Sprint Expands Mobile Broadband Portfolio with Novatel Wireless 2-in-1 USB Modem
OVERLAND PARK, Kan. & SAN DIEGO – Sep. 27, 2007 – Sprint (NYSE:S) and Novatel Wireless, Inc. a leading provider of wireless broadband solutions, today announced the commercial availability of the Ovation U727 USB Modem. Carrying the distinction of being the world’s smallest EV-DO Rev. A modem stick, the Ovation U727 features an integrated microSD slot, allowing for the seamless storage and transport of up to 4GB of files, photos or videos.
The Ovation U727 is designed to work with any computing device equipped with Type A USB ports, including most desktops, notebooks, tablet PCs and PDAs, to provide instant on-the-go mobile broadband access. With out-of-box support for a variety of operating systems including Windows® (Vista, XP, 2000), Mac OS® X and Linux, the Ovation U727 enables users to surf the Web, check email and access important business documents with speeds similar to those of a cable or DSL connection.
“Mobile professionals and consumers alike want to make the most out of whatever equipment they carry and Sprint customers get maximum value from the Ovation U727 which delivers both high-speed access via the Sprint Mobile Broadband Network and the ability to store and access documents and other critical information,” said Danny Bowman, vice president of customer equipment for Sprint. “A smaller form factor, GPS locate-and-find capabilities and newly available support for the Linux platform truly help make this a next-generation connectivity device for our customers.”
Optimized for the Sprint Mobile Broadband Network, the Ovation U727 supports EVDO Rev. A technology where available providing average download speeds from 600 kbps to 1.4 Mbps (with peak speeds of 3.1 Mbps) and upload speeds from 350 to 500 Kbps (with peak speeds of 1.8 Mbps), offering users unprecedented performance and notably faster speeds than legacy mobile data modems. The Ovation U727 is also backwards compatible for EVDO Rev. 0 and 1XRTT technology in areas where EVDO Rev. A coverage is not yet available.
“Novatel Wireless and Sprint have worked closely to develop mobile broadband solutions that meet customers can now take full advantage of the next-generation speed and functionality of the Sprint Mobile Broadband Network.”
Featuring an extremely durable design and remarkably small form factor, the U727 combines a variety of innovative features, including an integrated dual band diversity antennae system with flip-up antennae to maximize data speed performance and provide for stronger network signal reception. Sprint Mobile Broadband Lite Manager Software is included to simplify set-up and navigation through the vast feature set of the Ovation U727, eliminating the need to install drivers from a CD when using the Windows platform.
Beginning this month the U727 will initially be sold through Sprint indirect and business sales channels and online at www.sprint.com for a suggested retail price of $279.99 and as low as $79.99 with a two-year subscriber agreement and mail-in-rebate. Sprint retail stores will begin offering the device later this year. Service plans for the card currently range from $39.99 per month for 40 MB to $79.99 per month for unlimited data usage. Customers signing a two-year subscriber agreement will be eligible to receive unlimited data usage for $59.99 per month (no separate voice plan required).