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January 9, 2008

Concerns Aired about Lack of Mobile WiMax Consumer Gear Near Launch

By Glenn Fleishman

Even though you can’t use a mobile WiMax network in the U.S. today, analysts are concerned about the lack of hardware: The first production networks are slated to launch in weeks and months, and the Associated Press says only a CPE (home adapter) from Zyxel and a PC Card from ZTE are available. Motorola told me some weeks ago their CPEs would be available in small quantities at launch, moving to mass production during 2008; I’m not sure why they didn’t ramp up in preparation, and they’re not mentioned in this article.

A few laptops and tablet PCs will include WiMax, including the Asus Eee ($1000, 2nd half 2008), OQO (no date or price), and a Nokia tablet (sometime in 2008, no price).

Given the small initial audience that will subscribe, and the newness of the technology, it’s not strange to have so few items, but I would have thought Sprint would have ensured a few CPE models were ready. This article may understate what will actually be available.

Sprint’s strategy is to allow consumers to buy any compatible device and then pay a fee to use it on the network. Prices haven’t yet been set for network service.

Posted by Glennf at January 9, 2008 7:59 AM

Categories: CPEs, Hardware, Mobile WiMax, launch plans


Glenn, I think your $999 on the WiMax enabled EEE PC might be inaccurate. I think the $999 is for Asus' standard notebooks with WiMax.

PC Mag:

"In order to stay ahead of the competition, according to Shih, being the first to implement WiMAX across the board was critical. We're talking about top-to-bottom enablement of a complete product line�from the leather clad U6, the commercial V1 and R50A laptops, to mainstream laptops like the F8V and M50V. Even the Lamborghini models will get it. The company also confirmed that the next-gen eeePC will feature 7, 8, and 8.9-inch screens and embedded SSD drives. To accelerate broad adoption, Asus will maintain an entry price point of $999 for WiMAx ready laptops, although expect the eeePC to run higher than the previous $300-$400 entry point.",2704,2246911,00.asp

Posted by: Futurize Korea at January 12, 2008 5:32 AM

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