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WiMAX crop getting ready to drop

Katie Fehrenbacher lists some WiMAX devices that will soon be coming stateside as Sprint rolls out its third national network and I can’t say there’s a real compelling consumer electronics product in the batch. Assuming the price-performance advantage is there, PC Cards and EpressCards should be popular but low-volume products like Nokia’s N800 and Samsung’s Q1 aren’t going to drive network usage. When Sprint announced its plans for its 2.5 GHz spectrum holdings, it dangled visions of connected cameras, camcorders and portable video games, but it will take some time to make the case to major hardware companies to integrate WiMAX. Also, the cost and chip size will have to be right as space and battery life are always at a premium on portable products.