According to various reports, this is the biggest thing to happen to the communications industry since the telephone was introduced over 150 years ago. That’s what got our attention, and the specs are what keep it. WinMax (“Worldwide Interoperability for Microwave Access”) is a radio technology that is apparently the new industry standard, merging powerful computer chips and efficient radios for stronger and more impenetrable radio communications.
To understand WiMax, imagine three familiar communications tools — wireless telephone, computer and Internet service — packed into a device the size of today’s mobile phone. This new device will link directly to the Internet and will transmit information 10 times faster than any BlackBerry or other smart phone on the market.
In other words, calls will be clear and secure, while television and video files will flow instantly. Internet applications formerly accessible only at the desktop or in an abbreviated version for mobile devices will be available with full features at the handset. WiMax systems will have twice the range of current phones, with fewer dropped calls. As a bonus, the device could provide online and stored music, video and still photography and GPS satellite location and direction services