Printed from http://www.electronista.com

Google Chrome OS update adds HSPA 3G for Cr-48 notebooks

updated 12:35 pm EST, Fri February 4, 2011

Chrome OS upgrade allows 3G use beyond Verizon

An update to Chrome OS has quietly upgraded the Cr-48 to give it support for 3G over HSPA networks. The finding has let the Qualcomm Gobi modem connect to more than Verizon's EVDO network. While Hexxeh found it wasn't enabled by default, a shell command can flip it to HSPA and get it online through AT&T or another provider.

Some risks exist in the rough technique. No guarantees exist that the cellular link will keep working. Owners also need to know the carrier's settings if it doesn't work automatically. The service will also be more expensive since it requires paid access; Verizon's special deal for the Cr-48 supplies 100MB of free 3G every month and has discounted rates for increasing the cap.

The update hints that Google may start shipping the Cr-48 to other countries. Initial shipments to the media and other industry luminaries were limited to the US as the 3G wouldn't have worked at all in other countries. Google only has a limited batch and may keep supply in the country if supply demands.

Chrome OS notebooks for the wider public aren't due until mid-2011.



By Electronista Staff
toggle

Comments

Login Here

Not a member of the MacNN forums? Register now for free.

toggle

Network Headlines

toggle

Most Popular

Sponsor

Recent Reviews

Kenu Airframe Plus

Simple, stylish and effective, the Kenu Airframe + portable car mount is the latest addition to Kenu's lineup. Released earlier this y ...

Plantronics Rig Surround 7.1 headset

Trying to capture the true soundscape of video games can be a daunting task. Looking to surround-sound home theater options, users hav ...

Adesso Compagno X Bluetooth keyboard

The shift from typing on physical keyboards to digital versions on smartphones and tablets hasn't been an easy for many consumers. Fro ...

Sponsor

toggle

Most Commented

 
toggle

Popular News