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Verizon intros USB-based EVDO Rev A card

updated 11:35 am EDT, Thu August 16, 2007

AirCard 595U at Verizon

Verizon today rolled out Sierra's AirCard 595U adapter, providing computers without a free ExpressCard or PC Card slot the opportunity to use the carrier's faster EVDO Revision A network for Internet access. The external modem is said to take advantage of all the extra speed and averages between 600Kbps and 1.4Mbps in downloads -- enough to download a 1MB file in eight seconds, Verizon esimates. Upload speeds are also much closer in performance than fixed broadband and average between 500-800Kbps, which lets the 595U upload the same file in about 13 seconds.

The USB modem includes a removable battery pack to boost reception strength in borderline access areas and a docking cradle for using the modem regularly at a desk. Verizon supplies the modem with VZManager connection software for Windows 2000, XP, and Vista; Sierra Wireless itself supplies drivers for Mac OS X and other operating systems, though Verizon did not specify whether VZManager was necessary to login to its service. The provider sells the AirCard 595U for $180 with a two-year data plan agreement, which itself costs $60 per month.

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  1. Guest

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    Joined: Nov 1999


    Vz late to the game

    Sprint has had the USB595 out for quite some time. Vz is late to the game again.

  1. ZinkDifferent

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    Avoid Verizon..

    Not only is Verizon late to the game, but their 'unlimited' service is capped at 5gb in transfers, and they will cancel your service if you go over that.

    Sprint, on the other hand, is truly unlimited. I ended up picking the Sprint card (expresscard, though) and service because of that flexibility - and so far I am very satisfied. 500-700k downloads, 300-500k uploads.

  1. testudo

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    Joined: Aug 2001


    Re: avoid verizon

    Sprint, on the other hand, is truly unlimited.

    Sorry, no one has 'truly unlimited' data plans. Read the terms and conditions. They'll throttle your usage is you use it too much, impact the network, or use it too much.

  1. Torrey

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    Joined: Jan 2007



    I use the sprint service myself, and know quite a few other people who use it as well, andI've never heard of sprint terminating anyones service for using the service too much. Never heard of sprint throttling or capping speeds either for too much usage.

    $180 for a 595U??? has these on sale already for less than $70 with a contract.

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