Sprint recently rolled out their new Rev-A networks in select cities across the nation, and with it came a new firmware revision that made our hack no longer functional with the S720 card. Panic among the Sprint/Mac faithful ensued. What will we do now? Can a new hack still save us? Sadly, no.
Alas, it seems one good side effect of the Rev-A firmware upgrades is that the wonderfully priced (free) Pantech PX-500 is now compatible with PowerBook 15 and 17 inch laptops that sport a PCMCIA slot. Yay! and without a hack! Sweet! and quite possibly, Rev-A Speeds! SUH-WEEET!
There's more to this report though. PX-500 users will not be able to see any sort of signal strength, nor can the card be activated in a mac, nor can you do any future firmware or PRL updates on a mac. All that still has to happen on a PC. For those ordering from us, we will gladly pre-activate, update to the needed Rev A firmware before shipping it to you.
Fine. Its not perfect. But it is much better than we've had from the Sprint folks, in a long time.
Just how fast is it when used on a Mac? that, we can show you:
There are still some unanswered questions that linger:
Will it truly provide Rev-A speeds when used in Rev-A networks?
Will it work on older Mac Laptops with PCMCIA slots? (Wallstreet/Pismo?)
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