Sprint Plots Dual-Mode CDMA-WiMax
A dual-mode PC card for laptops will be useful for users that want to step beyond the city limits of early WiMax markets -- such as Baltimore, Washington D.C., or Chicago -- and still get some form of connectivity. Users with WiMax-only cards and devices will likely find that they cannot roam much outside of home markets as the network gets established in 2008 and 2009. (See Sprint Preps Four New WiMax Markets and Sprint: More on B'More.)
Sprint spokesman John Polivka tells Unstrung that the dual-mode card should be available before "the end of the year." It's not clear, though, if it's going to be available for the expected launch of WiMax services in Baltimore this month.
The card will be a "Sprint product" from the carrier's business unit and not branded under the XOHM WiMax service. Polivka says that XOHM is a "separate business unit" and that the carrier wants to keep it "WiMax-only."
That separation of cellular church and WiMax state should become more obvious before the end of the year as Sprint's WiMax assets become part of the "new" Clearwire LLC (Nasdaq: CLWR), a deal that both operators are hoping will close before the end of the fourth quarter. (See Clearwire: We're Still on Track.) Early WiMax devices, such as the Nokia 810 WiMax tablet, are starting to get listed online for sale.
— Dan Jones, Site Editor, Unstrung