A new study by In-Stat shows that more Americans prefer WiMax over 3G and Wi-Fi. Of the 1,200 surveyed, 50 percent affirmed they are willing to leave their current broadband provider for another if the latter can offer a wireless broadband package. In addition, many lose their interest in 3G/cellular due to the price of the service.
Vendors are taking note of this trend. At the Intel Developer Forum (IDF) in Beijing, China, the chipmaker provided details of its plans for its Centrino products. This May, it is due to ship the Santa Rosa chipset a package containing a Core 2 Duo processor, the Mobile Intel 965 Express chips, Intel Next-Gen Wireless N, Gigabit Ethernet and Turbo Memory. But this chipset will be replaced by “Penryn” and later by “Montevina” in 2008.
Phone manufacturers are also developing products supporting WiMax. Nokia, Samsung and Motorola are supplying the equipment and handsets for the mobile WiMax service that Sprint Nextel plans to roll out in the U.S. next year.