updated 11:10 am EST, Sat February 17, 2007
Telus EVDO Rev A
Canadian cell provider Telus started the weekend by introducing the first Canadian instance of EVDO Revision A broadband. As with similar services introduced in recent months by Sprint and Verizon, the new Internet access method dramatically improves real-world speeds, particulary for uploading: while downloads vary in practice between 450 and 800Kbps, uploads are almost as quick at 300 to 400Kbps. The enhanced speed is ideal for pro photographers or others who might need to send larger files away from a Wi-Fi hotspot, Telus says.
Launched in tandem with the service is a Telus edition of the AirCard 595 from Sierra Wireless, which provides access to the full speeds of EVDO Rev. A through a notebook's PC Card slot and works with both Mac OS X as well as modern Windows PCs. The card is available immediately through Telus' retail shops for $100 Canadian with a three-year plan or $350 by itself and is backwards-compatible with the company's existing EVDO service, which will remain the norm until Rev. A service is available later in the year.