At last. Conforming to the schedule it announced in June, Sprint Nextel has kicked off trials for WiMax wireless technology in Baltimore, Maryland. According to the Associated Press, the company dubs its wireless service Xohm and offers download speeds of 2-4Mbps—equivalent to 256-512KB/s, which the AP says is twice as fast as cellular broadband networks from the likes of AT&T, T-Mobile, and Verizon.
To sign on, you'll need to purchase either a $10 "day pass" or one of three monthly service packages. The Home service costs $35 a month ($25/month for the first six months) and requires an $80, "coffee-brewer-sized" modem. You can also sign up for the $45-a-month ($30/month for the first six months) On-the-Go mobile service, which requires a $60 ExpressCard WiMax adapter. Last, but not least, the Xohm Pick 2 service essentially combines the mobile and home services for $50 a month.
Now that the Baltimore operation has begun, Sprint plans to start WiMax trials in Washington, D.C. and Chicago. Going by what we heard three months ago, Xohm will become available in those cities before the end of the year. You can check coverage on this page and learn more about the Baltimore service here.