It's not like you couldn't get connected to an EV-DO
network on a Toughbook before
, but Panasonic
and Verizon Wireless are making things uber-easy on us all by certifying "the full line" of rugged lappies for connectivity with Verizon's EV-DO Rev. A. Yep, the Toughbook 30
, and Y
series of machines have now been admitted into The Network, which means that you can potentially download a presentation while surviving a hail storm at up to 1.4Mbps and send in your corrections whilst dodging tree limbs at up to 800kbps. The Verizon WWAN
treatment will require users to purchase the Sierra Wireless
embedded MC-5725 PCI Express card and VZAccess software, but the oh-so-important pricing information was casually omitted.
*Verizon is currently in the process of acquiring AOL, Engadget's parent company. However, Engadget maintains full editorial control, and Verizon will have to pry it from our cold, dead hands.