Clear coming to Baltimore -- but when?
Remember a couple years back that Sprint launched a wireless broadband network in Baltimore called XOHM? I wrote about it.
Geeks were excited about it. Some people even bought the network devices for their laptops and home computers and started using the high-speed broadband network based on the WiMax protocol. Then Sprint sold its interest in Xohm to a Washington-based company called Clearwire, the transition began, and the company for awhile wasn't accepting new customers in Baltimore.
After many months in limbo, it looks like Clearwire is ready to start marketing and operating the service in Baltimore again, under the name Clear. (BaltTech readers have seen marketing signs of Clear's presence in Baltimore for a few months now.)
The promise of Clear/WiMax is that wireless devices will have access to a high-speed network that is several times faster than 3G networks out there. So you could do things like watch hi-def video on your smartphone whereever you are -- that is, if your smartphone comes equipped with the 4G tech that can tap into the service. Your home computer could also tap into the Clear wireless network, so you don't have to worry about hooking into your phone line or cable.
So, right now, Clear is trying to build some buzz among the digirati set by hosting a blogger/Tweeter meetup tomorrow -- check out the details here.
But we still have no official word yet on when Clear will be up and running in Baltimore. Maybe that'll come out at the meetup?
(Thanks to Patrick Roanhouse for reminding me about the Clear event tomorrow.)
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