Good news for EV-DO
junkies out there looking for a USB and/or Rev A
's lineup of Rev A products are now official, and are coming to an OEM or carrier near you this fall (we're thinking Sprint would be a fairly
under the "carrier" category). The lineup includes that MCD3000 USB modem we saw hit the FCC the other day as the U720
, which is apparently "about the size of a small cell phone," the Merlin M720 PC card -- which is already out for Sprint as the S720
-- and the Expedite E720 PCI Express Mini card. The latter is for laptop manufacturers to pop into their own products, so we probably won't see a retail release, and an ExpressCard version is notably absent. The good news is that all three of these pack EV-DO Rev A for 3.1Mbps speeds, along with the traditional GPS support, Rev 0 and CDMA compatibilities. According to Novatel, they're "currently ramping shipments at major carrier or OEM customers," and like we said, those S720 cards are already out, so these really should be right around the corner.