SARASOTA, USA: xG Technology has released field trial results of a new approach to mobile telecommunications that will significantly lower the cost of offering wireless voice and data services.
Called xMax, the technology enables an Internet calling service similar to Skype, but in the form of a fully mobile handset that doesn’t require the use, and extra cost, of a computer or broadband Internet connection, which is typically required to place such low-cost calls.
The field trial results highlighted the reasons why the xMax approach can allow cheaper calling:
* xMax transmits over unlicensed spectrum—the same as baby monitors and cordless phones. Major national cellular carriers paid billions of dollars for licensed spectrum that they recoup from customers.
* xMax was built as a totally Internet-based digital system from top to bottom—an extremely cost efficient communication approach.
* xMax networks will enable communication providers to aggressively compete with national carriers by offering customers unlimited voice and data plans both locally and long distance, extremely low-cost international calling, no contracts, as well as home phone and high-speed Internet service.
Seven-year-old xG Technology is a US based company, but development of xMax is an international effort that involves companies in Europe and Asia. A portfolio of 50 US and 101 international patents and pending patent applications has been developed with the goal of bringing lower-cost communications to consumers.