With the growing demand for quick and convenient media that is readily accessible, many telecommunication companies are pushing forward with increased research and development for newer technologies. Bell Mobility has recently announced that through their “Dual Cell” technology (which doubles HSPA+ mobile data speeds), they are now able to provide an “ultra fast on-the-go mobile Internet experience”, through the use of the Novatel Wireless U547 Turbo Stick.
The Turbo Stick is approximately 82mm (tall) by 30mm (wide) by 11mm (thick), and weighs around 24g. This device utilizes USB2.0 or 1.1 and is compatible with the following operating systems:
− Microsoft Windows XP (SP2 and SP3, 32-bit only)
− Windows Vista (SP1 and SP2, 32/64-bit)
− Windows 7(32/64-bit) with 500 MHz CPU
− Macintosh OS 10.4 (Tiger), 10.5 (Leopard) and 10.6 (Snow Leopard) with 300 MHz Intel CPU
The front of the device houses a hinged USB connector, as well as a small LED light that illuminates to identify connectivity/troubleshooting. The back of the device can be removed to reveal a slot to insert a SIM card, as well as a microSD port that supports up to 32GB (no microSD card included). The right side of the stick has a rubber tab that covers a small pinhole (which I believe is to reset the device). The Novatel Turbo Stick supports dual-carrier bands HSPA 850 / 1900 / 2100 MHz HSPA / HSPA / UMTS, as well as quad-band 50 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 MHz GPRS / EDGE. (more…)