HTC develops world's first GSM/Wimax handset

14 Nov 2008

HTC, in conjunction with Russian Wimax provider Yota, has developed the world's first integrated GSM/Wimax handset.

Developed exclusively for the Russian market, the HTC MAX 4G will launch on November 26.

The handset will support SIM cards from any Russian GSM operator. If both callers are Yota subscribers, the call will automatically be routed as a VoIP call over Yota Wimax network. The handset will also support video-calling via a VGA camera on the front of the device.

The handset will also support Yota's VOD service, as well as Yota TV, which will broadcast with 23 channels by the end of 2008.

"The introduction of the HTC MAX 4G represents the culmination of a close partnership between HTC and Yota to develop the world's first integrated mobile GSM/Wimax handset," said Peter Chou, CEO and President, HTC Corporation.

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