Sprint has launched a stylish upgrade to a venerable model and an even smaller version of an already small USB modem.
The Sanyo Katana LX is an updated version of the now discontinued Katana II, right down to the identical featureset which includes GPS support, VGA camera with flash and video recorder, Bluetooth, large internal display, 1xRTT packet data, speakerphone, wireless backup support, and call screening. The revised external display is the only new addition which is an OLED display that disappears in to a mirror finish when not in use.
The Sierra Compass 597E is a new, smaller revision of the 595 USB Modem which features built-in GPS support through Sprint Smart View, microSDHC expansion slot, Zero CD install capability (Windows XP/Vista only), and one-touch activation after establishing an account with Sprint along with Mac OS X support through a seperate client download from Sierra Wireless.
The Sanyo Katana LX is now avaialble from Sprint for $99.99 after $150 instant discount and new 2 year agreement before an additional $50 mail-in rebate, bringing the total to $49.99. The Sierra Compass 597 USB Modem is now available for $99.99 after new 2 year agreement before an additional $50 online discount, bringing the total to $49.99.