updated 04:40 pm EDT, Tue July 21, 2009
New 3G antenna ships
Modem Mate is launching an external antenna for USB-based 3G modems that lack an antenna connector. The device couples inductively with the internal antenna of most 3G modems. The antenna ships with an adapter that features a fastening strip for attaching/detaching the coupler to a 3G modem. The antenna then clips to the upper portion of the display for the best signal strength.
The Modem Mate external antenna amplifies both HSPA/3G and EDGE/GPRS signals, adding as much as 2 dBi to the signal's strength. The antenna is now available for €40, about $56.