WiMax network from Sprint in line to launch late April

Sprint has stated that their long-anticipated WiMax network is on schedule to launch in late April 2008.

Sprint has stated that their long-anticipated WiMax network is on schedule to launch in late April 2008. Speaking at the Consumer Electronics Show, Sprint CTO Barry West announced that his company is on track to launch its WiMax service, called Xohm, around the end of April.

No subsidies, no contracts, all hardware
The service is expected to be priced at around $40 per month, and will not subsidize end-user hardware, but will also not require customers to sign up for contracts to get service, and any compatible hardware will be eligible for service.

West also said that Sprint would offer pricing by the day or week, akin to many Wi-Fi hotspot providers.

Not just computers
While Sprint demonstrated two WiMax-enabled modems at CES, and participated in the preview of the new Asus Eee PC with WiMax, computers aren't its only target.

West went on to discuss the possibility of WiMAX-enabled consumer electronics that would have the cost of their service paid upfront, in the purchase price, such as digital cameras which would interact with online storage or photo-sharing sites.

This was last published in January 2008

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