AT&T Readies USB Modems Upgradable To LTE, HSPA+
By Joseph Palenchar On Oct 18 2010 - 4:01am
– AT&T unveiled its first mobile-broadband
modems that users can upgrade to the HSPA+ and 4G
LTE cellular-data technologies, but the carrier declined
to specify whether they would be available this year.
One is the LG-made AT&T USBConnect Adrenaline,
which can be upgraded by the end user to 4G LTE technology
and which AT&T plans to launch in select markets
beginning sometime in 2011. The other USB modem
is the Sierra Wireless-made AT&T USBConnect
Shockwave, which can be upgraded to HSPA+. AT&T
described HSPA+ as the “next evolution of 3G network
technology, while competitor T-Mobile said it delivers 4G
speeds. AT&T will launch HSPA + service by the end of
Both modems will operate on AT&T’s current HSPA
The LTE-upgradable Adrenaline will cost $49.99 with
two-year service agreement and minimum data plan. The
price is after $100 mail-in rebate, which takes the form of
a promotion card. The Shockwave will be free after $100
mail-in rebate with two-year contract and minimum data plan.
The free upgrades can be accomplished through the
carrier’s AT&T Communication Manager or AT&T Global
Network Clients on a laptop.
Adrenaline is equipped with an internal antenna, multiple-
OS support, built-in GPS for enterprise applications,
a multi-color LED status indicator, and a MicroSD memory
card slot supporting cards up to 32GB.
Both devices can be used to access Wi-Fi hotspots,
including AT&T’s more than 23,000 hot spots, as part of
an accompanying DataConnect or DataConnect Pass
“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 AT&T VP Michael Woodward.