updated 03:50 pm EDT, Tue September 23, 2008
Sprint WiMAX Live Oct 8
Sprint's Xohm WiMAX network will have its formal debut on October 8th, according to an invitation sent to the media. Company executives along with those from WiMAX developer Intel will host an event that day in Baltimore's Bond Street Wharf Park to unveil the service, which is planned as one of the first truly national 4G wireless Internet services for the US. Follow-ups expansions are also known to be in effect for nearby Washington, DC as well as Chicago in the near term and will spread next to Dallas and New England cities in the weeks following the rollout.
The long-range service should include several devices and services on launch that primarily focus on computer use, including desktop and notebook modems as well as some portable computers and handhelds with WiMAX built in, such as Nokia's N810 WiMAX edition, at least one ASUS Eee PC model and some Toshiba notebooks. Plans will be unique through the choice of either contract-free monthly subscriptions or the ability to purchase time in blocks as small as a day.
Sprint hasn't provided an explanation for the delay, though Gearlog now claims to have a source which asserts that the network is already active and that a mix of conflicting executive schedules and concerns over Jewish holidays prevented the planned September launch date.