Cingular AirCard 860 lets you access their fancy HSDPA network

Cingular and Sierra Wireless can now help you take advantage of the latest 3G wireless technology while you are on the go with the AirCard 860. The Wireless Wide Area Network (WWAN) card is for use on HSDPA networks, including the one which Cingular has recently and coincidentally unveiled in select cities, with more markets to come next year. If HSDPA is not available in an area (Austin, Baltimore, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Las Vegas, Phoenix, Portland, SLC, San Diego, San Francisco, San Jose, Seattle, Tacoma, and DC) will get BroadbandConnect service with speeds between 400-700Kbps, the card can also access EDGE and GSM/GPRS networks.

As you would expect, the AirCard 860 is a Type II PC Card. It is slim and unextended, so it stores right inside your laptop. It utilizes the 850 and 1900 MHz UMTS frequency bands, offers average data rates off 400 to 700 kbps, with bursts over 1Mbps on HSDPA and on EDGE, the data rates range between 75 and 135 kbps.

The card is available now and will cost you as little as $99 if you are willing to sign up for a 2-year contract. Unlimited data plans will start at $59 per month.


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