Mysterious Edge PC Promises Mobile DSL

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CTIA is officially over, but the folks at Edgetech have left our imaginations running with a mysterious little computer/UMPC called PC Edge. Not much is known about the device (no word on OS, processor or hardware details), though we did manage to get some info from a company rep via a quick phone call.

So the little gizmo promises DSL speeds in a handheld form factor (no word on whether it'll be EV-DO or HSDPA). It'll cost $299 plus $39/month if you sign up for a one-year service contract, or $259 plus $34/month for a two-year contract. The device will also have built-in GPS. Other than that, we weren't able to get more details. We'll keep trying and update with any news.

Product Page [via Electronista]

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I just got back from CTIA, where I saw a demo of the device and got to ask questions of the semi-technical sales people. Based on my understanding it is a web appliance that connects to the net via GPRS/EDGE (2.5G). It doesn't do SSH, Telnet or anything other than web browsing. They get the DSL speed equivalent by running all the traffic through a proxy that does some kind of data compression.