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nova media launches "world" 3G ExpressCard Modem

updated 02:10 pm EDT, Tue June 23, 2009

New 3G EC modem ships

nova media has launched the GlobeTrotter Express 441 ExpressCard modem, providing Macintosh notebook users worldwide access to 3G connections. The modem supports HSPA connections in the 850-, 900-, 1900- and 2100-MHz bands providing maximum 7.2 Mb/sec download speeds and 5.76Mb/sec upload speeds. GPRS and Quad-Band Edge connections are supported within the afore-mentioned bands. The modem features an auto-off switch, triggered by retracting the antennae, so it can remain in the express card slot of a MacBook Pro constantly, only drawing power when the antennae is raised, and not interfering with airplane signals when retracted.

The modem has a removable SIM card and a built-in software installer for Mac and Windows platforms. Its software includes a text-message manager and details for network connections.

The GlobeTrotter Express 441 requires Mac OS X 10.4.11 or 10.5.6 or higher and also works with Windows XP and Vista. It retails for 190 (about $265).

by MacNN Staff



  1. DrunkenTech

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Good thing I can use this on my new 15" MacBook Pr...

    Oh wait.

  1. fuellemann

    Joined: Dec 1969



    I think there is a USB modem you can use for the 15" :-)

    Kind regards,

    Jan Fuellemann, nova media

  1. jwdsail

    Joined: Dec 1969


    USB 3G..

    Is it just people in my circle of friends, colleagues, and clients, or is it a reality that the USB 3G devices are far flakier than the ExpressCard devices?

    Everyone I know that's had a USB 3G dongle has switched to ExpressCard adaptors due to repeated issues (Mac and Win)...

    Could this be something local? A bad batch of dongles shipped from a factory somewhere that landed here? Something in the water?

    Just seems odd that everyone I know that's had a USB 3G device wanted to fire it out of a canon, and everyone recently seems content to point to USB based solutions after Apple removed the ExpressCard slot from the new MacBook Pro 15...


    Perhaps it is dependent on the amount someone depends on any of these devices for anything beyond casual surfing???

  1. fuellemann

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Re: USB 3G

    Well, the ExpressCard slot is a kind of built-in USB 2.0 port in the computer. I think the ExpressCards tend to be used more carefule and thus are not known to break so easily. I think the experience is more biased by the software that comes with either modem. Our launch2net software supports many devices and runs sometimes faster and more stable than the software supplied by the mobile operators and/or modem manufacturers. So if you think your modem makes you problems, you may want to try launch2net :-)

    Jan Fuellemann, nova media

  1. ender

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Not USB

    Express card is not like a USB port. It's more like a PCI slot, and thus far more capable than a USB port (or SD slot for that matter).

    Personally, I get a chuckle every time I see someone with a USB dongle sticking several inches out of the side of their computer. They are always so careful to not hit the dongle with their hand when the pick up their laptop or to avoid knocking over their cup of coffee when the move their computer. ExpressCard is just simply far more capable and a better physical design than dongles sticking out of USB port. It's Beta vs VHS all over again. :-(

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