Sierra Wireless and Sprint today announced the upcoming launch of the Sierra Wireless Compass 597. Here is more info:
"About the size of a pack of gum, the Sierra Wireless Compass 597 USB modem operates on the Sprint Mobile Broadband Network to provide customers convenient high-speed access to email and online applications from their desktops or laptops, keeping them connected and productive.
Smaller and simpler to use than ever before, the Compass 597 USB modem by Sierra Wireless features automatic installation of Sprint SmartView(SM) software and one-touch activation on the Sprint Mobile Broadband Network for both Mac and PC users, making it quick and easy to get up and running. Wherever EV-DO Rev. A network coverage is available, download speeds average between 600 kilobits per second (kbps) and 1.4 megabits per second (Mbps) and upload speeds average 350 to 500 kbps. Users only need a few seconds to send a presentation to a client, download large email files or upload a photo to Facebook or Flickr pages, from anywhere within the coverage area. The Sprint Mobile Broadband Network (inclusive of data roaming) reaches more than 242 million people, 15,325 cities and 1,452 airports, with the vast majority upgraded to EV-DO Rev. A technology. This device is backwards compatible to EV-DO Rev. 0 and 1XRTT technology in areas where EV-DO Rev. A is not yet available.
In addition to email and Internet access, the Compass 597 USB modem by Sierra Wireless offers GPS support, enabling the use of location search and common navigational software tools on a notebook computer via Sprint SmartView - a capability offered by no other wireless carrier for mobile broadband connection devices. Users can find nearby restaurants, gas stations, banks and more without entering their current location, as the GPS capabilities of the Compass chart your current location automatically. Results are presented on a user's choice of several popular online mapping tools. The Compass 597 also includes a microSD expansion slot for supplemental storage or file transfers and supports memory cards up to 32 GB so users can carry high-resolution images, large presentations and other necessary documents with them wherever they go. With an integrated antenna and no moving parts, the Compass 597 by Sierra Wireless weighs less than one ounce and measures out at 1.2" x 2.4" x .4" - ideal for life on the go.
The new Compass 597 by Sierra Wireless is expected to be available in Sprint Stores, business sales channels, and online at www.sprint.com later this month for as low as $49.99 with a two-year service agreement and $50 mail-in-rebate. Service plan options include $39.99 for 40 MB a month or $59.99 for unlimited use with a two-year service contract. Customers who travel to Canada and Mexico frequently can take advantage of Sprint's North America Connection Card Plus Plan, which allows Sprint Mobile Broadband customers unlimited data usage everywhere in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico for $109 monthly charge and a one-year contract.
BASICS: ? Compatibility: Windows Vista and XP or Macintosh OS X ? Dimensions: 1.2? x 2.4? x .4? (approximately 70% smaller than the AirCard 595U) ? Weight: .7 ounces ? Chipset: Qualcomm MSM6800A-3 ? Frequency: Digital dual-band (CDMA 1900 and 800 MHz); supports EV-DO 1XRTT, Rev. 0 and Rev. A where available ? Antenna: Built-in
System Requirements: ? Memory: 64 MB ? Disc Space: 32MB ? Processor: Pentium 150 MHz or higher ? Slots: USB port
FEATURES: ? Sprint Mobile Broadband Data Speeds: Operates on the Sprint Mobile Broadband Network supporting EV-DO Rev. A data speeds where available. With this technology users can expect to experience average download speeds of 600 kbps - 1.4 Mbps, peak download speeds of 3.1 Mbps and average upload speeds of 350 - 500 kbps, peak upload speeds of 1.8 Mbps, when accessing Sprint Power Vision services and content. This device is backwards compatible to EV-DO Rev. 0 and 1XRTT technology in areas where EV-DO Rev. A is not yet available. ? GPS Enabled: Supports Sprint Location Services (locate and search leveraging the GPS-chipset in the device) for Sprint Mobile Broadband users. Users can find nearby restaurants, gas stations, banks and more without entering their current location. Results are presented on a user's choice of several popular online mapping tools via Sprint SmartView tools and services. ? Integrated microSD slot: Sprint customers now have flexible memory storage options via a microSD slot. The device can be used with a microSD memory card up to 32 GB (sold separately). ? Easy Installation: No CD required for software installation on Windows or Mac systems. ? One-Touch Activation: With just "one" more click after software installation, the device will be activated and ready to go. Note: the user must activate this device on a Sprint account before inserting. ? Security: Employs CDMA wireless technology authentication and identification system for topnotch security. The Mobile Identification Number (MIN) and Electronic Serial Number (ESN), together with CDMA spread spectrum technology, make it virtually impossible for authorized users to capture and decipher messages and other sensitive information. ? First Sprint device to be packaged with Sprint SmartViewSM software for connectivity to the Sprint Mobile Broadband Network, as well as quick links for Sprint-supported services and tools with an applications drop down for ease of access to tools like Sprint Speed Test, the Digital Lounge for Mobile Broadband and other pre-defined applications. ? Network Driver Interface Specification (NDIS): Supports ?suspend? and ?resume?. After a period of inactivity, the laptop computer will ?go to sleep,? or suspend. The Sierra Wireless Compass 597 will remain ready to reconnect when the operating system ?wakes up,? or resumes. Also supports ?always on?, ?auto-connect?, faster connection time and intelligent data traffic routing. ? Packaged with the following items: Carrying pouch, quick-start guide, and a USB cable that is flexible and retains shape to suspend the modem in an alternate position away from the laptop.