Audiovox PC5740 EVDO PCMCIA Card

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Tuesday, 15 March 2005

This card is NO LONGER available -- to see currently available devices, check out:

If you frequently read, you would have read about this card 4 months before it became available.


March 15, 2005. UTStarcom / Audiovox is displaying a new EVDO card at CTIA. But don't rush out to replace your 5220. The 5740 is basically the same card with a new name and label. Audiovox changed the name to allow for distribution in new channels outside Verizon. It has an external antenna that doesn't fold out like the 5220. When asked about it, the Audiovox rep said folding or unfolding the 5220 antenna has no effect.

The PC5740 is now NO LONGER available. Our initial impressions, is that the card performs comparable to other cards. One HUGE negative of the Audiovox PC5740, is there does NOT appear to be an external antenna port (all other EVDO cards have one), so this means, you will not be able to plug in an external booster antenna OR signal amplifier. If you are in a weaker signal area (or what we call signal challenged), or just want speeds as fast as possible, you may run into a dead end without any options. This card is the cheapest of the bunch, so Verizon stores will be pushing this, since they make more commissions.

  • Standard 32 bit CardBus Interface
  • PC Card Type II
  • 3.3 volts
  • 1.6 oz
  • Built-in Antenna
  • Dual Color LED to indicate service availability and data transfer
  • 400-700K average, bursts to 2.4mb
  • Supports Windows 98 SE, 2000, XP
  • This card is NOT identical to the PC5220, so for PowerBooks, it will not provide signal indicator, EVDO vs. 1xRTT indicator or activating features, however, EVDOinfo has directions to get this card to work on PowerBooks (read this first)
    See Audiovox PC5740 PowerBook Hack Directions
  • Size: 4.56H x 2.08W x 0.39D inches
  • Weight: 1.6 oz

The PC5740 on the left, the Novatel V620 on the right, the PC5740 sticks up higher than the V620.


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