Nokia showing the N810 WiMax Edition. (AP/Nokia, File)
Just as Clearwire Corp. has fired up
its long-awaited WiMax wireless data network in two cities, Nokia Corp.
has stopped selling the only portable gadget that can use the network
spokeswoman Laurie Armstrong confirmed Wednesday that the company has
discontinued the N810 Internet Tablet WiMax Edition on its Web site.
did not say why the tablet was withdrawn. But she said Nokia is still
interested in WiMax, and by the time WiMax networks are more widely
deployed, "refreshed products with even better performance will be
Nokia's portable computer, which has a
4.1-inch touch-sensitive screen and a slide-out keyboard, is still for
sale for $438 in a version without a WiMax modem.
sometimes described as a long-range version of Wi-Fi, is a competitor
to traditional cellular broadband technologies. It offers relatively
fast data speeds, and its proponents hope that WiMax antennas will be
built into a variety of gadgets, from small computers to GPS devices.
computer manufacturers have announced their intention to make their
laptops WiMax-capable, but for now the only way to use Clearwire's
"Clear" network is with plug-in modems.
"We have a robust
pipeline of devices slated throughout 2009 and will be providing more
details in the coming weeks," said Susan Johnston, spokeswoman for
The network is live in Baltimore and Portland, Ore.
Clearwire was formed last year by the union of a smaller company of the same name with Sprint Nextel Corp.'s WiMax division.