Clear discontinues Apple-centric 4G iSpot

By on December 31, 2010 at 1:24 PM.

Clear discontinues Apple-centric 4G iSpot

Wow, who would have seen this one coming? A mobile broadband router that only works in 71 markets with three specific devices — iPhones, iPads, and iPod touchs — was not a best-selling device? Shocking. According to a Clear representative, the company will be discontinuing its 4G-only, Apple iDevice-only, mobile router. As the forum post reads:

The only locations currently available to purchase an iSpot are at certain retail stores. These stores only have a limited supply and once sold out will not be ordering more. We do however have the iSpots in stock for devices still under warranty that need to be replaced.

The iSpot, which retailed for $99, did have a puny $25 per month operating charge, but the restrictions seemed to far outweigh the utility of the pebble-shaped device. Anyone out there actually own an iSpot? More →

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iSpot hacked to allow non-Apple devices, painfully easy

By on August 11, 2010 at 1:40 PM.

iSpot hacked to allow non-Apple devices, painfully easy

The iSpot – a $25 per month 4G WiMax mobile router from Clearwire that will allow you to connect up to eight Apple mobile devices to it — hath been hacked. A website ispotunrestricted.com has been setup to generate an unlocked custom configuration profile that can be loaded onto your iSpot. Once loaded, the profile will enable you to connect any Wi-Fi enable device to the 4G mobile hotspot, not just Apple iDevices. The unlock looks painfully easy, and as the instructions state, “you don’t even have to mess with any shell commands!” The unlock makes the iSpot 4G mobile hotspot a steal — pun intended — with unlimited 4G data costing just $25 per month. Anyone out there own an iSpot?

UPDATE: If you would prefer to not mess with the iSpot’s configuration file, you can also spoof the MAC address of your machine to match that of an iDevice. More information on that can be found here. More →

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Clear's iSpot is a 4G mobile hotspot that only works on Apple iDevices

By on August 4, 2010 at 12:35 PM.

Clear's iSpot is a 4G mobile hotspot that only works on Apple iDevices

So… we’re not sure why Clear decided to make a hotspot that only works with Apple iDevices — or as they put it, “was built and optimized by CLEAR for Apple mobile devices” — but they have. The iSpot is a shiny, white, iDevice exclusive, 4G mobile hotspot that can be purchased directly from Clear for $29 (limited-time offer). The mobile router will provide your iThings with 4G speeds on Clearwire’s 4G WiMax network for the very attractive price of $25 per month.  The device, as advertised, will allow you to “connect up to eight of your favorite Wi-Fi-enabled Apple mobile devices” while on the go. The device does use standard Wi-Fi, but it employs MAC address filtering to only allowing iDevices (iPods, iPad, iPhones) to connect; which is probably why the monthly price is only $25. It looks like the iSpot will match your new white iPhone 4 perfectly… oh, wait… More →

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