Sprint and Clearwire’s WiMax venture is slowly expanding, having reached Baltimore, Portland, and Atlanta already. The joint venture is hoping to light up Las Vegas with 4G WiMax coverage on July 21.
WiMax is a competing 4G technology to LTE, which AT&T and Verizon Wireless have both committed to. AT&T will transition to 4G LTE from its 3G HSPA/UMTS network while CDMA-based Verizon Wireless will move to LTE from its 3G EVDO network.
Though the service remains affordable at $40 per month or $10 for a daily access pass, device support is still limited. Hopefully, as Sprint’s and Clearwire’s 4G WiMax network expands, the two firms can bring some compelling Windows Phones to users. According to Yahoo, Clearwire has said it will also offer service this year in cities including Chicago, Dallas-Fort Worth, Philadelphia, Seattle, Honolulu and Charlotte, North Carolina. It will serve 80 markets, including New York, Washington, Houston, Boston and San Francisco, by the end of next year, the company has said.