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Saturday, 10 March 2007

Sprint EVDO Required Firmware 4/30/2007

Sprint will soon be notifying you via postcard that you MUST upgrade your mobile broadband card by 4/30/2007 or you may have problems connecting. This issue only affects some of the EVDO Rev A Mobile Broadband cards, which are:


 AC595Sprint Novatel Ovation U720 USB EVDO Rev A (No Contract)S720


This connection issue only affects 12 markets, which include: Chicago, Charlette, Knoxville, Hawaii and others. These markets are using Motorola base stations at the towers and there is a required upgrade that requires new firmware in your connection card. A new setting called MFPA is in the new firmware and required for operation after that day (only in the affected markets).

Perhaps this is related to the problem that first showed up in Chicago on October 23, 2006 (S720 Connection Manager 3.7.5 - ISSUE After Firmware Upgrade). Sprint quickly fixed that problem (good job Sprint).

We need to get the word out on this required firmware upgrade.

Just imagine how many Sprint Mobile Broadband customers traveling through Chicago O'hare on 5/1/2007, and their Sprint Mobile Broadband cards are not working, yet when they finally get home, they will work fine. Or someone going on vacation to Hawaii and their only connection is their Sprint card.

Sprint initally planned to do this upgrade on 2/28/2007, but they recently pushed it back to 4/30/2007.

This notice is especially important to Mac or Router only Sprint customers. These users have no Sprint Connection Manager and no way to do a firmware upgrade to their Sprint Card. Please note, if you purchase your Sprint Card , just select the option called "Pre-Activate for Mac/Router Use", and we will upgrade the firmware (and activate and download the latest PRL) of your card BEFORE we ship it to you.


*** Note ***

If you purchased your Sprint Mobile Broadband card from (formerly after 2/1/2007, and selected the Pre-activate option, your card already has the latest firmware and this notice doesn't affect you.

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