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Sprint, Google WiMax
New portal deal...
by Karl Bode 10:09AM Thursday Jul 26 2007
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:
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"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.

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techlte

join:2003-01-01
US

Sprint Broadband

I'm already seeing roughly 1.1 down with latencies around 220ms.. When we go Rev.A here I can't imagine how much faster it'll be. Now with WiMax becoming a reality Sprint is positioning itself well.


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cpayne5
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join:2004-01-06

Re: Sprint Broadband

Your download probably won't improve that much w/ RevA, but your upload and latency will.
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techlte

join:2003-01-01
US

Re: Sprint Broadband

Then why do Rev.A users see 2-4mb?
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shoan

join:2006-02-27
Benton, AR

Re: Sprint Broadband

my understanding is that the rev A is limited to under 1.5Mb due to it being a T1 line basically with a little dedicated to something that sprint uses.

cpayne5
Premium
join:2004-01-06

Re: Sprint Broadband

Exactly.

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.
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Sircolby45

join:2005-11-26
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.
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iggynation

@spcsdns.net
There are plenty over on evdomaps.com that were able to get 2-2.5Mbps on RevA. But that's the exception, now the rule. Most get 600k-1.4mbps.

BTW, Sprint WiMAX will also have combo cards that can do EVDO as well.

tc1uscg

join:2005-03-09
Clinton Township, MI

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Re: Sprint Broadband

said by iggynation :

There are plenty over on evdomaps.com that were able to get 2-2.5Mbps on RevA. But that's the exception, now the rule. Most get 600k-1.4mbps.

BTW, Sprint WiMAX will also have combo cards that can do EVDO as well.
On that note.. Dell laptops will be shipping with built in evdo-A.. one has to wonder how long behind will it be for them to ship laptops with both platforms.
ydoucare

join:2003-03-12
Lafayette, IN
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said by techlte:

Then why do Rev.A users see 2-4mb?
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.
shoan

join:2006-02-27
Benton, AR
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.
kaila

join:2000-10-11
Lincolnshire, IL

Chicago by the end of the year...Awesome

I love competition. Our village had been told earlier this year by AT&T that even modest success by Sprint with this technology will force them to reconsider offering DSL here.
Edward1978

join:2007-07-23
De Soto, IL

Re: Chicago by the end of the year...Awesome

I hope they cover extreem Southern ILL.

Michieru2
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join:2005-01-28
Miami, FL

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That's nice, about technical support....

Gary! 35 minutes on hold is NOT acceptable.
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binky9

join:2004-03-28
League City, TX

Sprint, Google WiMax

Now, if Apple would just allow Sprint to combine these features with an iPhone. Heaven.
ncbill
Premium
join:2007-01-23
Winston Salem, NC

Why buy this?

When there's SERO available for $30 month that includes a voice plan and unlimited EVDO data (if you pick the right phone that can be tethered w/o them knowing)