Bell Laughs Mercilessly at Rogers HSPA / EDGE Network Speeds

| November 23, 2010 | Reply

This is one small step for Bell, one giant leap for carriers everywhere. Bell has officially launched the Novatel Wireless U547 Turbo Stick, the first of it’s kind with dual cell technology. This mobile internet stick can apparently “Double your speed” compared to their – and other carriers’ – offerings, and has the capability of reaching download speeds up to 42 Mbps*, but average speeds of 7-14 Mbps, and upload speeds of 5.76 Mbps. The asterisk signifies a very specific area, as to possibly reach those speeds you’ll have to be in the downtown T.O. (Toronto) core, and tack on another $10/month. Luckily, Bell will be building out the the coverage in 2011, letting people other than Argos fans enjoy crazy download speeds.

As far as price, this stick will go for $199.95 out of contract, 1-year for $174.95, 2-year for $149.95, and 3-year $49.95. Specs of the 42 Mbps Stick has overall dimensions of 82 mm x 30 mm x 11 mm, weighs in at only 24 grams and can hold up to 32GB with a microSD card.

The weirdest thing with this story is the fact that the HTC Desire Z is already capable of the 7-14 Mbps download / 5.76 upload speeds, so why not just get a phone capable of the speeds? Is anyone picking one of these up? Let us know in the comments.

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Hamilton, Ontario, born and raised. I’m the oldest of two, really into the tech scene. Like my Macbook, Live for my Xbox 360, and LOVE my phones. I work for a large Canadian Telecomm company by day, and a Gizmo Ninja editor by night. I’ve jumped around every mobile OS I can get my hands on, including Symbian, Windows Mobile, WP7, BlackBerry, iOS, Android, etc. Current devices include the HTC Desire Z, HTC Desire HD, Motorola Milestone, HTC HD7, LG Optimus Quantum, and my daily device is my Motorola Atrix.