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Franklin Introduces CDU680 U680 EVDO RevA USB Modem

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PostPosted: Tue Mar 27, 2007 1:06 pm    Post subject: Franklin Introduces CDU680 U680 EVDO RevA USB Modem Reply with quote

Update: The Sprint U680 is expected in June, 2008
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SAN DIEGO, CA--(MARKET WIRE)--Mar 27, 2007 -- Franklin Wireless Corp. (Other OTC:FKLT.PK - News), a developer and marketer of wireless broadband communication devices and applications, announced the launch of its world's smallest CDU-680 EV-DO Revision A USB mobile broadband for the North and South American markets.

The announcement coincides with the CTIA show in Orlando, Florida on March 27, 2007 where Franklin and its partner and share holder, Creative Mobile Technology (C-motech) Co., Ltd. are showcasing their wide variety of EV-DO and HSDPA USB and Fixed Wireless modems for North American and South American customers.

Franklin led the mobile broadband industry by launching its CDU-550 in July of 2006, the modem was the first USB EV-DO modem in the world. This year, Franklin again leads the world in introducing the first EV-DO Rev A USB modem to incorporate Flash Memory, a GPS receiver and a unique swiveling USB connector. With the advent of the onboard Flash Memory, the modem application software and driver software for different computing platforms, i.e. Mac, Linux and Windows Mobile are readily available for installation from the Flash Memory, making the CDU-680 a platform and OS independent mobile broadband modem.

Another unique feature of the CDU-680 product is the Swiveling USB connector, this innovative USB connector feature allows the modem to be raised vertically for better radio frequency performance or folded away when not in use. The modem is backward compatible with widely available CDMA2000 1xEV-DO networks and supports data-only EVDO Rev A mobile broadband services with a peak downlink speed of 3.1 Mbps.

The CDU-680 offers laptop and desktop users the flexibility to connect to CDMA 1xEV-DO Rev A high-speed mobile broadband services, enabling them to send and receive email with large file attachments, play real-time interactive games, receive and send high-resolution pictures and video, and wirelessly connect to the internet anytime, anywhere.

The CDU-680 will be available through North and South American carriers with CDMA 1xEVDO Rev A network in second quarter of 2007.

"With the introduction of the CDU-680, Franklin once again has demonstrated the innovativeness and the uniqueness in its mobile broadband modem products. We continue to bring to our customers and end users exceptional values with our leading edge products," said O.C. Kim, President of Franklin Wireless.

Franklin Wireless products are marketed through Original Equipment Manufacturers ("OEMs") and distributors, as well as directly to operators and end users.


IMPORTANT UPDATE

THE CDU680 IS NOW AVAILABLE

Read the CDU-680 Sprint U680 Review here


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PostPosted: Tue Mar 27, 2007 2:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Mike reports from CTIA via iChat that we will be selling the CDU680 soon as Sprint certifies it. It does have an antenna jack (the old CDU550 did not) and its coolest feature is that the software needed for Mac/Windows/Linux is in on board memory! sweet.

Actual product pics from Mike coming later tonight.
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 27, 2007 2:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

FYI....

The device also only uses 500-mA, so it does not need a Y cable or battery Smile

Looks like you get a 56MB Flash drive built-in, not sure how much memory the connection mangers/mac/linux drivers will take.
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 31, 2007 8:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I saw a demo of the CDU-680 at the Franklin booth last week and I noticed 2 interesting things:

1) The CDU680 had a Sprint Logo on it
2) The connection manager running, was Sprint Connection Manager

I have a CDU-550 and it runs "Franklin Connection Manager". The fact that it had a Sprint logo on it and was running a native Sprint Connection Manager, I would wager the Franklin CDU-680 will actually be a Sprint labeled device.
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 01, 2007 3:28 am    Post subject: Compare Please Reply with quote

Hi, Mike or Alex or someone in the know, could you please compare/contrast this Franklin product with the 720s that Sprint and Verizon already have out?

Because I wouldn't know which one to buy without such a comparison/contrast.

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PostPosted: Sun Apr 01, 2007 9:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Until we get our hands on one for testing, we really cannot compare.

There is a lot of information in the official CDU-680 Press Release.

It is unknown *when* this will be available. Just because it was displayed last week at CTIA, doesn't indicate that you can purchase it this month or next.

Since, we were one of the first to sell Franklin's first EVDO modem, the
Franklin CDU-550, we will probably be first with the CDU680.

I do expect us to get a test unit, so we can write an in-depth review.
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 01, 2007 12:07 pm    Post subject: What about the size? Reply with quote

Michael, how does the new Rev A USB Franklin compare to the Sprint/Verizon USB 720s in terms of size? Are size specs available yet?

tia
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 01, 2007 1:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

They haven't released any specs on it, it was tiny compared to the Novatel 720 USB modem.

Here is a picture I snapped of it:



After we get our test unit, we will:

- take pictures compared to other USB modems
- bench mark against other devices
- figure out what antenna connector it uses (yes, it has an external antenna port)
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 01, 2007 1:53 pm    Post subject: Guess please? Reply with quote

Michael, would you hazard a guess (nothing need be written in blood here) as to what fraction of the size the Franklin is compared to the 720s?

About 1/2?

1/3?

1/4?

What?

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PostPosted: Sun Apr 01, 2007 2:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

This is kinda/sorta better than a guess.

i took a picture of a u720 oriented the same way as mike's pic of the cdu680, and scaled the u720 until the usb plug end was the same.

since that plug has to be same size on both devices, the resulting image with ghosted u720 overlay, gives you a pretty good indication of how much smaller the cdu680 is.
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 02, 2007 10:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Any indication from Verizon if they intend to offer the Franklin Rev. A USB modem?
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 08, 2007 4:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I am thinking about getting the U720 but wondering if I should wait for the new Franklin CDU-680. Other than the smaller size and ability to swivel, is there any improvements over the U720 in term of performance?
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 08, 2007 4:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

bdhadhdnh wrote:
is there any improvements over the U720 in term of performance?


the CDU680 is not out yet. soon as we get our test unit, we'll do a review and post it online.
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PostPosted: Tue May 08, 2007 10:08 am    Post subject: Any news re. the Franklin CDU680? Reply with quote

Alex wrote:
bdhadhdnh wrote:
is there any improvements over the U720 in term of performance?


the CDU680 is not out yet. soon as we get our test unit, we'll do a review and post it online.


Any news on this device?

With native Linux compatibility I may actually be able to buy a device that
works with Linux -- and has no undisclosed changes during production which
render it incompatible, which is too often the case.

Any word at all on delivery dates?

Thanks! David


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PostPosted: Tue May 08, 2007 10:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

No news to report publicly on this device.
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