Sprint Nextel Clearwire Unveil More WiMAX Market Expansion
June 29, 2010 15 Comments
Either somebody at Sprint Nextel/Clearwire is on crack or all the recent negative reports about the WiMAX are baseless. Sprint Nextel and partner Clearwire continued their full-court WiMAX press yesterday announcing a trio of new markets where service is available as well as a new device set to launch later this year. If most of the reports indicates the decline in growth for WiMAX, why would companies like Sprint Nextel and Clearwire continue investing billions $$$ in it?
Both companies are now offering WiMAX service in Salt Lake City; St. Louis; and Richmond, Va., pushing their total market coverage to around 40 markets. The Sprint Nextel offering is marketed under its “4G” brand, while the Clearwire service is marketed under its “Clear” brand.
In addition to the extended coverage Sprint Nextel unveiled details of its second WiMAX-enabled smartphone, Samsung Epic 4G. The device is based on Samsung’s Galaxy S platform and joins the recently launched HTC Evo 4G with access to Sprint Nextel’s WiMAX service.
I really hope there will be more customers showing up at their retail stores in the new market than their store in Dupont Circle, D.C. that they recently opened. The only person I have seen in their stores every time I pass by it, is their lonely sales guy.