EVDO Rev A Arrives… Almost

Sprint Nextel is not wasting time and trying to rev-up its wireless data revenue stream further. The company today announced that it has started selling a data card for laptops that allows mobile warriors to connect to its 3G network at even higher speeds.

This is part of a previously announced Rev A upgrade to its EVDO network that is supposed to go live later this year. Mind you, the news doesn’t mean you should rush and buy the card – the new higher speed network is still not live. With Cingular rolling out its 3G service, and Verizon upgrading its network as well, Sprint is trying to get more wireless data customers before things get well too complicated. But it sure makes a nice press release.

Designed for operation with compatible laptops as well as the soon-to-be-available Linksys Wireless G-Router for Mobile Broadband, the Merlin S720 will allow customers to connect to the Sprint Power Vision Network and remotely access audio, video and data applications at DSL-like speeds. The card operates on the current Sprint Power Vision Network and will support faster average download and upload speeds (450 -850 kbps and 300 – 400 kbps, respectively) of Sprint’s upgraded network when it becomes available.