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Time for an EVDO sidegrade

Tuesday, July 22, 2008 by Dave Winer.

One of the benefits of writing this blog is that when it's time to make a technology decision, I get advice from the best informed most opinionated and smartest people in the business -- you! Permalink to this paragraph

Anyway, last year I got a Sprint EVDO card for my MacBook laptop. It was probably the wrong decision, I figured the card version would be faster, but then I wanted to use it with my new Asus EEE PC that of course just has USB. Permalink to this paragraph

So the question is this... Permalink to this paragraph

What should I get to replace the card? Permalink to this paragraph

I want something that works with both Mac and Windows. USB-based. Reasonable price and performance, for the occasions that I'm out of range of wifi but want to connect to the net. Permalink to this paragraph

Here are the products the 3GStore is recommending. Permalink to this paragraph

1. Sierra Compass 597 USB ModemPermalink to this paragraph

2. Sprint Novatel U720 Rev A USB Refurbished UpgradePermalink to this paragraph

3. Cradlepoint CTR500 Cellular Travel RouterPermalink to this paragraph

I think they all look pretty interesting esp #3. Permalink to this paragraph


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