WiMAX

Best Buy Connect Service Inks Deal with Clearwire to Offer 4G

Best Buy Connect Service Inks Deal with Clearwire to Offer 4G

Just over a month ago, we told you that Clearwire had their sights set on installing WiMAX modems into a bunch of Intel Core-based notebooks, which would then subsequently be sold through Best Buy some time by the holiday shopping season. Even as the report hit the 'net, there were still plenty of questions. Primarily, was this a one time thing, or would a new deal come from the situation? It looks like we have our answer, as Best Buy and Clear have just made it possible for the two to work closely together to bring 4G service to people.

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T-Mobile USA HSPA+ network overtakes rivals with 4G speed reach

T-Mobile USA HSPA+ network overtakes rivals with 4G speed reach

"You snooze, you lose" may not be the most eloquent way of putting it, but Sprint CEO Dan Hesse knows that the longer it takes to get customers onto shiny devices like the EVO 4G, the more chance his carrier rivals have to overtake him in high-speed mobile networks.  T-Mobile USA has just announced that their HSPA+ network is now the most pervasive in the country, currently covering more than 85m people and on track, the carrier promises, to offer HSPA+ to over 185m people by the end of 2010.

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Sprint and T-Mobile Merger a Possibility Thanks to Logic, According to Dan Hesse

Sprint and T-Mobile Merger a Possibility Thanks to Logic, According to Dan Hesse

Right now, Sprint is sitting high with all of their 4G talk. They've got their first 4G phone out there in the wild, and they've got 4G popping up in cities all over the United States. And while at this very moment they're using the same technology that Clearwire is (WiMAX), apparently that's still not stopping them from thinking about transitioning to LTE (Long Term Evolution) some time in the future. On top of that, a T-Mobile merger apparently holds a lot of logic.

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Sprint 4G spreads: WiMAX in 43 areas, New York by end of 2010

Sprint 4G spreads: WiMAX in 43 areas, New York by end of 2010

The flagship device to use it may be rarer than hens' teeth but that hasn't stopped Sprint from pushing 4G market growth, with seven new metropolitan areas getting access to the WiMAX goodness.  Rochester, N.Y., Syracuse, N.Y., Merced, Calif., Visalia, Calif., Eugene, Ore., Tri-Cities, Wash., and Yakima, Wash. take Sprint's coverage to 43 markets, though there's still a significant absence in high-profile areas like NYC.  According to Sprint's Dan Hesse, New York should see WiMAX arrive by the end of 2010.

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HTC EVO 4G shortages undermine Sprint’s WiMAX advantage admits Hesse

HTC EVO 4G shortages undermine Sprint’s WiMAX advantage admits Hesse

Sprint's patchy stock of the HTC EVO 4G has limited the impact of their early entrance into the 4G market, according to CEO Dan Hesse, telling the WSJ that "we thought we would have more of a head start than we'll end up having."  HTC says the delay in handsets is down to shortages in stocks of components like touchscreens, and that they're looking to new suppliers to boost production capacity; according to HTC spokesman Keith Nowak, the company is even monitoring flights to the US to get last-minute shipping space for the EVO 4G - and the Verizon Droid Incredible, similarly in short supply - as it rolls fresh off the production line and thus speed up availability.

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Intel axe WiMAX Program Office (and surprise the Taiwanese government)

Intel axe WiMAX Program Office (and surprise the Taiwanese government)

Intel has apparently surprised its WiMAX partners by deciding to axe its WiMAX Program Office, prompting questions among the industry as to its commitment to technologies related to the 4G network standard.  According to DigiTimes, Intel failed to notify the Taiwanese Ministry of Economic Affairs - which it has a cooperation agreement and memorandum of understanding (MOU) with - in advance, a decision which has led to speculation that the government may decide to cooperate with ARM, AMD and others in future.

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Clear fit WiMAX to Intel Core notebooks at Best Buy

Clear fit WiMAX to Intel Core notebooks at Best Buy

Clearwire has announced that it plans to slot WiMAX modems into all the Intel Core based notebooks at Best Buy by the holidays, in an attempt to drum up business for their 4G network.  It's unclear what affect the 4G modems will have on the price - systems tipped to be included in the promotion are the Dell Inspiron 14, Dell Inspiron 15, Dell Mini 10, and Toshiba Satellite M645, among others - but if buyers opt for a two-year CLEAR agreement they'll get a $100 rebate.

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CLEAR 4G and 4G+ WiFi hotspots outed with USB 3G/4G modem

CLEAR 4G and 4G+ WiFi hotspots outed with USB 3G/4G modem

US WiMAX provider Clearwire has outed its latest 4G modems and personal wireless hotspots, promising broadband-like speeds in areas with suitable 4G service.  The new CLEAR 4G and CLEAR 4G+ personal WiFi hotspots (the latter being a rebadge of the Sprint Overdrive) each pull in a WiMAX signal and share it with up to eight nearby devices (the 4G+ also works with 3G connections).  Meanwhile there's a new dual-mode 3G/4G USB modem for Mac and Windows users.

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Sprint Samsung Galaxy S Pro 4G phone outed

Sprint Samsung Galaxy S Pro 4G phone outed

We pointed you to the first shot of the Samsung Galaxy S Pro over at our sibling site Android Community earlier on, in our Daily Slash round-up, but now there are a few more shots of the smartphone to be had.  The Galaxy S Pro - which, judging by the branding, is headed to Sprint's 4G network - has a full, slide-out QWERTY keyboard along with a 5-megapixel camera with LED flash, Android 2.1 and TouchWiz 3.0.

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