EV-DO Rev. A card released
In the wake of Sprint Nextel's accelerated migration to EV-DO Rev. A, the carrier is commercially launching the Novatel Wireless S720 Sprint Mobile Broadband Card to its customer base.
Sprint has made a commitment to begin upgrading its EV-DO Sprint Power Vision network to Rev. A later this year. The carrier wants to have its upgraded network reach more than 40 million people by the close of 2006.
Since the Rev. A network has not yet launched, the card is backward compatible with Sprint's EV-DO Release 0 network.
Sprint is offering the Merlin S720 as low as $99.99, with a signed 2-year customer agreement. The card carries a suggested retail price of $249.99.
The companies are touting the Merlin S720 launch as the first Rev. A mobile data card to be available on the commercial market.
Yesterday, Sierra Wireless announced its support for Rev. A networks as well. The company introduced the AirCard 597E wireless wide area network (WAN) card, which is expected to be commercially available in the first quarter of next year. Sierra Wireless expects to launch a data card that supports high-speed downlink packet access (HSDPA) networks in the near future.