Last Updated Sep 3, 2010 9:41 AM EDT
The gorgeous Rover Puck ($150) works much like the beloved MiFi 2200, creating a WiMax-powered hotspot (with 802.11n Wi-Fi!) for up to eight nearby devices.
The Rover Stick ($100) is a more traditional USB modem -- and rather pointless, IMHO, given the major bump in versatility you get from spending just 50 bucks more.
Either way, Clearwire doesn't force you into a contract like certain other carriers (cough ALL OF THEM cough). Instead you can pay as you go: $5 for a day, $20 for a week, or $50 for a month. Those are very reasonable, very competitive rates -- especially considering that you're buying 4G connectivity!
Now for the bad news: Clearwire's nationwide coverage is, for the moment, limited. You won't find it outside major cities, and some states don't have it at all. I should know: I live in one of them (Michigan). Oh, Clearwire, won't you set up your magic towers in my neighborhood? Pretty-please?
Hopefully I'll get the chance for some hands-on testing soon. In the meantime, the Rovers look like to me like can't-miss solutions for anyone seeking high-speed Internet on the go (or even in the office).