ATT Wireless Unveils 4G LTE Mobile Hotspot and Wireless Card

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ATT Wireless Unveils 4G LTE Mobile Hotspot and Wireless Card

Dont’ get too comfortable Verizon Wireless, here comes AT&T with their first two 4G LTE products. The cellphone heavyweight is releasing a new laptop card the USBConnect Momentum 4G. Whewh, that was a long name… And also a mobile hot-spot device called the Elevate 4G. AT&T will showcasing this at a company event today.

The AT&T Momentum 4G pictured above.

“The two devices shouldn’t be confused with AT&T phones and products that currently carry the 4G tag. The two new products will be compatible with a flavor of 4G called Long-Term Evolution, which also powers the network that Verizon Wireless has been tirelessly touting in recent months.”
Source: CNET

The AT&T Elevate 4G pictured above.

AT&T has plans to launch the 4G LTE network of their own 5 this summer and 15 by years’ end.  By Upgrading and utilizing T-mobile USA’s footprint, they rebranded a portion of it’s 3G network known as HSPA+ so they can continue stating that they are the Fastest Nationwide Network in the United States.  Even though Verizon has had their 4GLTE deployed for 77 cities now and projecting to cover 175 by years’ end, and AT&T has answered by speeding up and unveiling ahead of schedule both the new hardware and 4G LTE network deployment.

Being a Verizon customer isn’t as much of a clear line as it used to be and AT&T seems to offer both competitive pricing as well as performance, dispite the crows of coverage and price by Verizon Wireless.  Let’s face it, being able to surf and talk simultaneously in this data age is unbelievably convenient, so much so that you will become reliant on it once you have it and wonder how you ever lived without the ability.

Some specs:

USBConnect Momentum 4G:

* LTE (700/AWS)
* HSPA+/HSPA/UMTS (850/1900/2100 MHz)
* EDGE/GPRS (850/900/1800/1900 MHz)
* Expandable Memory: MicroSD up to 32 GB
* GPS capable
* Dimensions: 2.6′ L x 1.02′ W x 0.51′ H
* Weight: Approximately 1.06 ounces

Mobile Hotspot Elevate 4G:

* LTE (700/AWS)
* HSPA+/HSPA (850/1900/2100 MHz)
* EDGE/GPRS (850/900/1800/1900 MHz)
* Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n
* WPS (Wi-Fi Protected Setup) enabled
* Display: 1.77 inches, 160×128 pixels color LCD
* Web UI for settings and advanced features
* GPS capable
* Dimensions: 3.8″ L x 2.2″ W x 0.7″ D
* Weight: 3.6 ounces
* Battery: 1800 mAh
* Expandable Memory: MicroSD™ up to 32 GB
* Use time: Up to 5hours

Both support Apple computers running OS X 10.5 or later as well as Windows computers running 7/Vista/XP Operating System. For you Ubuntu users, Elevate 4G seems to run well with Ubuntu 9.04.

“4G LTE service will be available this summer to customers in five markets – Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, and San Antonio.” “at least” 15 markets by the end of the year.”
Source: Verizon Wireless

The Momentum laptop card will be $49.99, with a warm fuzzy two-year contract and the Elevate hot-spot device will cost $69.99 also with an equally warm and fuzzy two-year contract. The Elevate has a color 1.77-inch LCD display that shows the Wi-Fi network name and security key. Weighing only 3.6 ounces, it can be used for up to five hours and connect up to five devices. Like the Momentum, it has a slot to allow for a 32GB memory card.

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