Archive for the ‘WiMAX’ Category
Road warriors riding the Sprint WiMAX truck will be pleased to know that there’s a new mobile hotspot device in the house. Dubbed the Overdrive Pro 3G / 4G, users can now simultaneously connect up to eight devices — as opposed to just five previously — to the mobile web via this little 802.11n router from Sierra Wireless. Better yet, Sprint has halved the price for this new model to $49.99 after a $50 rebate with a two year $50 service agreement, yet you still get the usual goodies like microSD expansion and built-in GPS support to boot. You can pick one up at Sprint stores starting on March 20th, but of course, the previous Overdrive is probably sufficient for most humble uses, anyway.
Citing “personal reasons,” Clearwire boss Bill Morrow has rather suddenly stepped down from his positions both as CEO and executive board director. Replacing him on an interim basis will be John Stanton, current chairman of the board and former CEO of VoiceStream (a company you may know better as T-Mobile USA). Now, it’s no secret that Clearwire has been under a bit of pain lately — it’s scaled back its ambitious growth plans and shelved its retail strategy, not to mention the fact that 4G partner Sprint has been seen carousing with both LightSquared and T-Mobile lately — so it stands to reason that Morrow may have had a little help being shown the door. Follow the break for Clearwire’s full press release.
Making fun of WiBro — the Korean moniker for what’s otherwise known as IEEE 802.16e mobile WiMAX — never gets old. Fortunately, Samsung just gave us another reason to “pose hard” with the announcement of the WiBro- and T-DMB-equipped Galaxy Tab now available from the Korean operator KT for 900,000KRW or just a bit more than $800. Otherwise, it’s pretty much the same 7-inch Android tablet that’s about to get an 8.9 inch big brother on March 22nd. Hey Sprint, you seeing this?
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It ain’t as crazy as you may think. If you’ll recall, we actually heard last month that Deutsche Telekom was mulling the idea of spinning off T-Mobile USA from its portfolio, and now it looks as if one carrier in particular is interested. According to the inimitable “people with knowledge of the matter,” Bloomberg Businessweek is reporting that Deutsche Telekom has gone ahead with talks to “sell its T-Mobile USA unit to Sprint in exchange for a major stake in the combined entity.” Granted, there’s no guarantees at this point that the two will actually reach a deal that sits well with both boards, and up until now, they haven’t been able to come to terms with T-Mob’s valuation. As the story goes, Deutsche Telekom has purportedly said that it could sell “all or part of the US business, and all options are open.” Meanwhile, Sprint’s remaining mum. A merger of these two would combine the number three and four players in America, but if that doesn’t pan out, T-Mobile USA may end up buying wireless spectrum from Clearwire as an alternative. We’re hearing that an outright sale of T-Mobile in the US is pretty much off of the table, but considering just how many backroom talks are apparently going on in both camps, we won’t be surprised until they tell us to be.
Not that we were doubting the veracity of our tipster’s info, but here’s a nice fat slice of pseudo-official confirmation of what we were told a couple of days ago. HTC has laid claim to the trademark of “HTC EVO View 4G,” confirming our indications that an EVO View tablet would be coming to Sprint’s Now Network. That postulation is also supported by the fact that the EVO branding has only ever appeared in association with Sprint as well as some pretty compelling circumstantial evidence. There is an interesting new piece to the puzzle, however, in the 4G appendage to the device’s name, which would imply that we’re looking at our first WiMAX tablet — something Sprint promised for this year and looks set to unveil at the upcoming CTIA 2011 trade show. Our expectation is that the EVO View 4G moniker will be attached to HTC’s1.5GHz Flyer, a 7-inch Android Gingerbread slate with aspirations for Honeycomb glory in its near future. Only one way to be sure though, keep an eye on our CTIA coverage and we’ll let you know as soon as the official bird chirps out the official word.