I bumped in to a guy on Saturday who said he worked for Clearwire. We got to talking about Sprint and 4G handsets. I asked him about the “private beta” 4G deployment in Los Angeles. He confirmed its existence and that it was working, but generally only available to employees of Sprint, their relatives, and other people who’d be unlikely to complain if something went wrong with the service. I asked him when it might be publicly available, because the last I’d heard it was due in August. Last time I checked August was here. He let me know that the new target date was December. Which would make a lot of sense to time it to coincide with the Christmas shopping season.