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Vendor To Sell 3G Router Despite Cellco Cut-offs

D-Link said Tuesday that it would like cellular carriers in Europe to offer its 3G router even as cellular carriers in the U.S. are threatening to cut off service to those who use such devices.

D-Link said it will launch its 3G Mobile Router in Europe this week at a trade show in London. The company first announced the device, which can distribute 3G access throughout a home or small office, last August, but has yet to ship it in the U.S.

The announcement comes on the heels of the disclosure last week that U.S. cellular operators, particularly Sprint and Verizon Wireless, are threatening to cut off 3G service to customers who overuse the service. A spokesperson for Verizon Wireless specifically cited the use of 3G routers as one reason some customers were being cut off.

"Broadband access is a product designed for the individual," a Verizon Wireless spokesperson said in an interview. "It's designed for individual access to the applications needed to accomplish their business goals, not group sharing."

The spokesperson said that the company has issued warnings to 100 subscribers to its EV-DO BroadbandAccess service, which provides cellular data service with typical speeds of about 500 Kbps. In many cases, the company believes those users have overused the service by using routers to share 3G access, the spokesperson said.

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