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TELUS, Sierra Wireless bring EV-DO Rev A to Canada

Canadian cell phone service provider TELUS has announced the forthcoming availability of the Sierra Wireless AirCard 595. The wireless mobile broadband card works in Mac OS X and Windows-compatible laptops and will be priced starting at $99, depending on the service plan.

The AirCard 595 supports EV-DO Rev A, a high-speed cellular data transfer technology, and works at typical upload speeds up to 300 to 400 Kb per second and typical download speeds of about 450 to 800 Kb per second. Higher speeds are possible depending on location. TELUS plans to support EV-DO Rev A in selected markets across Canada later this year.

The AirCard 595 is a Type II PC Card that’s compatible with PCMCIA slots found on PowerBook G4 systems and other laptops. It presently works on Telus EV-DO Rev 0 service, which covers more than 50 percent of Canadians in 36 regions across the country. TELUS clients also work in the United States.

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