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Old 10-09-2008, 03:34 PM   #1
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You're gonna love WiMAX!.

I just got back from a conference in Chicago called Wimax world. I think the technology for the most part has been flying under the radar. It's something that's been rolled out internatanally for a while but companies in the U.S are just getting warmed up.

In a nutshell, picture coverage areas the size of cell phones with broadband speeds of 7-10 Mbps downstream (at ANY speed of mobility). At first you'll get your service using a standalone modem in your home or via a USB dongle on your laptop but eventually it will be completely integrated like wifi is today. I'm sure the next gen iPhone will also be wimax integrated.

The killer thing is the price. Fixed nomadic service for about $35/month. Nomadic + Mobilility with voice $60. Wooooo

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Old 10-09-2008, 03:37 PM   #2
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The company I work for has been pouring mad $ into this for years. It's nice to finally see something coming together.

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Old 10-09-2008, 03:42 PM   #3
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I have been reading about this for a few years now. I know the city of philadelphia was talking about it and I think that have done it in certain areas to some extent. At least I think I remembering hearing about that a few months ago.

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Here in Portland we have a test Wimax zone. I'm not part of the pilot but know a couple of people who are. They say it's amazingly fast.

On a side note - I'm not an engineer, but I often wonder how all of these radio waves flying around these days are affecting us, if at all. Seems like the FCC is approving new spectrum all of the time - there must be like 50x more flying around than there was 50 years ago.

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Old 10-09-2008, 03:47 PM   #5
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What companies are involved with getting it to market?

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Old 10-09-2008, 03:48 PM   #6
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Isnt WiMax essentially the same thing as the data cards that Sprint and Verizon have been using for a couple of years now?

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Old 10-09-2008, 03:50 PM   #7
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Isnt the miliatry doing something similiar. they are proposing "internet" with out wires..

that would be awsome. I still have the DSL. I want VOIP so bad but cost of comast at home & voip is more expensive then having a basic phone with dsl LOL

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Cisco is in this a big way after they bought Navini in Richardson, TX.

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I thought Intel was a big supporter as well.
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