updated 12:15 pm EDT, Thu September 27, 2007
Verizon USB727 modem
Verizon Wireless has adopted the USB727, a wireless modem built by Novatel. The device plugs into the USB ports of both Macs and PCs, and provides EVDO Rev. A broadband, allowing download speeds up to 1.4Mbps, with an average of 600Kbps. Uploads are said to average between 500 and 800Kbps. The modem's other main feature is a microSD slot, which allows it to behave as a conventional flash drive, holding up to 4GB depending on the size of the inserted card.
The 727 is designed to be pocket-sized, and connects using flip-up antennae rather than internalized ones. The modem requires Mac OS X 10.3.9, or Windows XP, 2000 or Vista; it should ship to retail stores on October 5th, costing $200 with a two-year contract. Ordering online, however, will cut the price to $150 with a contract.