Sprint will use 3Com's x2 technology, but plans to adopt any 56-kbps standard released by 3Com/U.S. Robotics and its main competitors, Rockwell and Lucent, which use K56flex modem technology. An international standard is expected to be introduced by year's end.
By March, Sprint will have 56-kbps access rolled out in up to 30 large cities, as well as a national dial-up number.
"This plays into our strategy of the three things people really care about: speed, reliability, and help," a Sprint spokesman said today.