LTE enabled mobile broadband devices from AT&T are expected to launch on 8/21, actual roll out of LTE network will follow later
AT&T announced today that they’ll be bringing to market the Sierra Wireless manufactured USBConnect Momentum 4G and Elevate 4G starting on August 21st. However, their LTE network won’t be fully operational by then, but rather, it’s believed to become available sometime soon down the road – albeit, no concrete date is pinned down. Regardless, both devices will have the ability to rely on Category 14 HSPA+ in the meantime, which offers theoretical maximum download speeds of 21Mbps.
With the AT&T USBConnect Momentum 4G, priced at $49.99 on-contract, it’s your typical USB dongle that’ll provide your computer with wireless freedom. Conversely, the $69.99 on-contract AT&T Mobile Elevate 4G might appeal to a broader audience since it offers all the flexibility of any mobile hotspot device out there, but it packs a 1.77” LCD display that shows relevant information. Fortunately, both devices offer microSD card slots, built-in GPS, and support for Apple computers out of the box.
Furthermore, AT&T also announced that their existing USBConnect Adrenaline would be updated to support LTE connectivity on August 26th. Still, the availability to AT&T’s LTE network will be limited to 5 markets when it launches – these include Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, and San Antonio.
source: AT&T via Phonescoop