Google’s Cr-48 Notebook Can Now Use HSPA

Posted by at 11:23 am on February 4, 2011

Google has quietly release an OS update to upgraded the Cr-48 to give it support for 3G over HSPA networks. This update let’s Qualcomm Gobi modem connect to more than Verizon’s EVDO network. While Hexxeh found it wasn’t enabled by default, a shell command can flip it to HSPA and get it online through AT&T, T-Mobile or another provider.

Some risks exist in the rough technique. No guarantees exist that the cellular link will keep working. Owners also need to know the carrier’s settings if it doesn’t work automatically. The service will also be more expensive since it requires paid access; Verizon’s special deal for the Cr-48 supplies 100MB of free 3G every month and has discounted rates for increasing the cap.

The update hints that Google may start shipping the Cr-48 to other countries before releasing the OS to IHV. Initial shipments to the media and other industry luminaries were limited to the US as the 3G wouldn’t have worked at all in other countries.

Chrome OS notebooks for the wider public aren’t due until mid-2011.

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