Russian Innovation: World’s First Integrated GSM/WiMax Handset
The HTC MAX 4G is sleek and powerful. It is exclusive to Scartel, and will not be available outside Russia. Yota offers Russian subscribers 14 free channels, on-demand online films, video and TV programs, together with online games, maps, messaging and file exchange applications. It is expected that by the end of December there will be 23 channels. There’s also a catalog of e-books and over 50,000 music tracks. HTC MAX 4G comes with 8GB of onboard storage, has a 3.8-inch WVGA touch-screen, 5-megapixel camera and runs Windows Mobile 6.1 Pro.
Denis Sverdlov, General Director of Yota’s parent company (Scartel LLC) said:
“Yota was established to provide a unique set of mobile communication services to millions of people in Russia and today we have launched the first device and services to realize its full potential. We really believe that these innovative services, high-speed Internet and the stylish HTC MAX 4G will completely change the communications industry, just as the introduction of cellular communications did many years ago.”
The HTC MAX 4G represents a new world of entertainment for Russians. The Yota Mobile WiMax network not only offers high speed wireless Internet access, but also new possibilities in communication. The basic Yota Home package will provide subscribers on the go with instant access to a wide range of services. With Yota Video, a full video on demand (VOD) service, favorite movies and videos can be viewed anytime and anywhere. Yota TV introduces a powerful mobile television experience, and Yoto Music offers an extensive online catalogue of more than 50,000 titles, including a wide range of music from both international and independent labels. As if all of this isn’t quite cool enough, a separate catalogue of electronic books is also available for download.
The HTC MAX 4G was created to take full advantage of Yota’s high-speed Mobile WiMAX network without compromising style or ease of use. It looks like they have succeeded.
Time and use will tell.