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CTIA Wireless Feature Article

April 02, 2008

Sprint and Sierra Wireless to Launch Nation's Smallest Mobile Broadband USB Modem

Sierra Wireless and Sprint (News - Alert) have announced the Sierra Wireless Compass 597, the nation’s smallest USB modem for mobile broadband networks. About the size of a pack of gum, the Sierra Wireless (News - Alert) Compass 597 USB modem operates on the Sprint Mobile Broadband Network, providing users convenient wireless high-speed access to email and online applications from their desktops or laptops.

In only a few seconds, users can send a presentation to a client, download large email files or upload a photo to Facebook (News - Alert) or Flickr pages, from anywhere within the Sprint coverage area. The Compass 597 USB is backwards compatible to EV-DO Rev. 0 and 1XRTT technology in areas where EV-DO Rev. A is not yet available.
Danny Bowman, vice president of customer equipment for Sprint, indicated that, with Sprint Mobile Broadband Network coverage reaching more people, square miles, cities and airports than any other network in the country, the Compass 597 brings the freedom of mobility, productivity and instant gratification to consumers and mobile professionals at an attractive price point.
The Compass 597 USB modem also offers GPS support, allowing the use of location search and other common navigational software tools on a notebook computer via Sprint SmartView. Through this device, users can find nearby restaurants, gas stations, banks, and more, without having to manually enter their locations — the GPS capabilities of the Compass 597 chart users’ locations automatically. The results are then presented on variety of several popular online mapping tools.
Moreover, the new device includes a microSD expansion slot for supplemental storage or file transfers and supports memory cards up to 32 GB. Users can thus carry high-resolution images, large presentations, and other necessary documents with them wherever they go.
Dan Schieler, senior vice president, Worldwide Sales for Sierra Wireless, noted that with its small size, appealing design, and user-friendly installation and activation features, the Compass 597 has a lot to offer Sprint customers looking for a simple way to stay linked to their business and personal networks.
The new USB modem will be available in Sprint stores, business sales channels, and online later this month for $49.99 with a two-year service agreement and $50 mail-in-rebate. The companies explain that the Compass 597 USB modem features automatic installation of Sprint SmartView software and one-touch activation on the Sprint Mobile Broadband Network for both Mac and PC users, making it quick and easy to set up.
Sprint Nextel (News - Alert) has also announced plans to upgrade several of its current Windows Mobile smartphones later this year to support Windows Mobile 6.1, which will bring customers core platform enhancements in the areas of user-focused experience, messaging, and productivity.
Anuradha Shukla is a contributing editor for TMCnet, covering call centers, CRM and information technology. To see more of her articles, please visit her columnist page.
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