Yesterday, Sprint unveiled their first revision A. EVDO high speed cellular data card. That card came in the aging PCMCIA form factor, so we couldn't use it in our Macbook Pros. Here's a cludgy fix to that problem: EVDO and HSPDA cards that work over a USB cable. EVDO, is the broadband-like speed that Verizon and Sprint are peddling, while HSPDA is the Cingular flavor. The hardware looks nice, as you can see from the photos. The Aircards even have docks. But dangling a USB peripheral from your laptop isn't just inelegant, it's the digital equivalent to toilet paper on your shoe...Something I'd consider dragging around all day long if the average speeds in the 400-800Kbps range are to be believed.
I'll make a prediction: Within 5 years, all high end laptops will be sold with integrated broadband. What do you think?
Sierra Wireless EVDO/HSPDA Aircards [Macworld]