Will Dallas Beat Chicago’s Oct. 6 WiMAX Launch Date?

September 19, 2009

Karl Bode at the always-reliable DSL Reports is reporting that he has received an email which declares that Oct. 6 will be the launch date for the long-awaited WiMAX services in Chicago, a town we visited just this past week and wondered where the WiMAX was. We’ve talked previously about why we think Chicago is Clearwire’s (and Sprint’s, and Comcast’s) most important market to date — let’s see what Clearwire does when it comes to marketing its wireless broadband services in the Windy City.

But even though Oct. 6 seems close, it might not be the next big-city launch for Clearwire — at WiMAX World (excuse me, 4G World) last week we heard tales of a big Sprint-sponsored party at the new Dallas Cowboys football stadium to launch the WiMAX services in that town, sometime in the next two weeks. We’ll keep our party hats handy.

WiMax Wardrivers Won’t Wait

November 3, 2008

Pretty funny to see the “WiMax Wardrivers” emerging, as geeks start finding networks before they’re ready. Dave Zatz of Zatz Not Funny fame is the latest entrant, using some Baltimore Xohm hardware to start surfing on the yet-to-be-formally-opened Washington D.C. Xohm network. Since he’s the only (illegal) one on the net, so far speeds are pretty darn good, according to Dave.

But don’t be too surprised if the Sprint police hunt him down and shut him off — we haven’t heard any warnings yet but Dan Jones over at Unstrung is passing the word that those who try surfing before the new wireless beach is open might get shut down from time to time. (And we know from personal experience that the Chicago Xohm network is running pretty well already.)

Just one of the inconveniences of getting in ahead of the crowds, eh?