While’s the future of WiMax may still be a bit up in the air, Clearwire has gone ahead with its plans to launch the service in Portland, OR. Effective yesterday customers can purchase a variety of different usage plans to fit their needs provided, of course, that he/she happens to own a compatible WiMax device. If you’re one of the lucky few that owns a WiMax machine and lives in Oregon’s biggest city, you can experience the joy of 4G wireless broadband at one of the following price points:

  • $10 for a 24-hour pass
  • $30 a month for 200MB of data
  • $40 a month for 2GB
  • $50 a month for unlimited data

That’s not at all bad, considering comparable 3G offerings from the major wireless carriers, though the general dirth of devices doesn’t make it terribly appealing for anyone outside of a select few. That said, if these prices hold and the service proliferates a bit faster we might see manufacturers pick up the pace of WiMax integration into new devices.