If you don’t have a PCMCIA slot on your notebook you can be out of luck when it comes to EV-DO access. Well, CMOTech wants to help you out. At first glance the CCU-550 may look like a typical USB flash drive, but it is actually an EV-DO modem that attaches and works through your USB port. It has a maximum throughput of 2.4 Mbps, which, not coincidentally, is the theoretical maximum throughput of EV-DO networks. It’s completely self-contained, so you don’t need any other connections or power sources – just plug it in and you are in business. It brings EV-DO glory to a whole range of notebooks, especially older ones.
There is, of course, a catch. The Korean manufacturer is largely making their product available only in Korea. There are reports that it is also available in Bermuda, too, but not the U.S. Only Sprint Nextel, Verizon Wireless and Alltel in very limited areas offer EV-DO access to the American market, and none of them are offering the CCU-550, yet.