Ruminations on the electronics industry from David Manners, Senior Components Editor on Electronics Weekly.
The Hassle-Free Data Dongle
For anyone who has endured the hair-tearingly awful log-in procedures on data dongles, now comes a benefit for the human race.
Clearwire, the US Wimax pioneer, has launched a $50 Wimax dongle called Clear Stick Atlas that can deliver broadband to laptops, tablets, netbooks without the need to install software or endure log-ins.
Anything which has Windows XP, Vista, Windows 7, Mac OSX, Linux, Android and Chrome will directly connect to the connection software those OSes.
Clearwire claims it to be the first driver-independent modem.
NetZero, is working with Clearwire to offer 200Mbytes per month for free for a year to anyone who buys the dongle. Over the 200MB you pay $9.95 for 500MB per month.
Skype founder Niklas Zennstrom has set up a company called FreedomPop to market an iPhone case which uses the Clearwire network to provide 1Gbyte of data for free and then charges a penny a Megabyte.Tags: android, dongles, mac osx, netzero, windows xp