recently mentioned, for some reasons I have to use a PC card modem to wirelessly
go online with my Notebook and since my old PC card was UMTS only, I've decided
to upgrade to a new HSDPA-enabled PC card. Since I'm a long time and happy user
of Option cards, I decided to go with another Option card and I've chosen the GlobeTrotter GT MAX HSUPA card which features quadband GSM/GPRS/EDGE as well as
triband UMTS and HSDPA up to 7.2 Mbps but also HSUPA up to 2 Mbps. So beside supporting
virtually all GSM and UMTS frequencies worldwide, which makes it truly a digital
globetrotter, the GT MAX HSUPA also supports the latest and fastest HSDPA and
The design of the GlobeTrotter GT MAX incorporates Option's unique and handy
"Butterfly" retractable antenna concept, as introduced with Options first
GlobeTrotter GPRS card years ago. That frees you from the need to remove any
part of your card from your notebook for transport.
Furthermore, and this makes the card even more interesting for non-techies, the
GlobeTrotter GT MAX HSUPA uses Option's Zero-CD technology which means that all
required applications, manuals and drivers are distributed and installed
automatically when the GlobeTrotter GT MAX HSUPA is inserted for the first time.
There is no need for CD installation (a CD-ROM is even not included) which makes
the GlobeTrotter GT MAX HSUPA a truly Plug'n Play solution:
The connection manager Option installs is the
previously motioned GlobeTrotter Connect software which is a pretty basic but easy to use interface.
In case the GlobeTrotter Connect software recognizes the SIM card, it even
automatically provides the required settings like APN, user ID and password
already that you can connect with your 2.5G/3G network right after the
installation. Furthermore this GlobeTrotter Connect installation routine is
quite handy if you have to change the Notebook since you don't have to download
the required drivers first but the PC card comes with the drivers and connection
While neither HSDPA 7.2 Mbps nor HSUPA 2 Mbps is widely deployed today,
recently I had the chance to test it and all I can say it's quite amazing;
especially because it's even faster then my DSL connection at home. I've reached
speeds of around 6 Mbps in downstream and 1.5 Mbps in upstream. Now that's what
I call mobile broadband.
The GlobeTrotter GT MAX HSUPA supports Windows 2000, Windows XP, Windows
Vista and MAC OS X and is available from Option for 210 Euro.
Cheers ~ Arne