AT&T Momentum 4G and Elevate 4G HSPA+LTE USBConnect release date in this summer; Prices announced
AT&T is still working to get its 4G LTE network online, but has gone ahead and announced its first two LTE devices anyway. The telecommunications giant plans to show off a laptop card called the USBConnect Momentum 4G and a mobile hot-spot device called the Elevate 4G–the first two devices that are compatible with its upcoming next-generation wireless network. The two products will be on display at an annual company showcase later today.
The Elevate appears to be an AT&T-branded version of the Sierra Wireless AirCard 754S. It’s a black rectangle with rubbery edges and a 1.77-inch, 160-by-128-pixel LCD screen on the front. It looks a lot like Sprint’s Overdrive Pro hotspot, with rubber bumpers tacked onto the sides. It’s about the size of a deck of cards.
The Elevate’s LCD screen offers more information than your average hotspot. For instance, there’s a progress bar that shows how much of your monthly data cap you’ve eaten up so far, as well as battery and signal indicators, and a number showing how many Wi-Fi devices are connected.
The Momentum, which appears to be an AT&T version of the Sierra Wireless AirCard 313U/320U, is a large, flat, rectangular modem with a swiveling USB port. The modem supports both Windows and Mac PCs, and has a built-in MicroSD card reader.
Both the USBConnect 4G and Mobile Hotspot Elevate 4G feature triband HSPA+ roll-back for when you’re outside of LTE coverage, together with quadband GSM/EDGE for when your signal gets really spotty; there’s also GPS. The chunky USB modem measures 2.6 x 1.05 x 0.51 inches and supports up to 32GB microSDHC cards; it’ll work with PCs and Macs. Meanwhile, the mobile hotspot has WiFi b/g/n support, a 160 x 128 color status display, and an 1800 mAh battery good for up to eight hours use.
AT&T isn’t saying exact dates, but the USBConnect 4G will drop for $49.99 with a two-year agreement and after a $50 mail-in rebate, while the Mobile Hotspot Elevate 4G will be $69.99 with the same conditions. As for the data packages, they’re updated as follows:
50MB package for $24.99/month compared to the current 20MB package for $24.99/month
125MB package for $49.99/month compared to the current 50MB package for $59.99/month
275MB package for $99.99/month compared to the current 100MB package for $119.99/month
800MB package for $199.99/month compared to the current 200MB package for $199.99/month