updated 12:05 am EDT, Thu April 3, 2008
Mac EVDO manager
As part of its CTIA show announcements, Sprint this week introduced its smallest EVDO USB-based modem in its product line and new Mac connection manager software. The new Compass 597 USB Modem is the smallest EV-DO Rev A USB modem in the market; the mini card offers seamless high-speed wireless connectivity for both Mac and Windows notebook and desktop computers in a compact design as well as includes TRU-Install features that allow users to install drivers for the device without using a CD. The modem also offers a microSD memory expansion slot as well as a connector for an optional external antenna to help maximize modem performance. The company's the new product features its new redesigned connection manager that supports wireless download speed (over Sprint's mobile network) at speeds up to 3.1Mbps and upload speeds up to 1.8Mbps. The device is expected to ship later this quarter with the new updated software available now for all its data devices.
Sprint's connection management software provides tool tips for each user interface item, and a custom translucency level for the window. A signal strength menu item icon is optional, as well as automatic update notification. Users can enable or disable GPS, and monitor all details and options for the service.
Interestingly, the device also provides users with local information for Sprint stores, banks, hotels, coffee houses, and restaurants, among other services.
The software also provides users with a link to Sprint's bandwidth testing servers, located in Fort Worth, Texas; Chicago, Illinois; and Atlanta, Georgia.