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XOHM on the Air

4:40 PM -- Sprint Corp. (NYSE: S)'s XOHM WiMax service is only officially available in Baltimore, but bloggers are finding that the WiMax radio towers may also be broadcasting in cities such as Boston and Dallas as well.

The network is said to be unofficially operational in Dallas already, as well as Boston, Chicago, Philadelphia, Washington, and Northern Virginia. But, although people are seeing a WiMax signal, it is not yet clear whether anyone can actually use the service to get connected to the Internet.

Nonethless, the signal spotting fits with what Sprint said about further launches at WiMax World last week. Sprint's senior vice president of Mobile Broadband Operations for Sprint's XOHM service, Atish Gude, said that cities such as Chicago are due for "imminent" launch and that the operator could "bundle up" markets for a "big bang" launch. (See Sprint's 50 Buck Chuck.)

— Dan Jones, Site Editor, Unstrung

maureen4G 12/5/2012 | 3:30:12 PM
re: XOHM on the Air FYI - even though XOHM has been sighted in many areas besides the officially launched Baltimore, you won't be able to actually access the network unless you register your device as if you live in the Baltimore area. Check out this workaround:

Activate XOHM device
IPobserver 12/5/2012 | 3:30:09 PM
re: XOHM on the Air More results here for Sprint Mobile Broadband: http://www.dslreports.com/arch...

Xohm seems to be mixed in with EV-DO, but it's failry clear which is which.
IPobserver 12/5/2012 | 3:30:09 PM
re: XOHM on the Air Couple of end-user reviews of Xohm seem pretty positive.

http://www.pcmag.com/article2/...
Downlink: speeds averaging 3.6 Mbit/s, with peak at 7 Mbit/s
Uplink: varied from 416Kbit/s to 2.1Mbit/s

Performance dropped with weak signal, naturally.

http://blog.laptopmag.com/xohm...
Downlink: 3 Mbit/s GĒō with strong signal
Uplink: 2.4 Mbit/s GĒō with strong signal

Both reviews compared WiMax to EV-DO and found it noticeably better *where there is coverage*.
joset01 12/5/2012 | 3:30:08 PM
re: XOHM on the Air To be fair, it be really bad news if the networkd didn't return excellent speeds 'n' feeds with so few people using the service.

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