updated 02:10 pm EDT, Tue June 23, 2009
New 3G EC modem ships
nova media has launched the GlobeTrotter Express 441 ExpressCard modem, providing Macintosh notebook users worldwide access to 3G connections. The modem supports HSPA connections in the 850-, 900-, 1900- and 2100-MHz bands providing maximum 7.2 Mb/sec download speeds and 5.76Mb/sec upload speeds. GPRS and Quad-Band Edge connections are supported within the afore-mentioned bands. The modem features an auto-off switch, triggered by retracting the antennae, so it can remain in the express card slot of a MacBook Pro constantly, only drawing power when the antennae is raised, and not interfering with airplane signals when retracted.
The modem has a removable SIM card and a built-in software installer for Mac and Windows platforms. Its software includes a text-message manager and details for network connections.
The GlobeTrotter Express 441 requires Mac OS X 10.4.11 or 10.5.6 or higher and also works with Windows XP and Vista. It retails for €190 (about $265).