This module is EVDO Rel0 only but interestingly enough it does support both 800 and 1900MHz, this means that the module will work not only on both the Sprint and Verizon CDMA networks but also the Telecom New Zealand CDMA network. Obviously I don't expect to see the Kindle hit the NZ market any time soon.
At this stage it appears that Sprint is the 'chosen' network partner but Amazon is obviously hedging their bets by not restricting themselves only to Sprint's 1900MHz network.
The design decision does slightly restrict the markets where Amazon can sell Kindle as the DTEV-DUAL does not share a common interface design that would allow a simple swap out with a UMTS/HSDPA module. AnyData themselves do not make a UMTS/HSDPA module that is pin-for-pin compatible with DTEV-DUAL. Personally I can not understand why Amazon did not opt for a more standard PCI Express Mini Card interface which would have certainly allowed more flexibility in module/network choice.
Then again maybe this design decision is part of the grand plan to try out the market in the US first and if it flies release Kindle v2.0 to support a broader market. There you go I have said it, if Kindle v1.0 is successful keep an eye out for Kindle v2.0.
My company is the New Zealand distributor for AnyData and we have sold thousands of Anydata based modems and modules which are used on solutions as diverse as seismic monitoring to locomotive GPS tracking. We never sought approval for the DTEV-DUAL but have instead jumped ahead to a RevA module which will be released early next year.
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