U720 modem updating
But that wouldn't stop us from trying non-portables.
We obtained the Novatel Ovation U720 from Verizon (which they call the USB720).
The first USB device was the Franklin CDU-550 introduced a few months back.
Below we see the size comparison of a PX-500 PCMCIA Rev A Card, Novatel U720 USB Rev A and a Franklin CDU-550 Rev 0 USB Device.
The thought of a USB modem was exciting to me since it should mean any Mac with a USB 2.0 port can utilize the mobile broadband networks.
But a closer reading of the WWAN Support Update page on reveals these words under System Requirements: "Intel-based Macintosh Portable." That implies that the Rev A USB modem support is only for Mac Books and Mac Book Pros.
Be sure to check out which products and packages are available in your area.
Included with the U720 is a Y Cable that allows you to plug into 2 USB ports in order to draw extra power.
Your 2 USB ports need to be next to each other (the cable isn't log enough to plug into USB ports that are on different sides of your laptop). Franklin CDU-550 Rev 0 The Franklin CDU-550 is smaller, sexier and out of the gate Mac compatible (drivers built-in to Mac OS X 10.4.7).
Your mobile device is your connection to the world and the gatekeeper to your personal data.
The good news, this happens automatically when you first install it (of if you order your U720 pre-activated, we do it for you).
Performance When we first heard of the Ovation U720, we thought that a USB device could possibly not "keep up" with a PCMCIA EVDO Card.
It "plugged and played" like a dream on our Mac Book Pro C2D.