updated 11:20 am EST, Tue February 20, 2007
AnyDATA HSDPA modem
A new wireless USB modem from AnyDATA is claimed to be the "smallest and fastest" in the world. The ADU-610 taps into UMTS and HSDPA phone networks, delivering 3G download speeds as high as 7.2Mbps, which is often faster than local cable service. Where networks are mired at 2.5G, speeds scale back to a more conventional 384Kbps. The size of the modem meanwhile is small enough to fit on a keychain, coming in at 3.7 inches long and 0.4 inches thick. Other advantages to the 610 include support for 900 and 1,800MHz GSM networks, and an internal antenna and battery. The product is currently being sold in Korea through a national phone carrier, but should eventually ship overseas.