Saturday, December 20, 2008

Sprint Announces USB 3G and WiMax Modem

Sprint Wimax USB Earlier in the year, Sprint announced the launch of XOHM, their WiMax network in Baltimore with the rollout continuing throughout 2009 to cover the US.  What is WiMax, you ask?  It is the 4th generation of wireless Internet connectivity with speeds of 2Mbps to 4 Mbps.  Since its 4th generation, it's referred to as 4G while current speeds are referred to as 3G.  The USB modem pictured above will access 4G if it is available and default to 3G if 4G is not.

Not long ago, Sprint merged XOHM with Clearwire's network.  The combined initiative is being called "Clear".

The USB modem pictured above is the u3000 and is currently available only in Baltimore, but will be sold in other markets as the "Clear" 4G network is rolled out across the U.S.  The network is rumored to be partially operational in Dallas, Chicago, Boston, Philadelphia, and Washington D.C.

The price is $149 after a $50 dollar rebate and a 2 year contract on the service.  The service itself is said to be available for $79.99 per month.

WiMax may very well change the way we access the 'Net.  Imagine T-1 speeds with no wires!

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