Clearwire said today it would roll out LTE in 31 markets in the first half 2013, starting with New York City, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Chicago and Seattle. Though it didn’t detail any more launch cities, it’s not too hard to guess them.
Given that LightSquared won’t be launching an LTE network any time soon, its customers are looking for alternatives – and they’re landing at Clearwire. Leap Wireless signed up with Clearwire Wednesday, marking the second in what will likely be many defections to the wholesale 4G carrier.
FreedomPop plans to give away mobile data access to most of its customers for free, charging only premium users a monthly fee. If can it can make the math work, it could potentially shake up the wireless market, extending mobile data to broad swathes of the population.