Tuesday, August 19, 2008

CradlePoint's EVDO portable router

We really like CradlePoint's first EVDO router, the CTR350 'Travel Router', and now CradlePoint has given us a new toy to review.

How do you improve upon something that was pretty good in the first place? You add a feature that no other 3G router has made available before: built-in battery power!

The new CradlePoint PHS300 takes everything we really liked in the CTR350 and adds a built-in lithium-ion rechargeable battery to allow a kind of wireless freedom never before available - and it sells for just $179.99 ($159.99 if purchased with Sprint or Verizon EVDO Card with 2 year service).

CradlePoint says that the "PHS" stands for "Personal HotSpot", but we like to think it means "Portable HotSpot" because any hotspot can be 'personal', but only the PHS300 can be more portable than any router we've ever used, 3G or otherwise.

First, we'll talk some about the hardware and then we'll elaborate on some cool ideas we have for this new router.

At 4.9" x 2.9" x 0.6", the PHS300 is about 25% bigger than the CTR350. The extra space makes room in the design for the Lithium-Ion battery.

Full review: http://www.evdoinfo.com/content/view/2201/63

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