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The Huawei EC360’s Alltel Aircard works if your laptop has the PC Card slot for it. It’s compact and a retractable antenna allows for better reception in the nook and crannies of the Alltel coverage area. Speed is EVDO Rev. A for up to 3.1 Mbps.
PC Cards are on the way out in favor of ExpressCards. They aren’t as compatible across the board because newer, more compact laptops only ship with ExpressCard or USB slots.
Huawei EC360 is a good bet if your laptop (PC or Mac) has a Type II PCMCIA slot. If not, look somewhere else. Other than that, speed is good, the price is good, and the timing is right.
How about we scratch through all that business-speak about enhanced browsing, better user experience, and its star trek enterprise futuristic design. How about we just get right down to it. What’s really happening here with the Huawei EC360 Aircard?
It’s a PC Card. What does that mean? It’s got a small form factor and it fits real snug into your laptop. It also means that if you want it, make sure you have a Type II PCMCIA Card slot. If that sounds like Portuguese to you, then check out the online mini-course "Mobile Broadband Buyer’s Guide" to research a bit more before buying. However if you don’t have a PC Card slot, check out another Alltel aircard.
Next up, it’s EVDO Revision A. That means it goes pretty fast (3.1 Mbps) and can rival the speed of DSL connections out there.
It’s got an antenna for better reception and you can get it through Alltel. It’d normally run you about $249. However, when I checked it out here, you could make $100 by getting it. Sounds sweet to me.
3. Manufacturer’s Description
Exclusively from Alltel Wireless, the Huawei PC card offers high speed wireless Internet access on the Alltel nationwide data network. With a hinged antenna and an external antenna port, this Alltel aircard gives you multiple options for better signal performance.
From the Manufacturer
5. Technical Details
From the Manufacturer
- Dimensions – 4.7 in x 2.1 in x 0.4 in
- Weight – 1.8 oz
- Data Download Speed – EV-DO rev A (Up to 3.1 Mbps Down/1.8 Mbps Up), 1xRTT
- Download Protocol – CDMA 800, 1900
- Compatible Carrier – Alltel
- Network Compatibility – CDMA 800, 1900
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