updated 10:45 am EDT, Tue May 22, 2007
AirCard 597E for Sprint
Sprint today announced that it would pick up the Sierra Wireless AirCard 597E, a new mobile broadband adapter for the carrier's faster EVDO Revision A network. Built as an ExpressCard 34 device for the MacBook Pro and other modern notebooks, the adapter can reach the theoretical peaks of 3.1Mbps downloads and 1.8Mbps uploads without using an external antenna. It also represents an improvement over earlier 3G wireless modems through assistive GPS support: subscribers to GPS navigation through Sprint can rely on the cellular network to find their position in software that supports GPS information.
The cell service provider has declined to set a price for the AirCard 597E but expects it to reach the company's network in mid-June. Sierra officially supports the Rev A adapter with Mac OS X as well as Windows 2000, XP, and Vista.