updated 02:05 pm EST, Thu February 1, 2007
USB720 wireless modem
Verizon Wireless today announced that the USB720 -- its first CDMA 1x Evolution-Data Optimized (EV-DO) Revision A (Rev. A) USB wireless modem -- will go on sale tomorrow. The device measures 3.52 x 1.49 x .69-inches, weighs 1.6 ounces, and offers broad compatibility via USB connectivity. The USB720 works with the Enterprise edition of VZAccess Manager software with support for Mac OS X as well as Windows 2000/XP/Vista. The USB720 is priced at $150 with a new two-year agreement or $200 with a new one-year agreement, and will be available in Verizon Wireless Communications Stores inclusive of those in Circuit City on February 20th.
Verizon's USB720 is fully compatible with the company's enhanced and existing wireless broadband networks, as well as its NationalAccess network based on CDMA 1xRTT technology. The modem features an advanced dual band diversity antenna system design with an integrated flip antenna, according to Verizon, which maximizes performance and strengthens network signal reception.
Customers in Rev. A enhanced coverage areas who purchase the new device and who are current subscribers to BroadbandAccess will access improved speeds immediately for no additional charge, and customers with a Verizon Wireless voice plan of $40 or higher can sign up for unlimited BroadbandAccess with the new Rev. A speeds for an additional $60 monthly fee. BroadbandAccess is available to customers without a voice plan for $80 per month.