Sprint plans to offer 2-4Mbps WiMax service for around $50 starting in 2008, with a goal of reaching 100 million people by the end of next year. The company recently announced a roaming partnership with Clearwire, and now says they're building a new WiMax mobile portal powered by Google:
quote:"Sprint network bandwidth, location detection and presence capabilities will be matched with Google’s popular communications suite – Google AppsTM – that combines the GmailTM, Google CalendarTM and Google TalkTM services. Customers will be able to experience a new form of interactive communications, high speed Internet browsing, local and location-centric services, and multimedia services including music, video, TV and on-demand products."
Sprint should begin testing the network in Chicago, Baltimore and Washington by the end of this year.
I have a RevA card in a RevA area. I am the only person on my tower (very rural area). I get 1300 down. The capacity is on in the card to handle 3.1mbps, but the tower can't push it since it doesn't have a big enough pipe. But, like I said, my upload and latency is greatly improved. -- Hail To The Redskins
This could be helped whenever WiMax starts expanding. I heard that they are going to use the WiMax to backhaul the EVDO towers. True or not? I dono. Just what I heard in the ole rumor mill. -- Wildblue Pro Pack / Beam 40 / Laredo NOC / Windows Vista Home Premium
In your dreams lol The vast majority of RevA users get the exact same downstream you are getting right now on Revision 0. I've been on RevA for a few months and never see over 1250 k. I've also traveled a few hundred miles and never seen any faster than this in any of the areas i got RevA coverage in. As others have mentioned, not all towers provide the bandwidth to pull 2+ mb even though the wireless technology itself is capable. If you're lucky, you might be connected to a tower with more capacity, and might be able to pull 2 mb. Look at the speed test results for spcsdns.net.
I would sign up for this for the simple fact that I have started to detest the non-providers in my area so much (ATT,Charter) even if ATT and Charter started providing service here. I am really glad to see another option being actively pursued.