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Scartel, HTC launch world's first integrated GSM/WiMAX handset

What is claimed to be the world's first GSM/WiMAX handset, the HTC MAX 4G, has been launched in partnership with Russian Mobile WiMAX provider Scartel (brand-name Yota). The handset is intended to support the next evolution in mobile connectivity.
Scartel, a Russian provider of Mobile WiMAX going under the brand-name Yota, and HTC Corporation, which specialises in mobile phone innovation and design, have announced the HTC MAX 4G, which they are promoting as the world's first integrated GSM/WiMAX handset. The HTC MAX 4G is supported by a broad range of services based on Yota's Mobile WiMAX network.

"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 realise its full potential," said Denis Sverdlov, General Director of Scartel. "We really believe that these innovative services, high-speed Internet and stylish HTC MAX 4G will completely change the communications industry, just as the introduction of cellular communications did many years ago."

The Yota Mobile WiMAX network offers high-speed wireless Internet access that opens many entertainment and communication possibilities. The basic Yota Home package will provide subscribers with instant access to online games, maps, messaging and file exchange applications while on the move. In addition, the Mobile WiMAX network, with traffic prioritisation algorithms, allows online films, video and TV programmes to be viewed on the large WVGA screen.

Thanks to Mobile WiMAX, high-quality multimedia entertainment is no longer limited:

  • with Yota Video, a full Video-on-Demand (VoD) service, users can watch their favourite movies and videos from their personal Yota catalogue anytime, anywhere;

  • Yota TV is now broadcasting 14 free channels, and this will become 23 by the end of 2008. The 3.8 inch 800 x 480 screen of the HTC MAX 4G can display up to nine TV channels simultaneously, allowing quick and easy channel surfing and programme selection;

  • for music-lovers, Yota Music offers an extensive online music catalogue of more than 50,000 titles, including a wide range of music from both international and independent music labels. Users can choose to either play the tracks direct from the online catalogue, or download them to the HTC MAX 4G's 8GB of onboard flash memory;

  • the Yota Phone service also supports more business applications, allowing users to switch between English and Russian contact records while providing functionality such as call holding, conference calling and video calling using the VGA camera on the front of the device; and a separate catalogue of electronic books is available, so users can download, read and enjoy a broad range of books while on the move.

As well as the 3.8", 800 x 480 WVGA touch screen display, the HTC MAX 4G also integrates a 3.5 mm headphone jack to create the best possible experience for enjoying movies, music and photos on the go. Running Windows Mobile 6.1, the HTC MAX 4G incorporates HTC's proprietary Touch FLO 3D user interface, allowing navigation to key applications such as dialling calls, listening to music and taking pictures.

* Scartel LLC was founded in 2007 to provide 4G services. The first mobile WiMAX networks (standard IEEE 802.16e-2005) were developed in Moscow and Saint Petersburg within the range of 2.5-2.7 GHz. Scartel is owned by WIMAX Holding Ltd, which also includes such companies as Scartel Star Lab - Mobile Service Research and Development Centre and the media content aggregator More. Head office is in Saint Petersburg; Scartel employs 420 people.

** Founded in 1997, HTC designs, manufactures and markets smartphone and PDA phone devices. It has developed strong R&D capabilities, pioneered many new designs and product innovations and launched PDA phones and smartphones for mobile operators and distributors in Europe, the US, and Asia. HTC is listed on the Taiwan Stock Exchange. 

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