Clearwire Amps Up Retail Presence

Clearwire (s clwr) has opened retail stores in 10 U.S. cities as part of pushing its Clear WiMAX service to the masses. The cities and regions include Dallas/Ft. Worth, San Antonio and Austin, Texas; Charlotte, Greensboro and Raleigh, N.C.; Chicago; Honolulu and Maui, Hawaii; and Seattle/Puget Sound, Wash. However, given how few WiMax-capable devices there are right now, the retail environment must seem pretty empty.

Clear currently offers three modems, one handset (pictured) and 21 laptops/netbooks that can be configured with built-in WiMAX cards. More devices are supposed to be on their way (including a Mac-compatible modem), but it’s not exactly a hub for hot gadgets yet. Maybe that’s because the goal here is to sell broadband service instead of devices.