My initial interest in Clearwire was strong, but after a lackluster roll-out and reactions that consisted of all the wrong moves, I kept up with developments in the company only out of a sense of morbid curiousity. That continues even today as I see that Sprint is considering making an even greater investment (beyond the billion dollars it has already promised the company) in Clearwire.
Since Sprint already owns a little more than half of Clearwire, this isn't just a random act of kindness. In fact, it may represent a glimmer of hope, despite Sprint's recent apparent abandonment as it signed a deal with Clearwire competitor LightSquared. As new CEO Erik Prusch steps in and a number of awesomely poor management decisions have been reversed, there is some slim possibility that Clearwire could even now be built back into the business it had the potential to be when it started. As negative as I have been about the company, I won't write it off completely until it's parted up and sold off. There is still no really innovative mobile high-speed broadband alternative to the phone company conglomerates, and there just as clearly remains room for one in the market. A company with solid customer service, reasonable and flexible plans, and uncapped or otherwise un-penalized transfer still stands to explode into the growing demand for mobile broadband. The big, traditional cellular providers are genetically pre-disposed to provide terrible customer experience and to nickel and dime users all day long. If Clearwire, or any other competitor, could re-structure to provide a compelling alternative, it still stands to win big in that space.