Both Verizon Wireless and Sprint have announced they are introducing a new CDMA EVDO Rev A USB modem with a built-in microSD card reader.
The device (Sprint U727 and Verizon Wireless USB727 can be used to connect PCs to fast mobile broadband services and provide access to up 4 GB (gigabytes) of storage, on a single USB port.
The device is designed to work with any computing device equipped with Type A USB ports, including most desktops, notebooks, tablet PCs and PDAs, to provide instant on-the-go mobile broadband access. With out-of-box support for a variety of operating systems including Microsoft Windows (Vista, XP, 2000), Mac OS X and Linux, the Ovation U727 enables users to surf the Web, check email and access important business documents with speeds similar to those of a cable or DSL connection.
The CDMA EVDO Rev. A technology can provide average download speeds from 600 kbps to 1.4 Mbps (with peak speeds of 3.1 Mbps) and upload speeds from 350 to 500 Kbps (with peak speeds of 1.8 Mbps).
A variety of features are included, such as an integrated dual band diversity antennae system with flip-up antennae to maximize data speed performance and provide for stronger network signal reception.
Both operators offer a variety of price options including contracts and rebates.