We’ve seen 3G get a lot of press lately, with telecom carriers providing the best and the brightest in transmission capabilities. But 3G modems? They’re out there, and they’re being made, whether you need them or not.
If you have a triband phone, it makes sense to have a triband modem, right? The modem manufacturing folks would like to have you think so. Modems are coming out left and right now that have made the transition from GPRS to EDGE. Not far behind are modems that can handle HSDPA and UMTS.
The main drawback, it seems to us, is that Wi-Fi is so well established in the modem card market that it has become ubiquitous. Many computers come with a Wi-Fi modem already installed. If you have one of those, why would you splurge the US$200 or so for a 3G modem?
It’s a matter of choice, really, of how you want to connect. In some instances, Wi-Fi just isn’t available. This is where a 3G modem could really save your virtual bacon. If you are really mobile and work in sales, real estate, or public safety, you might certainly find a 3G modem much more easy to use in order to maintain a connection. And, if you already rely on and trust a 3G phone, they you might be more inclined to stick with the frequency and get that 3G modem card, to double your functionality.
Verizon and Cingular are counting on that kind of loyalty or necessity. A generation of Lenovo ThinkPads coming out now are stocked with Verizon data connections. The same is true with Cingular and Dell. HP is working with Verizon as well.