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Sprint Adds Location-based Apps to WiMax in Baltimore

Imagine walking down a Baltimore street and by using your WiMax-enabled Sprint phone, you are told a mile down on the left, you can get find your favorite Five Guys burger. But you may need to go down a different street to get there because roads are blocked by police because of an accident, according to your phone. While you are in the area, stick around for a couple hours because at 7 p.m. Kanye West will be playing at an outdoor concert by the harbor.

That's the experience Sprint promises as it added today more location-based partners such as Yelp, a local business review site; Eventful, a local events guide done by map views; and Topix, a local news site. With the promise of faster access on WiMax, which the company compares to WiFi without the distance limitations of hotspots, the mobile experience around the corner is being described by carriers as one where your phone will know, based on where you are, how to direct you to any food, information, real estate and entertainment resources you may want nearby.

Soon those promises can be tested as Sprint launches its faster-than-ever WiMax service that currently is projected to cover about 70 of metropolitan Baltimore.

By Cecilia Kang  |  August 28, 2008; 2:37 PM ET  | Category:  Cecilia Kang
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The iPhone can already do GPS... regardless of whether it is EDGE/3G/Wi-Fi, or true GPS.

Is this a "new" feature to Sprint?

Posted by: Susan | August 28, 2008 5:26 PM

"Imagine walking down a Baltimore street and by using your WiMax-enabled Sprint phone, you are told a mile down on the left, you can GET FIND your favorite Five Guys burger."

The art of editing must surely have gone the way of Atlantis and dinosaurs. While comments are usually reserved for the content of a story, I feel compelled to say that credibility decreases significantly for this reader when a story (either print or electronic) has not been edited for gross errors such as that above. Shame on major news outlets for ignoring this.

The difference between the Sprint offering and other recent releases (e.g. iPhone) is that Sprint will undoubtedly decide what software and services you use to access this information, whereas the iPhone lets you decide amongst many options. When will carriers realize that users want phones that don't have the carriers' fingers in every aspect? The carriers should stick with what they're best at - moving information - and stay out of the organization and presentation of the same.

Posted by: NCW | August 28, 2008 5:48 PM

The Iphone can't give audible directions but can circle an area for you to drive/walk to. You 2 posters above are retards.

Posted by: will | August 28, 2008 6:26 PM

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