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Sprint (NYSE: S) Nextel’s CEO Dan Hesse confirmed a partnership of some kind with Clearwire (NSDQ: CLWR) may still be in the cards although…

Sprint (NYSE: S) Nextel’s CEO Dan Hesse confirmed a partnership of some kind with Clearwire (NSDQ: CLWR) may still be in the cards although he wasn’t prepared to elaborate during today’s earnings call. “We have had wide ranging discussions with Clearwire on potential relationships but no final agreements have been reached,” he said during the call.

Hesse was reluctant to talk about WiMax too much and give the analysts the impression that he wasn’t 100 percent on turning around the company’s core wireless-phone business, however, he still let a few tidbits slip. He said the company’s soft WiMax launches in Baltimore, Washington DC and Chicago are encouraging, and that he feels Sprint can’t pass up being first to roll-out 4G. “Sprint has an enormous asset — nearly 100 megahertz of un-utilized spectrum — and we have the opportunity to have a three-year head start with our Xohm service, true wireless broadband with multi-megabit speed,” he said.

Later this year, he said they’ll introduce dual-mode CDMA/WiMAX devices, which they’ll probably need if if too many people sign-up for the company’s new unlimited data plan and start clogging the networks.

  1. Edwin Ferreira Friday, February 29, 2008

    phones with wimax will be capable of having face to face conversations, its a huge breakthrough!!!

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  2. Once Sprint rolls out with "4G"…the deaf/signing community will all be gobbling up Sprint phones to for their capabilities for see each other signing…I can't wait! Sign me up as a beta tester!

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  3. I work for Sprint Advaced Tech Support. So iv hear alot of this WiMax. The ceo said it will be amazing and only will be for the air cards for data. But when it comes out only data can be used. After a few years they will use it for voice and data. So it only seems it will be used for Air card for now.

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  4. Uh…. You know, VoIP works great over data links…

    SIP/SRTP over EV-DO rev A works awesomely, even going down highway 80 at 70 mph.

    Just let the old voice-switching networks die, I'd much prefer to separate my wireless link and voice link billing.

    $49.95 a month for a wireless link and $0.01 per minute for voice to a landline or free to another device that speaks IP? I'll take that, thank you. At least then I'm not limited to a voice only link, I could transfer a file/picture while streaming bidirectional video and audio to multiple participants.

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  5. Completion of Sprint WiMAX trials set the stage for network launch

    May 18, 2008
    The Washington DC- Baltimore trials which were the staging ground for mobile WiMAX of Sprint Nextel under its XOHM brand have now given the signal for the final launch of the Mobile WiMAX network in USA which will cover over 140 million people by 2010.
    The signal for commercial launch came after the trials were declared successful having validated an extensive set of parameters including data rates, handoffs and roaming, MIMO, reception by a range of consumer devices and many more. The trials validated the initial WiMAX devices from Samsung which have been designed to comply with the WiMAX Forum profiles for release 1 wave 2 and will form a part of the initial ecosystem which will be available. Handoffs, synchronization of base stations and delays in handoffs which have been the key differentiators from the Fixed WiMAX technologies have been proven to be acceptable as has the use of the spectrum which will be used for a countrywide rollout.
    The signal for the commercial launch of the XOHM service coincides with the announcement of Joint Venture involving Sprint, Clearwire, Intel, Comcast, Time Warner and Google. The cash infusion which the partners are bringing in will enable the physical rollout across the United States as supporting revenues build up from subscription and use.
    If the remarks of Barry West, CEO of Sprint are anything to go by, the market for Wireless services and devices is set to take a quantum jump in the USA, much beyond the incremental technologies such as HSDPA and EV-DO have been providing. The new ecosystem of high speed wireless connectivity will generate a host of new applications which were so far not possible owing to the limited set of capabilities in the mobile devices as well as the connectivity via mobile networks. The open architecture of the WiMAX will essentially make the Internet truly mobile and also lead to faster adoption of 3G in the networks.
    Seems to be the beginnings of a very exciting era, one which has taken a long time to arrive but is here today like a rainbow with all the colors, excitement and yet always with an element of the unknown.

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