EVDO Rev A: Live in the USA

It was about a month and a half ago that Verizon Wireless made its EVDO Rev A network official, announcing the first markets and a Rev A USB card. Now the company says it will offer a Rev A ExpressCard, the V740 by Novatel Wireless for $179.99 with a new 2-year customer agreement or $229.99 with a new one-year customer agreement.

macspeedtest.gifSo both Verizon Wireless and Sprint are rolling along with Rev A. The speeds listed on the left are from a live test that Om did on Sprint’s Rev A network in San Francisco. How do the rollouts stack up? Here’s the latest info:

Sprint Nextel: According to Sprint’s most recent figures their Rev A network covers “125 million people.” They are aiming to cover the entire EVDO network (which they say reaches 209 million people in the U.S.) with Rev A by the end of the year. Sprint offers five Rev A computer cards.

Verizon Wireless: As of March 1, Verizon says its Rev A network covers 135 million people. According to Telephony Online the Rev A rollout is already moving beyond that, and will cover the company’s 200 million plus EVDO footprint before the end of the year. There are two cards, the V740 Express Card and the USB720 that currently work on EVDO Rev A network.