Sprint XOHM WiMax – Now Live in Baltimore

Dave Zatz —  September 29, 2008 — 6 Comments

Sprint has taken off the wraps on the first US 4G service. “XOHM” is now live in Baltimore, with DC and Chicago expected to come online soon. More than just a faster wireless network, Sprint’s attempting to encorach on the home broadband market, in addition to serving road warriors, by bundling high speed Internet access – $50/mo covers two WiMax devices, such as a home router and a laptop card. To put that in perspective, service on one typical 3G card currently runs $60/mo. They’re also touting no long-term commitments or contracts, though good luck finding another use for the hardware when you deactive. If they can quickly blanket large swathes of the nation in coverage and promote this thing right (no easy feat), WiMax has a real shot at taking off. At the very least, new competition should help push or keep broadband prices down.

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6 responses to Sprint XOHM WiMax – Now Live in Baltimore

  1. “…$50/mo covers two WiMax devices, such as a home router and a laptop card. To put that in perspective, service on one typical 3G card currently runs $60/mo. They’re also touting no long-term commitments or contracts…”

    That caught my attention too!

    Methinks I can pull that USB thingy apart and make a nice Skype phone out of it ;)

  2. Todd, what you need is an Android handset with a WiMax chip in it. Then you can have Skype, plus a whole lot more. And I know how you love the Android.

  3. I’m more curious as to what kinds of actual speed over distance people end up getting with this. If it’s decent, then it might be a good alternative to comcast, in areas which won’t see FiOS for a while.

  4. 50/month what i pay comcast in the boston region, and there is no sign the FiOS is happening where i live, being that local officials are literally begging for it:
    http://www.wickedlocal.com/medford/news/x418863211/City-Council-begs-Verizon-for-FiOS

  5. Do we know the roll-out schedule for the rest of the country? Sprint has been talking about WiMax to us for over a year now. Also, will this be headed for the Canadian side of the boarder?

  6. Has anyone seen a real world d/l and u/l speedtest for this service? 4G? hmmmmm

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