Sprint offers 1xEV-DO card

Sprint has begun marketing a second PC Card for its upcoming 3G CDMA2000 1xEV-DO service while offering additional hints about its plans to deploy its 3G network. The carrier reports that it has started selling a PC Card modem from Novatel for its 3G service. The card will support average user speeds of 400 Kbps to 700 Kbps and peak rates of up to 2 Mbps in EV-DO coverage areas and average user speeds of 50 Kbps to 70 Kbps, with peak speeds of up to 144 Kbps on the 1XRTT portion of the Sprint Nationwide PCS Network.

Sprint already offers a card with similar capabilities from Sierra Wireless. In a statement about the Novatel card, the company also affirmed, in a vague kind of way, its 1xEV-DO roll-out plans. "Portions of many major metro markets, including airports and business corridors, are expected to have EV-DO service available by early summer this year." The statement also noted that the company planned to have the service available in 60 metropolitan areas early next near.

For more on Sprint's 1xEV-DO plans:
- read this company press release