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Old 03-03-09, 10:13 PM   #1
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Cricket Wireless - it is not unlimited.

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My first post in Foo after nearly 4 years on BikeForums. Just letting off a little steam. As a software engineer I take a keen interest in my internet connection and actively monitor and record my bandwidth at 1 minute intervals (automatically). After nearly a year with Cricket, I decided to start using Clear.com - the difference is remarkable, enough to warrant posting here and sharing with others that might be thinking about getting wireless internet. Cricket cannot be trusted.

The bandwidth with Cricket varies mostly depending upon the time of day - after midnight things improve dramatically. The obvious tempting conclusion is that a lot of Users are loading the system during the day. But it seems that Cricket is using software to dynamically change the bandwidth.

Clear.com is [so far] much better, both bandwidth and customer service.

For those interested in the numbers: Cricket bandwidth would often drop below dial-up speeds 50 k bits per second. On a really good day, bandwidth might spike for a few seconds to 1 M bits per second and sustain 500 k bits per second. That is just about enough to watch a YouTube video without pause. Clear on the other hand is typically 4 times faster for half the price. Enough said.
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Old 03-03-09, 11:36 PM   #2
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Cricket has a pretty low limit per month too... like five gigs.

Austin doesn't have clear.com yet. Their Web page is annoying... you can't get any info on coverage until you hand them an E-mail address (of course, its trivial to put a throwaway, but still).

Probably the best thing in Austin if you want city-wide broadband is a jailbroken iPhone or some 3G phone which supports tethering. Meh.
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Old 03-04-09, 08:12 AM   #3
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Cricket has a pretty low limit per month too... like five gigs.

Austin doesn't have clear.com yet. Their Web page is annoying... you can't get any info on coverage until you hand them an E-mail address (of course, its trivial to put a throwaway, but still).

Probably the best thing in Austin if you want city-wide broadband is a jailbroken iPhone or some 3G phone which supports tethering. Meh.
Yes it is, but there is a way around it. I was not about to hand out an email address just to check coverage. So I used the 'Store Locator' at the top. Put in the zip code and the max radius (which is 50 miles) and presto! The "We don't have service in your area yet, but if you leave us your contact info..."
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I will be happy to hand them an E-mail address. It will be something at mailinator.com though.
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barry bonds is also a big fan of the clear.
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