Sprint and Google in WiMax Deal

Wireless carrier Sprint and Google have announced a partnership in which Google will provide "Web search, interactive communications and social networking services on devices for the new high-speed wireless network the carrier is building," according to a report in the Wall Street Journal.

Sprint is building a national WiMax broadband network to provide consumers with wireless Internet access. Among the services Google will reportedly be providing to Sprint are general Web search, GTalk and, potentially, other services.

What's interesting here is that Sprint previously announced a far-reaching partnership with Microsoft characterized as "a strategic alliance through which the companies will develop and deliver a range of innovative new service offerings for Sprint’s business and consumer customers." That deal includes search on mobile phones but Sprint has obviously chosen another partner for search on its burgeoning WiMax network.

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Related: Coverage of the announcement from Reuters.