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WiMAX connectivity is coming to devices other than the cell phone and laptop

Sprint CEO Dan Hesse announced during his keynote at NXTcomm08 that Sprint would finally be rolling out its first commercial WiMAX market launch in Baltimore this September.

Sprint has two trial markets operating on its WiMAX network in Washington, D.C. and Chicago.  The networks in Baltimore, Washington D.C. and Chicago were all deployed last year, but TelephonyOnline reports that so far in the two operating trial areas in Washington, D.C. and Chicago were only open to  employees.

WiMAX service in the Washington, D.C. and Chicago areas will also be opened to commercial markets this fall. Sprint’s plans for its WiMAX network have hit hard times as low profits and rising costs for deploying the networks along with key employee changes -- including Dan Hesse himself replacing former Sprint CEO Gary Forsee -- conspiring to delay the service repeatedly.

Much of the keynote was devoted to Sprint’s 4G plans and Sprint says that it intends to take WiMAX beyond the cell phone and notebook computer user. Sprint is looking to the embedded chip model to put WiMAX access and connectivity into all sorts of devices including navigation devices, MP3 players, digital cameras and the network of sensors and meters maintained by vertical industries.

Hesse said, “Consumers still can’t seem to get enough data. WiMAX can deliver blazing fast speeds to all manner of devices, not just cell phones. The embedded chip model allows us to break free of wireless cell phone group think.”

Sprint still sees WiMAX as being superior to Long Term Evolution (LTE) technology that is favored by AT&T and Verizon. This superiority is almost exclusively tied to the fact that WiMAX will be in the market for several years before LTE appears.

Nortel announced recently that it would not support WiMAX at all and would instead focus its development efforts on LTE equipment for Verizon and AT&T citing that LTE is the most popular technology.

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RE: Most Important Thing
By sxr7171 on 6/20/2008 3:08:30 PM , Rating: 2
Thank you I wish I read your post so I wouldn't had to write mine. There is a post on WiMax nearly every day and people still don't get it. I was even called "dumb" for wanting to pay for both WiMax and 3G/4G cellular data. They are different. I want that N810 WiMax tablet ASAP!

RE: Most Important Thing
By Klober on 6/20/2008 3:44:52 PM , Rating: 2
I've gotten to play with one for a bit and the Nokia N810 is a very nice device. Many already know this, but for those who don't, while the N810 seems a lot like a smartphone looking at it, it's not. The N810 has no cell phone capability - you cannot call someone or receive calls on it, nor can you text. The N810 is simply (and I use that as a relative term) an advanced Internet device with a high resolution touchscreen. It's able to surf the web, play games, and instant message, among many other things.

As a side note, if anyone actually has an N810, I highly recommend putting a MiniSD card (or MicroSD in a MiniSD adapter) in and telling the N810 to use part of the SD as virtual memory. It increases the stability and the speed of your N810 since it supplements the small amount of memory built into the device.

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