Crunch time for WiMax: 10 Mbps in downtown Baltimore

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Now is when Sprint’s attempt to vault directly to 4G flops or flies. Baltimore is the first U.S. city to get an operational WiMax network, under the carrier’s Xohm branding, with prices starting at $10 for a day pass and $35 per month.

There are no contracts, and WiMax modems will be sold for $45. An unlimited data plan is $50, at least for now. There’s no voice plan at all, yet–understandable, given the lack of phones–but you won’t need it unless you’re worried about e911 on your laptop, as Skype works just fine.

Sprint promises throughput of between 2 and 4 megabits per second, but says you’ll get up to 10 (ten!) under optimal conditions. It’s describing the result, in effect, as like a city-wide WiFi hotspot: a claim that seems ballsy, but is really just the promise that WiMax (look at its name!) held all along.

The problem, of course, is that you have to go to downtown Baltimore to get it. Baltimore? Good lord, Sprint. Are the next two rollouts going to be Detriot and Fallujah?

Sprint takes wireless service to the max in Baltimore [USA Today]

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5 Responses to Crunch time for WiMax: 10 Mbps in downtown Baltimore

  1. hemidemisemiquaver says:

    The Chicago and DC networks are already built and active. They should go live to the public pretty soon now. Finally Chitown gets something cool nearly first. :P

  2. smalltimore says:

    Hey Rob, don’t be frontin’ on Balmer. We have way better beer than Fallujah.

  3. gnosis says:

    Bodymore Murdaland…

  4. Scuba SM says:

    Seeing as how I work in the Motor City, and live within spitting distance, I was going to leap to the defense of Motown. But, uh… I’m not sure how. :\

  5. Enochrewt says:

    But I had thought that Det. Jimmy McNulty had cleaned up the streets of Baltimore?

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