Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Sprint looks to lease its wireless network to device makers

When Amazon originally released the Kindle ebook reader, one of the really amazing things about it was its wireless connectivity to what Amazon called "Whispernet". The device has a built-in cell phone transmitter that connects to a high speed data connection at no additional charge. This connection allows the Kindle user to connect to Amazon's Kindle store to browse and buy books. Once purchased, the books are downloaded in the background (and they arrive quickly).

Shortly after the Kindle was available, it was leaked that the Whispernet connection is actually made over the Sprint EvDO Rev A network. This means the Kindle is actually a device with wireless broadband capability.

Now an article in the Wall Street Journal states Sprint is looking for similar partnerships with Garmin, Sandisk, and Kodak.

This is an interesting idea since lots of devices would certainly benefit from being wirelessly connected to the 'net all the time. This takes on a really great idea when you consider that the Kindle provides the service as part of the purchase price. I'd be more than willing to pay more up front cost for a device with an always on connection. Hopefully this is the start of something good and we'll see more of this in the not too distant future.

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