In March I did a short review covering Clear 4g Wireless Internet which covers the speed, pricing, and general coverage. Since then, I’ve had a lot of time to test Clear all over the DFW to see how much of the metroplex is covered.
North Dallas Suburbs (Mckinney, Frisco, Plano, Addison, Richardson, Carrollton, etc)
The whole North Dallas area is very well covered. I live in Mckinney just a couple of miles south of 380 and always have excellent coverage at my house. Driving south toward Dallas, everywhere between 380 to downtown Dallas and I-35 E and and 75 is covered with no noticeable dead spots.
Overall: Excellent Coverage
East Dallas (Garland, Mesquite, Rockwall, Rowlett, etc…)
I haven’t had a chance to test Clear as thoroughly in East Dallas as some other areas. So far I haven’t had any major problems with Garland or Mesquite, but I have had absolutely no luck in Rockwall. I think the coverage dropped off dramatically once you cross the lake on I-30.
Overall: Poor coverage
South DFW (Grand Prairie, Arlington, Desoto, Cedar Hill, etc…)
I’ve spent a ton of time all over Arlington and Grand Prairie using Clear and only had a few problems problems. I did notice that right next to Ranger Stadium (the Ballpark in Arlington) the coverage sometimes goes in and out. Just driving to the back of the parking lot fixed that problem right away.
Overall: Good coverage
Northwest of DFW Airport (Grapevine, Coppell, Lewisville, Southlake, Colleyville, Irving, etc..)
South and East of the airport, Clear coverage is excellent. Anytime I try to connect in Coppell or Irving I’ve had no problems. Headed out West and Northwest, I’ve had a lot of problems. Almost anywhere on 114 North/West of the 121/114 split, there is no coverage. Grapevine, Southlake, Colleyville, and Trophy Club all have no service in my experience.
Interestingly enough, I get no coverage on the East side of I-35 W at 114, but anywhere in the Texas Motorspeedway parking lot I get full coverage. It’s crazy how much that extra half mile changes the signal.
Overall: Poor Coverage
Fort Worth (Bedford, Euless)
In downtown Fort Worth and south Fort Worth near TCU I have had excellent coverage. Heading south on 820 I have also experienced excellent coverage as far south as I-20.
Overall: Excellent Coverage
I have noticed there are a lot of areas that only get 1 bar. It will let you start to connect, but disconnect you before everything is verified. A lot of times, just changing the direction your modem is facing or moving 10 yards can make the difference between 1 bar and 5 bars.
I’m not sure how many new towers are schedule to go live soon. My experience with Clear so far has been pretty good. Since I have inlaws that live off 114 Northwest of the airport, I sometimes get frustrated with the lack of coverage in that area. My wife and I’s best friends live in Rockwall, so not having coverage out there is pretty frustrating too.
Overall, most of the metroplex is very well covered. Dallas, Fort Worth, and almost all directly connect suburbs have great coverage. I’ll try to do some more testing in the North and East Fort Worth areas (Keller, North Richland Hills, etc..). I’ll also try to hit up some of the further south areas like Mansfield soon.