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Nova Media's GlobaSurfer ICON: HSDPA, 3G UMTS, EDGE, GPRS for Macs


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Prepare to get your mobile data on Macin-types. With Option's guts apparently, Nova Media from Germany just unveiled their GlobeSurfer ICON which promises support for HSDPA, 3G UMTS, EDGE and GPRS data connections from "virtually anywhere in the world." The quad-band data modem works with a standard "easy-loading" SIM, features a connector for external antenna, and plugs into the USB port of your Intel or PPC-based Mac for up to 1.8Mbps HSDPA downloads (384kbps up) or 220Kbps EDGE downloads (80Kbps up). It ships with launch2net software already configured for access to more than 300 networks. Oh, one small caveat, the card only works on 2100MHz UMTS nets in Europe and most Asian countries so you can forget about pulling high-speed data rates when used in the US. For now, anyway. Available pronto for €339 plus VAT and shipping.

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