AT&T’s First 4G LTE Devices Won’t Be Smartphones

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AT&T has announced the first two devices that will be compatible to the provider’s upcoming 4G LTE network, though neither will be a smartphone.

AT&T USBConnect Momentum 4GThe first device, the AT&T USBConnect Momentum 4G — a sleek, black, flat, rectangular modem with a revolving USB port — will support both Windows and Mac OS. While the second accessory, the AT&T Mobile Hotspot Elevate 4G — a black rectangle with a 1.77-inch, 160 x 128 pixel LCD front screen — will connect up to five Wi-Fi enabled devices to the LTE network. Both devices will have microSD card slots that allow them to offer data storage.

AT&T will launch its 4G LTE service this summer, though initially it will only reach five markets: Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Houston and San Antonio. The carrier plans to extend its network to at least 15 markets, hoping to cover 70 million Americans by the end of 2011. 

AT&T Mobile Hotspot Elevate 4GBoth the Momentum and the Elevate will fall back to HSPA+ speeds when out of the LTE coverage, though it is unclear how fast the HSPA+ modems are. 

AT&T will certainly introduce LTE-enabled smartphones later on, so phone users shouldn’t feel snubbed since they’re basically following in the footsteps of their rivals. When Sprint, T-Mobile, and Verizon brought their 4G networks online, they offered accessories for laptops before they had 4G smartphones.

Price & Availability
The Momentum and Elevate will be available this summer online and in company-owned retail stores for $49.99 and $69.99, respectively, both with a two-year contract and after a $50 mail-in-rebate. 

These two new products will join the USBConnect Adrenaline, which was released in March as part of the first generation of LTE devices for AT&T. Though the Adrenaline currently runs on the carrier’s 3G network, it will be upgraded to enable LTE when the network becomes available. 




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