WiMax services in Baltimore, today, from Sprint XOHM!

   Sprint is reportedly going live with the service in the downtown area today. According to the Baltimore Sun, Sprint’s network in the city is more than half complete and available now to the public, with coverage in large sections of the city and some parts of Baltimore County.

A VoIP option that allows you to plug ordinary phones into a WiMAX terminal jack, and mobile voice are still in the works.

Prices will start at $10 for a day pass, good for 24 hours of unlimited usage. Monthly service starts at $35. There are no contracts.

To use the service, Baltimore customers will have to buy a special WiMax “aircard” or modem, which cost about $45 apiece. There are also special launch discounts, including a $50-a-month plan that offers subscribers unlimited data usage for life.

Sprint and Clearwire plan to create a $14.5 billion joint venture to provide a national WiMax network. They project 120 million to 140 million people would have WiMax access by the end of 2010, although admittedly it is an aggressive prediction. By comparison, AT&T and Verizon Wireless are supporting Long Term Evolution for fast wireless connections they believe could reach a mass market in 2011 to 2012.

USA Today: Sprint takes wireless service to the max in Baltimore.

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