I think with the recent news of the CEO of Clear stepping down, and clear abandon their 4G smart phone, and as google is a major player in the 4G space. Google should pick the ball up and run with it, as they are a partner of the clear brand, and need to protect their investment.
They also have the resourses, and funding to finish what clear started, where this 4G smart phone is concerned. I know they have asperations of being the new phone company of tomorrow, which is happening today. Google should take over, and build this device. They are in the business of smart phones. And what a great path for them to move. This would scare the heck out of all the carriers in the wireless arena.
This should also cause a major shift in the device consumer market that would gain traction rapidly. Google you are the only one, already involved that can, and should pull this off. A perfect path for your gmail chat, and google voice, and android platform. And if you don't think consumers will cause a stampede to get at this device, i think you would be wrong. As consumers are tired of the monopolys dictating through data caps, overage charges, minute rates, and just to darn expensive. This will make google the king of 4G period.
That would be my two cents on the matter.
But wow would that shake things up a bit.