The iSpot can share Clear’s 4G WiMAX connection via WiFi with up
to eight different devices simultaneously, and for an “initial”
monthly service price of only $25 with no contract. Comparable
plans from Verizon and Sprint, for the MiFi and Overdrive 4G,
respectively, (both of which offer only five simultaneous
connections) are $60 per month with a two-year contract. […]
The major catch, however, is that the device only works on the
iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad—unlike its competition, the iSpot
can’t be used to share a connection with a laptop or another
non-iOS device unless a Clear rep unlocks it and bumps the service
fee to the standard $40 monthly CLEAR Spot 4G plan.
Fascinating business model.