EVDO Rev A: Live in the USA

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It was about a month and a half ago that Verizon Wireless made its EVDO Rev A network official, announcing the first markets and a Rev A USB card. Now the company says it will offer a Rev A ExpressCard, the V740 by Novatel Wireless for $179.99 with a new 2-year customer agreement or $229.99 with a new one-year customer agreement.

macspeedtest.gifSo both Verizon Wireless and Sprint are rolling along with Rev A. The speeds listed on the left are from a live test that Om did on Sprint’s Rev A network in San Francisco. How do the rollouts stack up? Here’s the latest info:


Sprint Nextel: According to Sprint’s most recent figures their Rev A network covers “125 million people.” They are aiming to cover the entire EVDO network (which they say reaches 209 million people in the U.S.) with Rev A by the end of the year. Sprint offers five Rev A computer cards.

Verizon Wireless: As of March 1, Verizon says its Rev A network covers 135 million people. According to Telephony Online the Rev A rollout is already moving beyond that, and will cover the company’s 200 million plus EVDO footprint before the end of the year. There are two cards, the V740 Express Card and the USB720 that currently work on EVDO Rev A network.

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Michael

Verizon actually has 4 Rev A Cards not two, you didn’t mention:

  • Sierra AirCard 595 PCMCIA Rev A
  • PC5750 PCMCIA Rev A

Why is Verizon going with MediaFLO? Hopefully, it is to release 3G bandwidth from streaming – which can slow down the whole network.

Jesse Kopelman

Jacomo, these are the same guys who claimed they had deployed 3G when all they had was 1xRTT at real-world speeds of 20 kbps up by 70 kbps down! If anything, they’ve become more honest over the years, as it is certainly not impossible that you can get over 1 Mbps down and 1 is part of 1 – 4. Anyway, if they didn’t move to MediaFLO there would be a lot of awkwardness during the weekly golf game with the Qualcomm reps — just ask the guys at Sprint.

Jacomo

Why are some analysts and the carriers marketing type claiming 1-4Mbps download on these networks?
Also, why is Verizon Wireless moving its Video/TV feeds off their CDMA network and offering the MediaFlo Broadcast TV network

Om Malik

Marcus

there are some linux hacks out there. check on the ubuntu forums and search for evdo drives.

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