Images of Virgin Mobile broadband USB modem found on Best Buy servers

By on June 9, 2009 at 3:28 PM.

Images of Virgin Mobile broadband USB modem found on Best Buy servers

Patience Virgin Mobile subscribers, patience. Last month we scooped an upcoming mobile broadband offering from Virgin Mobile that is slowly but surely making its way to Best Buy Mobile. Shortly thereafter, we scared up some possible details as far as pricing and data cost are concerned. Well folks, it looks like we might be getting closer to launch time as one of our readers tossed on his mining hat and managed to dig up some dirt. Found camping out on a Best Buy image server, two images of an upcoming Virgin Mobile USB modem sit ready and waiting. We’ve verified their presence on Best Buy’s servers and the item numbers match so you’re indeed looking at what will be VM’s first mobile broadband accessory here in the US. To refresh your memory, Virgin Mobile will supposedly offer both prepaid and postpaid mobile broadband packages and the modem will run $150. Hit the jump for one more shot.

Thanks, Andrew!

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A3700 EV-DO / HSPA / GSM hybrib modem for Verizon passes through FCC

By on March 7, 2009 at 4:34 PM.

A3700 EV-DO / HSPA / GSM hybrib modem for Verizon passes through FCC

Are you a frequent flier in need of high-speed laptop connectivity around the world? Is AT&T’s troubled 3G network causing you too much pain here in the US? Do you love hearing distant screams of agony from the accounting department each time you submit an expense report with international roaming charges? Say hello to your new best friend — the ZTE A3700, coming soon to a Verizon Wireless retailer near you. Having just made its way through the FCC approval process, the A3700 makes up for its bulk by sporting nearly every kind of connectivity you might need in your travels. EV-DO, GPRS, EDGE and HSPA, all packed into the ugliest yet most versatile USB modem you’ve ever set eyes on. It’s a bit too early for pricing details but you’re just going to expense it anyway so it doesn’t really matter. As for a formal announcement, perhaps we’ll see this little guy debut at CTIA early next month.

[Via Engadget Mobile]

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Launch details for T-Mobile’s first USB modem emerge

By on February 22, 2009 at 11:39 AM.

Launch details for T-Mobile’s first USB modem emerge

While several other North American carriers are tossing around tales of LTE development and blazing 4G speeds, T-Mobile looks to be preparing its first entry into the realm of 3G USB modems. No matter though, T-Mobile’s 3G network is so young we’d probably fall off our seats if the company started talking about 4G beyond the stock “yeah, we’re working on it” it already handed out last year. According to a purported screen shot of T-Mobile’s internal system, the webConnect USB Laptop Stick will finally see the light of day on March 25th. It will be rated perfectly in line with AT&T and Verizon, running $59.99 per month for 3G, EDGE and HotSpot connectivity with a cellular data cap set at 5 GB. T-Mobile’s software will automatically choose the best available network on the fly which is nice, but if you move around a lot expect to be using one of the latter in most areas. The last caveat is that these modems will only be available to customers already holding a T-Mobile account. We would hardly consider that a big deal of course — if you’re using another carrier for cell service are you really going to opt for a younger, much smaller data network when choosing a USB stick? We love us some T-Mobile, but it still has a long way to go before its 3G network can compete.

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New AT&T Mercury USB Laptop Connect Modem Available Tomorrow

By on August 28, 2008 at 5:38 PM.

New AT&T Mercury USB Laptop Connect Modem Available Tomorrow

Starting tomorrow, AT&T customers will have add new flavor of Laptop Connect modem to its selection. Sporting the moniker Mercury, you may already know this little puppy as the Sierra Wireless Compass 885. The Mercury will become available through all channels tomorrow and sports 3G / 2.5G / 2G compatibility. Here are some highlights from AT&T’s spiel:

  • Performance and Coverage
    • Work seamlessly across AT&T’s 3G Broadband Connect and EDGE networks.
    • Tri-band HSPA.
    • There is no need for an installation CD.  The Mercury comes preloaded with ACM 6.8.104 that automatically installs when first inserted into the customer’s laptop.
  • Typical uplink speeds: 500 – 1.2 Mbps
  • EDGE Class 12
  • Plug-and-play USB device provides multiple solutions in a compact form factor
    • Note: For enterprise customers, you can disable the ACM auto install. For assistance, please contact your Sierra Wireless Field Sales representative.
  • Integrated antenna with multi color LED indicator lights for a sleek form factor
  • microSD card slot compatible up to 32 GB for convenient file storage and transfer
  • Global Compatibility: The only single Laptop Connect card, single rate plan, global 3G solution offered today
    • Work internationally in 150 countries including 60 with 3G
      • UMTS/HSPA (850/1900/2100 MHz)
      • GPRS/EDGE (850/900/1800/1900 MHz)

      Not bad at all. Global 3G and EDGE support, automatic installation with no need for a CD, integrated microSD slot with high capacity support; can’t really go wrong. As for pricing, it breaks down like this:

      • Two-year Best Price (with data plan of $60 or higher): Free
      • Two-year: $99.99
      • One-year Best Price:  $74.99
      • One-year: $174.99
      • No Commit: $249.99
      • Nat’l Contract Ref Price:  $279.99

Thanks, Kall!

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