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Review: Sierra Wireless Compass 597 USB modem

At a Glance
  • Sprint Sierra Wireless Compass 597 USB modem

    Macworld Rating

At a Glance
  • Macworld Rating

    MSRP: $50 (with one- or two-year contract) when purchased online; $100 (with one- or two-year contract) when purchased in store; plus service fee ranging from $40 to $80 per month

    Pros

    • Built-in installation software
    • SmartView control panel
    • MicroSD card slot
    • High bandwidth
    • No pop-up antenna needed
    • External antenna jack
    • Built-in GPS

    Cons

    • Problems with mounting the installation software's disk image
    • Two-year contract requirement for lowest-cost subscription
    • MicroSD card failed to mount

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