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AT&T Readies First 4G LTE Devices

7/12/2011 02:56:12 PM Eastern
Dallas - The first 4G LTE devices for AT&T's planned LTE-network launch this summer will include a USB modem and portable Wi-Fi hot spot.

Both are made by Sierra Wireless and both to be available on the carrier's web site and in company-owned retail stores.

AT&T previously announced plans to launch 4G LTE service in five markets this summer and extend it to at least 15 markets with a population of 70 million by the end of 2011. The first five are Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, and San Antonio.

The USB modem is the AT&T USBConnect Momentum 4G, which will retail for $49.99 with two-year contract after $50 mail-in-rebate. The AT&T Mobile Hotspot Elevate 4G, which connects up to five Wi-Fi devices to AT&T's cellular network, will be available for $69.99 with two-year contract and after a $50 mail-in rebate.

Both feature 4G LTE at 700MHz, 4G HSPA+ speeds in the carrier's U.S. 850/1900MHz HSPA+ markets with enhanced backhaul, and HSPA+ operation in international 2.1GHz markets. Both also offer expandable memory slot that supports MicroSD cards up to 32GB.

 The mobile hotspot features a 1.77-inch display to make setup easier by displaying the Wi-Fi network name and security key to be input on a Wi-Fi-connected device. Users can also view device and connection status on the LCD, including battery status, signal strength and data usage.

 The hot spot features Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, WPS (Wi-Fi Protected Setup), a Web UI for settings and advanced features, GPS, and 1800 mAh battery that lasts up to five hours.
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