Clear Compliment - Clear Works Well - Clear Internet
After seeing commercials for clear I decided to take the plunge. I talked to salespeople at Fry's and called the local sales representative Although my address was NOT recognized by their coverage check their representative said the coverage check was out of date and it would work. I ordered online and all equipment arrived the next day. (I just used an address near that the coverage check DID Recognize and changed the shipping address to where I live) The home internet and phone worked exceptionally well (out of the box) and was EXTREMELY fast. I did have to locate the modem in a window though and did have to move it around to get a good signal. Note: I Use a wireless router to power my laptop in the house and this works very well. You can locate the modem and router where they work well and then use wireless devices throughout your home or office.
The mobile card didn't work at first but after two calls to customer service it was fixed. They did remark they were having trouble in my area. On my followup call they had a record of the first call and performed a reset on their end which fixed it. Everyone I dealt with was pleasant and provided "no pressure" assistance. (Although a recording said wait time was 5-7 minutes I was connected within a few seconds on both calls. Note they are open 9 AM -10PM everyday)
The phone quality is not as good as my landline but certainly acceptable. On a scale of 1-10 I would rate the VOIP phone as a 9. I also found that the mobile card is spotty in the house. (not totally unexpected) I bought a 15 foot USB extension cable for the mobile modem so I can place it by a window and now works great. I had the $25 DSL previously and Clear is noticeably faster.
This works for me and I plan to dump my AT&T broadband card and my home phone and DSL the savings to me will be about $60/month. I would comment though this probably won't work everywhere so test it right away, just like cell phones tend not to work everywhere. Clear claims to offer a 7 day trial so you want to test right away! The real plus is Clear's price! Also you get a slightly better price online. Clear's VOIP offers free long distance and GREAT international rates also. They offer a full features call forwarding although you have to activate and deactivate it online. They also can forward voicemail messages to you via email. (cool features although not sure how often I will use)
Finally you can avoid contracts by buying your equipment. My equipment cost $150. The alternative is lease for about $10/month. It pays for itself in about 14 months and if you buy you don't have a commitment to hassle with.
Pluses-price and speed - for what I used to pay for home phone and internet I now get home phone internet and mobile internet.
Minuses-coverage not as good as cell phone modem (but with the USB extension cable you can move the mobile card and make it work better) for the price I will take that inconvenience. Also not in all cities---yet.