There is other cell company news going today, you know? Verizon has announced, to the joy of many mobile professionals out there, that they have upgraded their entire network to EV-DO Rev A. Verizon EV-DO users, with Rev A compatible equipment, can now expect average download speeds of 600 kbps – 1.4 Mbps and upload speeds in the range of 500 – 800 kbps.
Here is some information on compatible devices that can take advantage of EV-DO Rev A.
Devices that take advantage of the faster speeds provided by the EV-DO Rev. A network enhancements include the USB720 wireless modem, V740 ExpressCard, AirCard 595 and PC5750 PC Cards from Verizon Wireless, which are fully compatible with the company’s enhanced and existing wireless broadband networks and the company’s NationalAccess network (based on CDMA 1xRTT technology).
Unfortunately, it appears that the integrated Verizon card in my OQO Model 2 is not Rev A compliant, as I’m getting about 500 kbps on the download side.
UPDATE: I am still trying to find out if the Novatel Expedite cards are Rev A compliant, but my speeds are peaking at about 1 mbps now – good sign!
UPDATE 2: I have heard from Novatel, and the integrated card in the Model 02 is an EV620 Rev 0. The EV720 is Rev A compliant, but is not currently offered for the Model 02.