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Samsung's New Support for WiBro

Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. (Korea: SEC) has unveiled a dual-mode Windows XP device for the South Korean market that supports EV-DO and WiBro -- the domestic mobile WiMax specification championed by the vendor.

The SPH-P9000 "Mobile Intelligent Terminal" can serve as a phone, stripped-down PC, or music player. The gadget has a five-inch screen, a 30-Gbyte hard-drive, and resembles a mini-DVD player. Samsung says it will be available in first half of 2007.

The device once again shows Samsung pushing ahead of rivals on the WiMax technology front. The question remains, however, can such gadgets entice South Koreans to actually use the new WiBro networks sprouting in their homeland? (See Samsung: 4G Speed King.)

WiBro networks have seen extremely slow take-up since they were launched in June this year by SK Telecom (Nasdaq: SKM) and KT Corp. The operators had only signed up a few hundred subscribers by summer's end. One of the reasons cited for the slow start was the lack of available handsets. (See Carriers Look to Define the Future.)

Looking further out, this kind of device likely gives an idea of the kind of widgets that Sprint Corp. (NYSE: S) will launch as it deploys its mobile WiMax network in 2008.

— Dan Jones, Site Editor, Unstrung

ehud1 12/5/2012 | 3:35:31 AM
re: Samsung's New Support for WiBro WiBro + EVDO is the right thing to go for in Korea and Sprint.
Outside of Japan (DoCoMo) almost all 3G successes have been due to multimode netowrks and devices (2G/3G) - will happen again, WiMAX/Cellular
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