and was one of the very first podcasters in 2004. He wrote the first book on podcasting, and did many of the early Podcast Advertising deals in the podcasting space. He does two other podcasts in addition to Geek News Central. The New Media Show and Podcast Legends.

2 thoughts on “Clear WiMax Hawaii

  1. Eric from Comment 2

    You have no clue what you are talking about. If you are getting 22megs down on clear, I want to know the service plan you got access to. They do not event rate the service that fast.

    Second to imply I have porn or viruses on my computer seems pretty bold. I have an assortment of MAC’s and Windows machines all seeing the same performance level.

    The issues with clear are pretty obvious and I have enough history with their service to make objective comments.

  2. Well I live in Hawaii also, and have clear. I love it, and I can stream movies, and youtube all day on my wireless 4g. I mean on the go, anywhere. I suggest you clean your computer of all virises, and porno. Its a new year, so take care of your stuff. Clear is a awsome product, and is only getting stronger. I have never had faster internet in my life. i had comcast in cali. Like 22megs, and this is working faster than ever. Thankyou clear, and sorry about these pigeons with their viris computers.


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