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Verizon announces USB760 Micro Modem

updated 10:05 pm EST, Sun November 16, 2008

USB760 Micro Modem

Verizon has announced the availability of the Novatel-made USB760 Micro Modem for its wireless broadband network. The device is relatively small, measuring 2.24 inches by one inch, and weighs less than an ounce. The carrier claims real-world download speeds of 600Kbps to 1400Kbps and upload performance of 500Kbps to 800Kbps. The integrated dual-band antenna is internal, although a connector is provided to attach an optional external antenna. A microSD slot allows the modem to be used as impromptu storage.

Verizon includes its VZAccess Manager software for connection management and text messaging. The package also comes with NovaSpeed software, claimed to optimize performance for increased transfer speeds while simultaneously uploading and downloading data.

The USB760 Micro Modem works with EVDO Rev. A, Rev. 0, and 1XRTT standards, and is now available through Verizon's business channels. Customers will be able to purchase the device at Verizon stores beginning December 1st for $100 after a $50 mail-in rebate and signing a two year contract. The company offers a $40 monthly plan that allows 50MB data usage, or 5GB for $60 per month.



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  1. que_ball

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    Comparison to Compas 597

    This modem is nearly identical to the Sierra Wireless Compass 597 USB modem that is also on CDMA from Sprint.Dimensions:57x25x12 mm Novatel Wireless mc76062x30x10 mm Sierra Wireless Compass 597So the Novatel is a bit smaller, notably it's slimmer though on a new Macbook it's still too wide to allow you to use both USB ports without resorting to the included USB extension cable. Both models have a Micro SD slotBoth models have an external antenna portBoth models feature plug and play driver install (no CD)Both models run at CDMArevA speedBoth models are efficient enough to not require a battery at peak output.Apart from the very slight size advantage they are functionally identical so get the one on a provider with the best coverage and Plan for your usage.Datasheets:Novatel Wireless mc760 http://www.novatelwireless.com/images/products/DatasheetMC760.pdfSierra Wireless Compass 597 http://www.sierrawireless.com/resources/product/Compass597Datasheetweb.pdf

  1. que_ball

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    Comparison to Compas 597

    Ugg. Forum munged my spacing up.
    Datasheets:
    Novatel Wireless mc760
    Sierra Wireless Compass 597 Sierra Wireless Compass 597

  1. MacAssemble

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    Price?

    I am very upset that all of these data plans are so expensive! I am on AT&T (iPhone) and if I wanted to add a similar device from AT&T I would need to pay another $60/mo in addition to my super expensive iPhone Data plan! I here AT&T is going to offer tethering plans soon, let's hope they give us AFFORDABLE rates!

  1. testudo

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    Re: Price?

    AT&T shouldn't have to 'offer' tethering plans. As you say, you paid for your phone, you paid for your plan. You should be allowed to actually use it as you need it, not as decided by the phone provider.

    Then again, as a consumer, you should have the ability to buy an iPhone WITHOUT an data plan to begin with. So, apparently, the consumer loses again...

  1. EVDOguy

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    Looks like 3Gstore has the USB760 for $69.99 (less than Verizon's price).

    USB760 @ 3Gstore

  1. mbdude

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    very tiny!

    the pictures i've seen so far, never really show anything to compare size to.

    this new review i found, really shows how small the USB760 really is... check it out http://www.evdoinfo.com/content/view/2597/64/

  1. Guest

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    50MB plan...

    is a joke! since you can easily use 50MB in several hours. I hope no one falls for that! I found my usb760 at More Mobile Internet and got the 5Gb plan.

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