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Verizon Wireless told us last week that its EVDO Rev A network is already live in a few markets — today the company announced it has started selling its first Rev A-ready card (yep, that one that Engadget had the details on). It’s the Sierra Wireless AirCard 595 PC card and Sierra Wireless says it offers 3.1 Mbps on the downlink and 1.8 Mbps on the uplink over an EVDO Rev A wireless network. Nice.
It’s for sale online now for $99.99 (but only after a $50 rebate with a new two year customer agreement) or through stores in January. The card works with regular (read older) EVDO, and Verizon Wireless says an over-the-air download will crank the card up to Rev A speeds once the Rev A network is turned live in your city.
Sprint also offers the card for its EVDO Rev A network users (check out this review), and Sierra Wireless says the card supports Vista, XP, 2000, and will add Mac OS X “at the end of Q4.”
A lot of readers have been wondering about Rev A hardware compatibility with the vanilla EVDO networks. Unless Verizon Wireless specifies compatibility, like in this card’s case, your old equipment is likely out of luck.