It may have taken longer than many expected for AT&T to reveal plans for LTE in 2011, but the carrier has already followed up with the introduction of its first LTE device.
The USBConnect Adrenaline from LG is an LTE-capable laptop modem. AT&T says a simple software upgrade via AT&T Communication Manager or AT&T Global Network Client will be all you need to enable it for LTE when it becomes available. The Adrenaline comes with an internal antenna, plug-and-play functionality and multiple OS support. Adrenaline also features built-in GPS for enterprise applications, a multi-color LED status indicator and a MicroSD memory card slot supporting cards up to 32 GB of storage. The device can be used to access Wi-Fi hotspots, including access to AT&T’s more than 23,000 hotspots, a benefit, the company says, of a corresponding DataConnect and/or DataConnect Pass plan. It will set you back $49.99 after a two-year service agreement, minimum data plan and mail-in rebate.
AT&T has also introduced the USBConnect Shockwave from Sierra Wireless. Its the first of the carriers LaptopConnect devices built ready to run on AT&T’s planned HSPA+ network upgrade. The carrier expects to upgrade to this next evolution of 3G network technology by the end of 2010. Shockwave installs in about 60 seconds and is free with a two-year contract, data plan and mail-in rebate.
A third new modem from AT&T is the USBConnect 900 from Huawei that is compatible with the AT&T DataConnect Pass prepaid, pay-as-you-go service, which doesnt require a long-term contract. It costs $79.99. Users choose from three DataConnect Pass Options: Day Pass (100 MB) for $15; Week Pass (300 MB) for $30; or Month Pass (1 GB) for $50.
With the planned deployment of HSPA+ technology later this year, combined with the continued rollout of expanded backhaul, AT&T will have increased our 3G download or upload speeds multiple times in five years,” said Michael Woodward, vice president, Mobile Phone Portfolio, AT&T Mobility and Consumer Markets. We have purposefully planned our path to LTE to create a wireless network where the transition from 3G does not give customers wireless whiplash.”