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Sierra Wireless Compass 597 USB EVDO modem gets unboxed

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Friday, 18 April 2008

Unboxing the Sierra Wireless Compass 597 USB modem for Sprint EVDO MobileBroadband

The Sierra Wireless Compass 597 USB EVDO modem is expected to ship on Monday, April 21, 2008, but we received our first Compass 597U USB EVDO modem yesterday and have a few photos of the 'unboxing' to share with you!

[ALERT] -Compass 597 USB Modem experiencing Activation Issues

Here is what the actual Sprint packaging looks like:

 

Inside the box, you'll find the Compass 597 by itself on the top layer:

...and below the Compass 597 are a cool FlexUSB cable along with a softcase and the user's manual:

 

Here are all the pieces, removed from the box for you to see:


The FlexUSB cable is a first.. its not like other USB cables that have shipped with similar products. The one that comes with the Compass 597 is stiff and can hold its shape, allowing you to keep the Compass up and out of the way like the 595U was able to swivel. Here's a photo of the Compass 597 on the end of the FlexUSB cable, sticking up in the air:

That FlexUSb cable also came in handy when we wanted to test the Compass 597 with the Cradlepoint PHS300 in the Cradlepoint PHS300 softcase. FYI, all three Cradlepoint routers will work with the Compass 597 when it launches on the Sprint EVDO network... this will be the first time a cellular router will provide official support for a device before it even launches!

 

Compass 597 works with Cradlepoint PHS300 in softcase
A lot of people will be wondering just how small the Compass 597 USB modem is compared to the other "small EVDO modems"... Here is a stack photo showing that the Compass truly is the smallest USB EVDO modem on the market today. From top to bottom, smallest to largest, we give you the Compass 597, the Novatel U727 and the Franklin CDU680:
Compass 597, Sprint U727, Franklin CDU680 comparison
We're Mac freaks, and just had to see if the sleek Compass 597 would work nicely with the MacBook Air... and as we've reported in our MacBook Air article, the Compass 597 works great!
Compass 597 USB with MacBook Air
Many others are also going to be wondering if the Compass has a jack to allow for external antennas... Yes it does, and we already have the proper adapter cables to allow for our complete selection of antennas!
Compass 597 antenna adapter cable
The Sierra Wireless Compass 597 USB EVDO modem is expected to ship on Monday, April 21, 2008 and Sprint will sell for $49.99 after a $50 mail-in rebate, on a 2 year contract at $59.99/mo. (See below, 3Gstore.com is selling for $19.99 after Rebates).

Sprint Sierra Compass 597 USB Modem Highlights:
  • EVDO Rev A Device
  • Smallest USB Form Factor
  • Compatible with Windows XP/Vista/Mac OS X
  • TRU-Install (built-in connection software for Mac/Win, no CD included or needed)
  • MicroSD Slot
  • External Antenna Port
  • Built-in GPS Support
  • One Touch Activation
  • 7" Flexible USB Cable
  • Compatible with CradlePoint Routers
  • NO built-in battery (this is good, since a battery can easily be drained)
  • Only compatible with Sprint SmartView , Sierra Connection Manager will no longer work.

Purchase your Compass 597 from the EVDO Experts at 3Gstore and pay only $19.99 after $50 rebate and get discounts on Cradlepoint routers, as well as antennas and amps.
More importantly, you'll get superior customer and technical support from people who actually use EVDO every day!

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Last Updated ( Monday, 21 April 2008 )
 
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