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The CDU-550 USB EV-DO modem from Franklin Wireless garnered some attention soon after its release. A wireless broadband modem is a fantastic accessory for a notebook or UMPC that isn’t equipped with a PC card slot, so the CDU-550 fits a growing need. I noticed a […]

Cdu550The CDU-550 USB EV-DO modem from Franklin Wireless garnered some attention soon after its release. A wireless broadband modem is a fantastic accessory for a notebook or UMPC that isn’t equipped with a PC card slot, so the CDU-550 fits a growing need. I noticed a press release that was posted on EVDO Forums the other day and this caught my eye:

"Franklin Wireless (PINKSHEETS: FKLT), the San Diego-based developer and marketer of wireless broadband communication devices and applications, today announced its CDU-550 Mobile Broadband USB modem can now support both Windows Mobile, the most prevalent OS running on most PDAs and Ultra-Mobile PCs, and Linux operating systems."

Now there aren’t many Windows Mobile devices that have USB host capabilities, so I’m thinking this is a typo. Additionally, I don’t see the PR on Franklin Wireless’s site although I just noticed that this product is supported on Linux and Mac. Still, I have to wonder: how many folks have Pocket PCs and would like to add 3G wireless modem capabilities? Is everyone satisfied with WiFi on their non-phone devices or is there a market for adding high-speed connectivity to your existing Windows Mobile device?

UPDATE: According to Windows for Devices, this might not be a typo after all: "According to Nick Lim, senior VP of technology and business development at Franklin Wireless, the company is currently testing the CDU-550 with a wide range of Windows Mobile handhelds, and will eventually publish a list of supported devices. In order to be able to use the CDU-550, the mobile device must have a "USB Host" interface, similar to that provided by virtually all modern PCs and laptops. "  Looks like I’ll be digging out my old Toshiba e805, which does have USB Host support!

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  1. I wonder where I can buy one.

  2. Alslayer, I got mine from evdoinfo.com (they also run evdoforums.com). It’s a very nice, conscientious company specializing in virtually every EVDO device under the sun. I’ve had the Franklin modem since late August, using it with my Fujitsu P1510D, and have nothing but praise for it. Good luck!

  3. You can buy the Franklin USB Modem from http://www.booster-antenna.com

    Get more EVDO INFO from http://www.evdoinfo.com and participate on the best EVDO FORUMS at http://www.evdoforums.com

  4. Mark Sumimoto (Sumocat) Friday, October 20, 2006

    Hey! That’s the one I saw at the Green Festival in DC last weekend. I managed to get a photo of it as we shuffled through. Blurry, but if anyone wants to see a shot of it in the wild, it’s up on my blog.
    http://sumocat.blogspot.com/2006/10/mobile-at-green-festival.html

    On a related note, I have also posted the shot of me showing off my favorite green thing to do, which was taken for the Co-op America website. You’ll recognize the mobile tech connection once you see it. I’m hoping it will spur some greenies to take a look at mobile computing, but it wouldn’t hurt us mobile tech folks to be more green either.
    http://sumocat.blogspot.com/2006/10/my-favorite-green-thing-to-do.html

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