This is a very interesting development since it puts Sprint in the very much consumer broadband business via their wireless network. Sprint’s EVDO average broadband speed is between 400-700 Kbps with bursts up to 2.0 Mbps. This isn’t blazingly fast but if you’ve ever used the service it’s more than adequate for basic browsing and downloads. It’s not clear whether this service will work with the wireless broadband cards from Cingular and Verizon Wireless.
There is a growing trend of users giving up their home phones in lieu of their cell phones. This product could be the first step for a similar movement in broadband access. This is the perfect solution if you live alone or simply don’t want pay for multiple broadband connections for both your home and mobile. Just pop the card out of the router, plug it into your laptop when you’re on the road, and just like that you have instant broadband access. This technology is only going to improve and offer faster speeds over time. I predict the trend will really start to grow and devices like these will only accelerate this trend.
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