Clearwire WiMAX to be called “Clear” rather than Xohm

Clearwire announced today that they will be calling their WiMAX network "Clear." This comes after the recently finished deal with Sprint for WiMAX. In fact, the Clear moniker will be used in place of Sprint's Xohm branding.

The deal was worth about $14.5 billion and made it so Clear will replace Xohm on Clearwire's segment of the WiMAX network. This is instead of a joint name. However, Clearwire doesn't seem to be connected to WiMAX for 4G. In fact, future tech may very well be switched over to the LTE standard, if need be.

In 2010, many other carriers like T-Mobile and Verizon will be using LTE, so it would make sense for Clearwire to make the switch as well if that is where the market goes. However, both Intel and Sprint might run into trouble in the future as they are betting their game on WiMAX.

SlashGear Week in Review – Week 41 2008

Laptops big and small have monopolized the headlines this week, with the most anticipation being Apple's upcoming MacBook event on Tuesday October 14th.  SlashGear will be live-blogging the whole thing, so join us at http://Live.SlashGear.com at 10am PST.  Meanwhile the 'Brick' rumors of what Steve Jobs might be announcing keep on coming: we've seen water-jet cutting systems, $800 price-points and several purported photo leaks.  Of course, Apple are saying nothing until Tuesday; they're too busy blaming NVIDIA for a spate of MacBook graphics failures.

Acer Aspire One WiMAX netbook coming in 2009

While Acer had two new laptops on show for the Sprint XOHM launch yesterday, what could be argued is their most interesting device to support WiMAX was hidden from sight.  Laptop Mag grabbed some hands-on time with an Acer Aspire One WiMAX netbook prototype that had been lurking in a nearby Intel van; they weren't sure if it was a proof-of-concept or an upcoming product, but SlashGear can confirm that Acer will be offering a WiMAX option on the Aspire One starting in early 2009.

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Sprint XOHM WiMAX pricing confirmed

Sprint has confirmed pricing for its XOHM WiMAX service, officially launched today in Baltimore.  Offering average download speeds of 2-4 Mbps and uplink speeds of 1-2 Mbps, XOHM will be initially offered in two versions: Home, for replacing an ADSL or cable broadband service, and On-the-Go, for use with a mobile device.  Initial discounting means service starts from $25 per month.

Full XOHM pricing details after the cut

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Lenovo WiMAX Option for ThinkPad X301, T400, SL300 & SL500

Lenovo have announced their WiMAX-enabled notebooks, intended for use with Sprint's high-speed XOHM network officially launched today in Baltimore.  WiMAX options will be available from today on ThinkPad X301, T400, SL300 and SL500 models, with options on the ThinkPad W500, W700, SL400 and X200 models later on this year.  Lenovo will also make WiMAX optional on the consumer-focused IdeaPad Y530.

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Acer Aspire WiMAX notebooks: 4930-6862 and 6930-6771

Acer have taken the wraps off of their WiMAX-integrated notebooks, designed to work with Sprint's new XOHM network. The tiresomely-named Aspire 4930-6862 and Aspire 6930-6771 both integrate Intel's new WiMAX/WiFi Link 5050 module for Centrino 2 notebooks, promising average downlink speeds of 2-4 Mbps and uplink rate of 1-2 Mbps. The 4930-6862 has a 14-inch display while the 6930-6771 has a 16-inch display.

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Sprint XOHM WiMAX launch: SlashGear goes to Baltimore

Sprint has officially announced its new 4G XOHM WiMAX high-speed WWAN service operating in Baltimore, and with it several new WiMAX-enabled notebooks from Acer, ASUS, Lenovo, Toshiba.  The PCs will use Intel's combined WiMAX/WiFi module, an optional feature for Intel Centrino 2-based laptops, and which Dell, Panasonic, Samsung and Sony have all promised will be integrated in select notebooks of their own in 2009. Alternatively a USB WiMAX dongle, made by ZTE, can be used to add WiMAX to other devices; Nokia's N810 WiMAX Edition Internet Tablet will also go on sale later this month.


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Sprint XOHM WiMax Baltimore Speed Tests

Baltimore was the first city to get Sprint's XOHM WiMax service, so of course, people are giving it a tryout. And it seems the system provides for fairly fast download speeds, though signal strength is apparently the most important thing when it comes to having a good experience or a decidedly so-so one.

Those from Laptop Mag got pretty speedy results, which most likely has to do with the locations chosen for the tests. Web browsing speed was impressive, with CNN.com loading in 14 seconds, and downloading a 233.3MB video from iTunes in 6:10. It faired much better than Verizon's EV-DO service.

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