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Old Feb 1, 2008, 05:53 PM   #1
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EVDO or HSPDA solutions for MBA

Given the unconventional USB port on the MBA and the fact that at least one USB EVDO modem has been reported not to fit (by gizmodo). I thought it might be nice to start a thread for modems that do work.

If you have a working 3G modem solution, please post in here.

I don't have my MBA yet (it's in the Air!) but when I get it, I will test it with a Verizon/Novatel 740 and a USB adapter.

Obviously a USB extension cable will work on just about anything but curious about less clunk solutions.
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Old Feb 1, 2008, 05:56 PM   #2
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Wait why cant the air not fit a usb cell modem?
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Old Feb 1, 2008, 06:26 PM   #3
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Old Feb 1, 2008, 06:39 PM   #4
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i would just connect it to my phone via bluetooth.
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Old Feb 1, 2008, 06:46 PM   #5
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i would just connect it to my phone via bluetooth.
Hardly a solution if you need EVDO/HSPDA speed. Plus I don't think tethering is even permitted in the ATT TOS.
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Hardly a solution if you need EVDO/HSPDA speed. Plus I don't think tethering is even permitted in the ATT TOS.
well, bluetooth 2.0 is pretty close to most of the 3g networks in america.. and i'm pretty sure (Link) it is permitted.
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Old Feb 1, 2008, 06:45 PM   #7
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Use a very small extender cable and be done with it. Why be a drama queen ?


Nearly all the 3G modems the mobile companies in the Ireland & UK are all based on the Huewaii E220 USB modem and all use usb cable to attach the dongle and will work no problem.



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Old Feb 1, 2008, 07:30 PM   #8
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There are plenty of 3G phones that have bluetooth modem capabilities. My Samsung Blackjack is one of those. On the EVDO side with Sprint in the USA, they are very tethering friendly.
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did not know that. New question,

WHY on earth would you connect that directly to a usb port? thats just asking for something to apply light pressure to it and break a usb port.
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did not know that. New question,

WHY on earth would you connect that directly to a usb port? thats just asking for something to apply light pressure to it and break a usb port.
No joke--- I lost one of the USB ports on my 12" PB when some woman next to me in an airport waiting area picked up a screaming toddler and the kid's heels side-swiped my modem sticking out of the left side.

I always use a short extender cable.

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Just about any USB adaptor will work, in fact most of them include a usb extension cable and I've even seen some that are designed to hang on the top of the back of the display.

Who really wants that thing hanging out the side of the laptop anyways?
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Old Feb 1, 2008, 11:10 PM   #12
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All the cards work with an extension cable, which is probably a better way to go, even on a normal laptop... huge inflexible dongle coming out of your machine = asking for snap, crackle and pop. I broke the USB port on a Dell once (my cousin's) cause I left a USB flash drive in it, then forgot, and picked it up funny.
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Old Feb 2, 2008, 01:01 AM   #13
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I like the UM150 USB EVDO Rev A modem

I was offered a UM150 free as a replacement for my USB720 USB EVDO Rev A modem. The UM150 has a articulating USB connector. Not only does it save your USB port from being "torqued" but it allows you to have the modem sitting vertically instead of sticking out horizontally where it can get bumped.

It also comes with an chrome antenna that extends out like a car's radio antenna. I not only use it on Mac laptops, but it also works on Mac desktops.

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