The first ExpressCard for Verizons high-speed EvDO network is here, and its sold by Dell.
The new ExpressCard standard has replaced PC Cards in a slew of new laptops, including entries from Dell, Lenovo, HP and Apple.
But up until now, laptop owners have been frustrated by a lack of cards for their slots, especially cards that connect to cellular networks to provide Internet access anywhere.
In April, Novatel announced the XV620, an ExpressCard for high-speed EvDO (Evolution Data Optimized) networks that was being evaluated by Verizon and Sprint.
That was followed up on June 22 with the announcement of the XU870, a card for Cingulars HSDPA (High-Speed Downlink Packet Access) high-speed network that would also allow global roaming.
But the XV620 has been stalled in Verizons and Sprints approval processes for several months now.
The XU870 for Cingular will go on sale sometime before October, according to Novatel.