This is the Novatel Ovation HSUPA Modem (supplied by Mobilx) that’s being called the worlds smallest HSUPA-capable USB modem. Its small, that’s for sure. Its fast too!
- Tri-band HSUPA/HSDPA – 850/1900/2100 MHz
- Quad-band EDGE/GPRS – 850/900/1800/1900 MHz
- Supports 7.2 Mbps Downlink; 384 kbps upload speed at launch
- Firmware upgrade available for HSUPA, providing 2.1 Mbps uplink speeds
- 70 x 25 x 12 mm
This has to be the simplest and fastest modem I’ve ever installed. All the software is contained in flash memory on the device so its about as plug and play as you can get. It took 5 minutes from unboxing to using which is very good.
And the results? Well considering that I’m not in an HSUPA-upgraded area (although its a little difficult to tell exactly what speed I’m connected at because the Novatel software doesn’t give you that information) its pretty damn fast! Speedtest.net gave me an average 2mbps download (2.7mbps maximum) and over 400kbps upload figures. That’s the fastest I’ve ever seen from any HSDPA device in my office.
Its really small. Compared to my last USB HSDPA modem its tiny. It comes with a USB extension cable and holder that allows you to hang it from the back of a screen. On a UMPC its a messy affair but on a traditional notebook it would be perfect. First impressions on the reception quality are very good. It appears to perform as well, or better than both my built-in HSDPA modems. I haven’t done any battery drain tests yet but I’m not expecting it to be a problem.
I’ll have more to say about it over the next few weeks but really, for Price Euro 199,00 (exclusive of tax) its got be the easiest and fastest way to get connected to the Internet if you have more than one device.