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Toshiba Portege G450 USB Modem Doubles As Emergency GSM Phone

When you’re traveling around with your laptop, it can be a bit of a pain to go hunting for a WiFi hotspot. As such, many folks come equipped with modems that’ll latch onto their favorite EVDO or HSDPA networks, effectively providing them with full web access anywhere they have cellular service. The Toshiba Portege G450 is largely marketed as a USB modem, but if you detach it from your computer, it also works as a GSM mobile phone when you find yourself in a bind.

The Toshiba Portege G450 is totally HSDPA capable, meaning that you’ll experience near broadband speeds anywhere you go. All that’s necessary is to plug the thumb drive-sized device into an available USB port. Unplugged, however, the Portege G450 also features rudimentary cell phone functionality, including voice calls and even text messages. You’ll need a separate headset to do the former.

Other specs include tri-band GSM (900/1800/1900) with GPRS/EDGE/UMTS/HSDPA radios, a Qualcomm MSM6280 chipset, 96 x 36 pixel OLED display, 160MB internal memory, dual keypads for dialing, and up to 300 hours of standby (180 minutes talk time). Available in red, black, and white, the Toshiba Portege G450 will ship this March for around 199 Euro.

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