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Sprint to Launch Baltimore WiMax Network In September

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Jun 18, 2008, 4:09 PM   by Eric M. Zeman

Today Sprint CEO Dan Hesse confirmed that the company will launch Baltimore as its first public, commercial WiMax network in September. Sprint will launch Chicago and Washington, D.C., its two other trial cities, as full commercial networks before the end of 2008.

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Jun 19, 2008, 11:53 AM

Personally think this might save the company

Being someone who lives between Baltimore and DC, I'm excited to hear this. I'm not the biggest fan of the iPhone (but am an Apple fan in general), but the iPhone really allowed people to start embracing data and the web on their phones.

If Sprint takes data speeds to the next level and the networks opens up so new devices can come on and access this network, I think Sprint could be in good shape.

Data really is something that's important to many, many more people than it was as of - a year ago?

I made quite a few posts on this and Sprint in general over at the Engadget post on this in case anyone's interested:
http://www.engadget.com/2008/06/18/sprint-turning-on ... »
I agree. What i believe is going to happen is Sprint is going to be seen as more than just a cell phone company but as as full fledged broadband /data provider.

Sprint is saying that the system will be open. Anybody with a compatible device can...

Jun 18, 2008, 5:41 PM

nobody cares

sprint gonna get killed with this one, everyone else in the world is going lte and sprint decides on wimax obvious why they are in trouble
That's what they said about Nextel and iDen, funny how that turned out. 🙄
You are very ignorant, Wimax is used in 100 countries. LTE is still in theory (laboratory) with no real world test with a projected launch date of 2012. By that time Wimax is projected to have over 30 million customers in the US alone.
tuminatr said:
sprint gonna get killed with this one, everyone else in the world is going lte and sprint decides on wimax obvious why they are in trouble

I don't think they will get killed. However, I am not sure wh...

Jun 18, 2008, 5:57 PM


There's been a lot of talk about this wimax strategy for Sprint, but there's been almost no mention of devices.

The network is obviously useless without something to access it, so what will they be using? The rumored Nokia N810 with a WiMax chip added? A CDMA/WiMax pc card? Or a WiMax only card (like the Motorola pc card Clearwire sells)? Unless there's a phone that manufacturers have been hiding (unlikely), it'll be a while before there's any voice or data devices.

So what will customers be using? Anyone know? I'm really curious about this.
At the moment i'm just too lazy to look up specifics, but last november or so they had announced an internet tablet device that they were using to test WiMax. As far as phones, no idea yet.
Computers with built-in Worldwide interoperability for Microwave Access (Wimax) chips, wireless cards and phones as well. There will be Wimax Hotspots similar to Wifi Hotspots with the difference being WiMAX networks will likely have a 4-5 mile range...
uuuh uhhh i know i know they will be using the batman phone lol 😁
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