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Best Buy Connect Launches 4G Mobile Broadband Service Via Clearwire
Posted: 30-Mar-2011 [Source: Best Buy]

[Best Buy makes it official and announces tie-up with Clearwire to begin offering 4G wireless services. The new service named Best Buy Connect is set to launch in July 2010.]

Minneapolis, MS -- Best Buy ConnectSM, Best Buy’s mobile broadband service for computing, today announced the arrival of 4G mobile broadband connectivity service on an expanded selection of computing devices sold at Best Buy stores nationally. The 4G service provides consumers with high-speed internet access on-the-go, with service activation, billing, hardware and connection support from Best Buy.

“We’re finding that customers increasingly want choice in service providers for mobile broadband,” said Jed Stillman, vice president of Best Buy Connect. “Best Buy Connect is an end-to-end option that gives them the freedom to connect virtually, whenever or wherever, and the convenience of one point of contact – Best Buy – for selection and service.”

The 4G service offering is available through a strategic wholesale relationship with Clearwire, a leading provider of wireless broadband services and operator of the first 4G network in the country. Best Buy Connect 4G can be purchased as mobile broadband option on 23 computing models from Asus, Dell, HP, Samsung, Sony and Toshiba at most Best Buy stores across the U.S.

“Best Buy Connect, supported by Clearwire’s 4G network, showcases Best Buy’s leadership in today’s truly connected world,” said Teresa Elder, president of strategic partnerships and wholesale for Clearwire. “Best Buy is at the forefront of a growing number of businesses that recognize the value a true mobile broadband experience can deliver to their customers. Clearwire’s 4G mobile broadband network is uniquely positioned to serve the diverse demands of multiple industries today with a spectrum position capable of scaling for the demands of tomorrow.”

Initially, Best Buy Connect will offer unlimited 4G service for $45 per month with a month-to-month or two-year contract. With the purchase of a two-year contract, customers can waive the $35 activation fee and receive up to an additional $150 off select hardware devices.

Best Buy Connect launched in July 2010 to provide customers another option in mobile broadband services, with service activation, billing, hardware and connection support delivered by Best Buy. The Best Buy-owned and branded service differs from traditional mobile broadband offerings by addressing some of the irritations people face in mobile networking, giving consumers more flexibility, freedom, convenience and support with one-stop shopping and selection, a trusted human connection and customer rewards through the Best Buy Reward Zone loyalty program. For more information about Best Buy Connect, visit www.bestbuy.com/bestbuyconnect.

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