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Default Sprint's new EV-DO Revision A network ,will give it the fastest wide area network

sprint is currently offering $39.99 unlimited data and phone as modem...

Also their speeds are known to be the highest as modems... not fast though on the 8703e phone...'

ABC News: Sprint Revs Up 'Rev A' EV-DO Network
ABC News
Sprint Revs Up 'Rev A' EV-DO Network
Sprint announced the first 21 cities for its new EV-DO Revision A
network today, which will give the nation's third-largest wireless
carrier the fastest wide area network.
Sascha Segan - PC Magazine

Oct. 24 -

Sprint announced the first 21 cities for its new EV-DO Revision A
network today, which will give the nation's third-largest wireless
carrier the fastest wide area network.

The company is already selling three PC Cards to help laptops hook up
to the new network, but MacBook users and other folks without PC Card
slots will be able to access the Rev A system with a new USB modem,
the company said in a press release.

The first Rev A market, launching today, is San Diego. By the end of
the year, it will be followed by Baltimore, Boston, Buffalo, N.Y.,
Denver, Detroit, Hartford, Conn., Kansas City, Mo., Las Vegas, Los
Angeles, Milwaukee, New York City, Newark/Trenton, N.J., Philadelphia,
Pittsburgh, Providence, R.I., Sacramento, Calif., Salt Lake City, San
Francisco, Seattle, and Washington, D.C. Sprint will upgrade its whole
EV-DO network, covering more than 164 million people, to Rev A by the
third quarter of 2007, the company says.

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Rev A raises theoretical download speeds from a maximum of 2.4
Mbits/sec to 3.1 Mbits/sec, and raises upload speeds from 153
kbits/sec to 1.8 Mbits/sec. Latency will also go down from around 225
ms to about 50 ms. While users will probably see some increase in
download speeds—Sprint is very conservatively raising the top range of
their average estimated speeds from 700 Kbits/sec to 800
Kbits/sec—uploads will go much, much faster. That enables functions
like video calling, multiplayer gaming, uploading multimedia content
and webcam streaming. It will also make peer-to-peer file sharing
easier, though Sprint is sure to frown on such a use.

Rev A is especially critical for Sprint because the new network is
fast enough to support Nextel-style push-to-talk functions. Sprint has
expressed a desire to move existing Nextel users off of Nextel's old
iDen network onto a new Sprint network, but not until the company can
duplicate the full Nextel experience.

Sprint won't charge any more for Rev A than they do for EV-DO now: $60
a month for unlimited PC Card usage if you also have a voice plan, or
if you sign a two-year contract; $80/month if you don't fulfill one of
those conditions.

Verizon Wireless, which also uses the EV-DO system, has also said
they'll roll out Rev A next year, but the company hasn't launched any
markets yet. The equivalent technology for Cingular's and T-Mobile's
networks is called HSUPA; Cingular is still struggling to roll out the
previous version, called HSDPA, and T-Mobile has said they won't start
selling HSDPA until next year.

Sprint also announced its first widely available USB modem, the
Novatel Wireless Ovation U720. While Sprint has been selling USB
high-speed modems to business customers for a while now, this will be
the first one available to the general public. The U720, which we hope
will work with MacBooks (but we haven't heard), will sell for $249.99
or as low as $49.99 with a two-year contract. The Rev A PC Cards will
also work with Sprint's Linksys EV-DO-to-Wi-Fi router, offering
another option for folks who don't have card slots.

There's been relatively little talk about phones that will support Rev
A, though they're sure to come. Rumor sites have earmarked the HTC
Libra, also known as the UT Starcom SMT-5800, as a Rev A Windows
Mobile smartphone. It's the next generation of the successful PPC-6700
model; according to Phone Scoop, it will have both a phone keypad and
a slide-out QWERTY keyboard, and will be available early next year.

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