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Sprint XOHM WiMAX launch: SlashGear goes to Baltimore

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

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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