A Triple Threat!!
by Gary Woods
I've written about USB Drives before as well as GPS and connecting your laptop to the internet anywhere. But now I've come across a product that does all three. Sprint has come up with something called the Ovation U727 ($130) from Novatel Wireless that does all three jobs.
The modem supports Sprint's EvDO Revision A network, which promises average download speeds of 600 kilobits per second to 1.4 megabits per second and average upload speeds of 350 to 500 kbps. Sprint offers two service plans: $40 for 40 MB of data usage per month without a contract, or unlimited usage for $60 per month with a two year contract.
The modem's GPS receiver launches by default Microsoft Live's maps into your browser, or you can set up Google Maps, MapQuest or Yahoo Maps as your default instead.
Okay, so you're cruising the net and you actually do have a clue where you are in the world. So what about the last of the triple threats? Storage is actually an add-on but you can definitely get there from here. If you want to carry all your important data and photos on your adorable new USB Modem/GPS device you're going to have to go out and spring for a microSD memory card. A 2GB card will set you back another $40. But after that you are the coolest person on the planet, until the next great gadget comes along, which should be before you read this.
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Gary Woods is the Computer Trainer for the Santa Barbara Association of Realtors. And he is a Broker/Associate at Home Realty & Investments, Inc