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My thought piece yesterday on the slow and nebulous XOHM WiMAX rollout might have been right on time. This morning I read that Sprint has delayed the commercial launch of the XOHM service until later this year. That’s a sharp contrast from what a Sprint official […]

XohmlogoMy thought piece yesterday on the slow and nebulous XOHM WiMAX rollout might have been right on time. This morning I read that Sprint has delayed the commercial launch of the XOHM service until later this year. That’s a sharp contrast from what a Sprint official told us in January at the CES WiMAX press event. April was the expected launch date with details on pricing to come soon. It’s April, the launch date is getting moved and there are no more details for consumers in terms of price. Ugh…At this point, if I personally had a choice between a device not WiMAX-capable and the same device with WiMAX capability, I’d go for the former option. The only caveat would be: if the two configurations were priced the same. That’s just me, but something to think about if you’re in the market for a new mobile device.(via Engadget)

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  1. One of the videos from the CTIA show floor showed a 4 mb DL speed.

    Nice, but I’m getting 1.5 mb via Verizon

    Unless Sprint is going to open up their wireless to unlimited use (ala video streaming, slingbox) – I have trouble working up a great deal of enthusiasm….

    Especially given that this signal doesn’t seem to be available in many areas of the country — while EVDO Rev A clearly is (and I’ve seen some Sprint cards clock 2mb on speedtest.net)…

    I dunno – I’m not rocked by 4mb (which I assume is optimal)….

    Did I miss something and this speed is supposed to be a lot faster? (Oh and the ping on the speedtest demo WAS impressive – under 100 which is much better than my typical 150-is Verizon ping)

  2. I’ve been using WiMax (via Clearwire) for 18 months now and I can assure you: they don’t have this stuff figured out yet.

    When they rolled out 2Mbps things got better. But the service is still not as stable as wired, or even HSDPA.

    Especially in non-line of sight setups e.g. modem is on the north side of the building and the wimax site is on the south side.

    In those cases I’ve seen the modem go from 0Bps to 300KBps in erratic spurts that have you pulling your hair out. (VoIP over such a link anyone?)

    It is also heavily affected by environmental conditions. The weather here in Seattle often leads to slow days when the mist gets heavy.

    This week I discovered that a day that builds to lightening and thunder storms in the evening results in a day at 50% bandwidth.

    I have to wonder if after they get it figured out if there will be any market space left for this product before 4G comes along and puts it out of business.

  3. Kevin C. Tofel Thursday, April 3, 2008

    Good info Scotty. Out of curiosity, would you be willing to share what the cost of your plan is and your range of connectivity and/or coverage area? If not, I fully understand… thanks!

  4. Hmm. Well this doesn’t sound very good.

    Any update on that Intel thing with the 60mile range WiFi?

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