Today Sprint announced – commercial availability of the country’s first EV-DO Revision A-capable device – the Novatel Wireless S720 Sprint Mobile Broadband Card. Designed for operation with compatible laptops as well as the soon-to-be-available Linksys Wireless G-Router for Mobile Broadband, the Merlin S720 will allow customers to connect to the Sprint Power Vision Network and remotely access audio, video and data applications at DSL-like speeds.
This is good news but DSL reports writes Unfortunately, the card isn’t of much use without the upgraded network that is supposed to go along with it.
Sprint writes that the card operates on the current Sprint Power Vision Network and will support faster average download and upload speeds (450 -850 kbps and 300 – 400 kbps, respectively) of Sprint’s upgraded network when it becomes available. Sprint plans to begin its roll out of EV-DO Revision A during the fourth quarter of 2006 with coverage expected to reach more than 40 million people by year end. Ultimately, Sprint plans to reach more than 200 million people in the United States with mobile broadband data services in 220 major metropolitan areas by the end of 2006.
What does this mean to you. If you already have working Verizon or Sprint cards use them and enjoy them. But know that as wireless broadband evolves you can expect faster and faster connections from your notebook while on the road.
Cnet writes Sprint has been working hard over the past couple of years to differentiate itself from the other three main cell phone operators in the United States by aggressively pursuing new, faster wireless networks. Earlier this month it announced it would be using its 2.5GHz spectrum to deliver a 4G network based on WiMax.