Take your Wi-Fi with you

What if you could take along your strong and speedy home Wi-Fi connection wherever you go?

That’s the idea behind a new service from Sprint called Xohm, which takes Wi-Fi to its logical extreme. Fittingly, the technology behind it is called WiMax. Although it isn’t widely deployed in the United States, a test run of the service in Baltimore, where it was recently introduced, suggests that it could one day become a solid option for getting things done online and even making phone calls while on the go.

Of course, there are plenty of reasons the technology could also become a historical footnote, not the least of which is that it won’t work everywhere in a given city, much less all over the country. So-called mobile hot spot Internet services sold by cell carriers, including Sprint, have much greater range. But for those living in an area Xohm covers — the service arrives in Washington and Chicago in the coming months, with Boston, Philadelphia, Dallas and Fort Worth, Texas, and Providence to follow — the monthly outlay of $35 to $65 could be well worth it
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