NEW YORK, Sept 29 Sprint Nextel Corp (S.N)
announced a one-market launch of Xohm, its next generation
high-speed wireless data service based on WiMax, with
pay-per-day options as well as monthly service fees.
The Monday launch in Baltimore, Maryland, comes before
Sprint's expected completion in the fourth quarter of a venture
with Clearwire Corp CLWR.O to build a larger network based on
WiMax, which promises to blanket entire cities with wireless
Sprint, which has been working to stem customer losses from
its existing services, said consumers in Baltimore would be
able to try out the service for $10 a day or pay $25 a month
for home access or $30 a month for mobile service.
The company, which envisions consumers each owning multiple
gadgets that can connect to its WiMax network, is also offering
a $50 a month service for coverage for two WiMax devices.
The first devices supporting the service include Samsung
Electronics (005930.KS) connection cards for $59.99 that could
be slotted into a computer.
A Nokia NOK1V.HE wireless Web tablet will be available
later this year along with laptop computers with built-in WiMax
support and a device that supports access to Sprint's existing
network as well as the WiMax network.
Sprint and Clearwire have said their joint venture, which
will be called Clearwire, will offer WiMax services covering a
potentially 140 million consumers by the end of 2010.
(Reporting by Sinead Carew)