Verizon, Novatel offer EV-DO Rev. A USB modem

Verizon Wireless and Novatel Wireless on Thursday announced the launch of the USB720, a CDMA 1x Evolution-Data Optimized (EV-DO) Revision A (REv. A) USB wireless modem. To be sold through Verizon Wireless and its retail locations, the USB modem works with Mac OS X and Windows, and costs starting at $149.99.

The USB720 plugs into an available USB 2.0 port and provides the ability to connect to Verizon Wireless’ “BroadbandAccess” wireless data network at average download speeds of 450-800 Kbits per second, and average upload speeds of 300-400 Kbits per second. Verizon Wireless said that means a user might be able to download a 1MB e-mail attachment in a little less than 15 seconds.

The USB720 measures 3.52 x 1.49 x 0.69 inches and weighs 1.6 ounces. It’s also downwwardly compatible with Verizon Wireless’ “NationalAccess” data network, which uses slower CDMA 1xRTT technology instead. The modem uses a dual-band integrated flip antenna. Verizon Wireless includes the Enterprise edition of VZAccess Manager software.

The modem costs $149.99 with a two-year service agreement and $199.99 with a one-year service agreement. There’s also an additional charge to use the Verizon Wireless network — $59.99 per month if you have a qualifying voice plan, $79.99 per month if you don’t.

Look for the USB720 to be available at Verizon Wireless retailers starting on Feb. 20, 2007.

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