Sprint Soft Lunches WiMAX Service, in Chicago, Baltimore and Washington, D.C.

Demonstrating continuing progress with its next-generation wireless network initiative, Sprint (NYSE: S) today announced new Xohm(TM) mobile Internet business agreements involving web portal services and WiMAX network access devices. The company also named an advertising agency of record to help launch the Xohm brand in the United States.

A soft launch of Xohm mobile Internet service is underway with employees in Chicago, Baltimore and Washington, D.C., in preparation for commercial WiMAX service launch beginning later this year in select U.S. cities.

“Sprint is delivering on its Open Internet vision with exciting and differentiated WiMAX services,” explained Barry West, president of Sprint’s Xohm business unit. “The new service agreements and device commitments will help Xohm subscribers access, enjoy, store and secure personal digital and user-generated content while experiencing new device innovation.”

Sprint is exhibiting Xohm WiMAX applications, access devices and showing WiMAX broadband technical demonstrations during the 2008 International CES show in Las Vegas at booth # 31561, South Hall, in the Las Vegas Convention Center. The company plans to enhance and safeguard the Xohm personal broadband experience as it expands its WiMAX services ecosystem.

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