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    Sprint 4G USB Device U1901

    If you want high-speed internet access on the go, and I mean really fast, check out the new Sprint 4G USB Device U1901.  It’s almost immeasurably fast, and with Sprint’s new 4G network, times they are a changin’.

    Built to work specifically with the Sprint 4G Network, the Sprint 4G USB Device U1901 is a small, easy-to-use modem compatible with both PC and Mac computers, connecting laptops or netbooks to blazing-fast 4G speeds. It is compatible with Windows® Vista, Windows® XP, Windows® 7, MAC OS® 10.5 and 10.6.  The U1901 provides access to Sprint 4G wireless speeds up to 10 times faster than 3G1 in those metropolitan areas across the country enabled with the new 4G mobile broadband service.

    You can visit for a list of Sprint 4G cities launched to date. U1901 is ideally suited for companies wanting to deliver high-bandwidth solutions to workers on-the-go or for remote offices looking to provide basic DSL-like speeds to workers in the metro area. U1901 is also an affordable option for value-conscious, highly-mobile Internet users, such as high school and college students who want to browse the Web, send and receive e-mail, access information, and explore social networking and multimedia entertainment.

    I tried the U1901 in Chicago, and I can tell you that pages hit my screen like a snapshot.  I’ve evaluated a lot of networks, and I’ll have to say Sprint’s 4G is a large cut above the rest.  Even streaming video and heavy file downloads were fast.  Normally data-intensive internet use experiences its greatest lull during peak hours, but the Sprint 4G USB Device U1901 showed no signs of weakening at 6am, noon, 3-5pm and even the evening.

    Here are some specs from Sprint:


    • Sprint SmartViewSM software installation via CD
    • Equipped with two external antenna ports for improved performancewhen plugged into the separately sold docking cradle (visit and select U1901)
    • Flip-up USB connector
    • Easy hands-free activation
    • Sprint 4G provides peak download speeds over 10 Mbps (average download speeds of 3-6 Mbps)


    • Dimensions: 3.15 inches (h) x 1.2 inches (w) x 0.59 inches (d)
    • Weight: 0.9 ounces
    • Chipset: Beceem BCSM250
    • Compatibility: Windows® Vista, Windows® XP, Windows® 7,
    • MAC OS® 10.5 and 10.6 with Intel platform.
    • 1 Up to 10x Faster claim: Based on download speed comparison of 3G’s 600 kbps vs. 4G’s 6 Mbps. Industry published 3G avg. speeds (600 kbps-1.7 Mbps); 4G avg. speeds (3-6 Mbps). Actual speeds may vary.

    2 Comparison to DSL/Cable: based on basic cable and DSL plans offering download speeds of 1.5 Mbps (cable) and 786 kbps (DSL).]

    David Novak
    David Novak
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