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The $5 billion price tag to bring Xohm, Sprint’s WiMax offering, to fruition may be just a little too rich as the wireless carrier looks at options for the business.

The best news about Sprint offering WiMax suggests that the project will launch. Recently a Sprint executive told a conference audience the service would come and tear down the walls to high speed wireless access.

How Xohm will be structured to do so from a corporate viewpoint could change. Sprint’s current search for a new CEO, coupled with a rough third quarter that saw subscribers and net income plunge, may require Xohm to zoom out of Sprint.

The Wall Street Journal said Xohm could be spun out as a separate unit. Clearwire, a wireless startup shepherded by Craig McCaw, has been mentioned as a possible partner for Xohm.

 Sprint's WiMax Fate Being Debated

The promise of WiMax for Internet users, particularly those in rural areas, makes it a compelling technology. It has a far greater range than WiFi, and offers practical connections of 2 to 10 Mbits/s.

Google has been associated with Sprint for the Xohm project by taking a role in building a portal for Xohm users. It has been reported that the work between Google and Sprint could extend to Google’s mobile software appearing on phones offered by Sprint for its subscribers.

Sprint’s WiMax Fate Being Debated
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