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Sprint's flagship WiMAX desktop modem goes on sale

WiMAX desktop modems have been popping up all over the place lately, and the latest evidence for a major push towards 4G for the home user comes to us courtesy of Sprint. The company quietly made Motorola's CPEi 25150 (the predecessor of the CPEi 100 we saw at CES) available to customers over the weekend, featuring that famous shark's fin form factor, white and yellow Sprint logo, and the promise of "the best radio performance in its class," on account of dual integrated antennas. Of course, this thing also has the requisite ethernet and USB ports for connecting to your home router. If you're lucky enough to have Sprint WiMAX coverage in your area, call your main man to get started. You can look forward to paying $100 (with $150 instant rebate) after signing a two-year contract. PR after the break.

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Sprint 4G Desktop Modem CPEi25150 by Motorola

Run Your Home and Office at 4G Speed

Take your home and business connectivity to the next level with the Sprint 4G Desktop Modem CPEi25150 by Motorola®. Simply connect the Sprint 4G Desktop Modem to your computer or router/Wi-Fi device to access blazingly fast speeds for browsing the Web, accessing multimedia-rich information, exploring social networking and lag-free videoconferencing in 4G service areas. Sprint 4G, powered by WiMAX, delivers download speeds up to 10 times faster than 3G.1 Expanding across the country, Sprint offers 4G service in 27 markets today, with more markets to launch in 2010. Sprint 4G Desktop Modem is the perfect cost-effective alternative to wired broadband or DSL connection, can be moved flexibly from location to location, allowing the user to connect to the Sprint 4G network easily and seamlessly without complicated installation and set-up procedures.

KEY FEATURES:

* WiMAX Forum certified
* Easy plug-and-play functionality
* Will work with all Operating Systems (e.g. Windows®, Macintosh, etc.)
* Dual integrated antennas in a compact design
* Best in Class Radio Performance
* Reliable indoor coverage
* High throughput
* Easy detection and authentication
* Advanced security and control features

SPECIFICATIONS:

* Dimensions: 9.3 inches (h) x 6.3 inches (w) x 1.1 inch (d)
* Weight: 1 lb.
* Frequency: 2.5
* Ethernet ports: 1; Speed Support 10/100M; NWay Protocol
* Firewall Protection and Port Forwarding

INSIDE THE BOX:

* Desktop Modem
* Ethernet Cable (RJ45)
* Power supply
* Get Started Guide

1 "Up to 10x faster" based on download speed comparison of 3G's 600 kbps vs. 4G's 6 Mbps. Typical published 3G avg. speeds (600 kbps-1.7 Mbps); 4G avg. speeds (3-6 Mbps). Actual speeds may vary. 4G currently available in select areas /devices; check www.sprint.com/4G for Sprint 4G coverage/device information.

Available through Direct Ship starting on 12/13/09
Pricing: $99.99 Sprint 4G Desktop Modem after $150 instant rebate and a two-year subscriber agreement
$49.99/month Sprint 4G Desktop Modem Plan and a two-year subscriber agreement