Clearwire adds 10 new markets, slates ‘official’ launch for Sept. 1

In what seems to be now a standard practice, the folks at Clearwire are launching markets by first making them available on their coverage map page, followed by “official” launches a month or so later. We are not sure of what the difference is — to us, a market is “officially” live when you start charging money for services. Anyway even though you can order services today, those new markets we told you about on Saturday will “officially” be open for business, according to a press release from Clearwire today.

Here’s the direct info from the press release:

Clearwire Communications, LLC, an operating subsidiary of Clearwire Corporation, (NASDAQ: CLWR) today announced the official launch day of CLEAR™ 4G service in Boise, Idaho; Bellingham, Wash.; and eight markets throughout Texas, including: Abilene, Amarillo, Corpus Christi, Lubbock, Midland/Odessa, Killeen/Temple, Waco and Wichita Falls will occur on September 1, 2009. CLEAR offers the first super fast mobile Internet service that works as fast on the go as it does at home. Customers in these new markets interested in experiencing CLEAR today can activate service now via clear.com.

Clearwire will celebrate the official launches in each market with local events, retail store openings, ad campaigns and promotional offers throughout the fall.

If you are still confused why this seems different from the leaked Sprint sales map, remember that Sprint (the majority owner of Clearwire) will resell Clearwire’s WiMAX services, since Sprint gave up all its WiMAX resources to make the merger creating the new Clearwire happen. (You can read that backstory here.) Sprint has said more than once that its plan is to resell WiMAX in Clearwire markets a little bit after each Clearwire launch — understandable becuase Sprint needs the time to set up billing back end systems, etc., especially for its hybrid 3G/4G services.

About Paul Kapustka

Paul Kapustka is a longtime journalist who has spent more than two decades covering the information technology business, Paul most recently has been focusing on mobility and how it has changed the computing and collaborative landscape. His newest project outside Mobile Enterprise 360 is a research and analysis operation called WiFi Journal. He is also editor in chief of Mobile Sports Report, which covers the intersection of mobile technology and sports business. Paul is also the founder of Sidecut Reports, a research firm that covered the emergence of 4G technology in the cellular marketplace.