AT&T Announces Pair of LTE Connected Devices (UPDATED)

by Sean P. Aune | July 12, 2011

AT&T announced this morning that it is releasing two new 4G LTE devices to help you get connected to all of that high speed data while on the go. The AT&T Momentum will plug into your computer for mobile data while the AT&T Elevate will allow you to share it with some friends as well.

While AT&T is still in the early days of rolling out its LTE network, they’re trying to make sure that the devices are out there for customers to take advantage of those new speeds.  “AT&T recognizes that customers want a consistent, responsive network performance from major cities to their neighborhood. Our deployment of 4G LTE technology backed by our nationwide HSPA+ network allows us to give customers a superior mobile broadband experience today and for years to come,” said Jeff Bradley, senior vice president, Devices, AT&T Mobility and Consumer Markets. “As we begin to roll out our 4G LTE network this year, AT&T customers will be able to choose from several new LTE devices, starting with the AT&T USBConnect Momentum 4G and AT&T Mobile Hotspot Elevate 4G.”

The carrier is hoping to have LTE rolled out to 15 markets by the end of this year which will cover roughly 70 million Americans.  With the lack of a wide deployment thus far for the bandwidth, the good news is that both of these device have HSPA+ and EDGE rollbacks to cover you.  Pretty much anywhere AT&T is you’ll find coverage of some sort with that many backup technologies included.

AT&T will begin selling the AT&T USBConnect Momentum 4G for $49.99 with two-year contract after a $50 mail- in-rebate. The AT&T Mobile Hotspot Elevate 4G will be available for $69.99 with 2-year contract and after a $50 mail-in rebate. Both devices will be available this summer online and in company-owned retail stores.

AT&T Momentum

AT&T USBConnect Momentum 4G Tech Specs

  • LTE (700/AWS)
  • HSPA+/HSPA/UMTS (850/1900/2100 MHz)
  • EDGE/GPRS (850/900/1800/1900 MHz)
  • Expandable Memory: MicroSD up to 32 GB
  • GPS capable
  • Dimensions: 2.6’ L x 1.02’ W x 0.51’ H
  • Weight: Approximately 1.06 ounces
  • OS Support: Apple Mac OS (v10.5 or later), Microsoft Windows 7, Vista, XP SP3 (32 bit only)

AT&T Elevate

AT&T Mobile Hotspot Elevate 4G

  • LTE (700/AWS)
  • HSPA+/HSPA (850/1900/2100 MHz)
  • EDGE/GPRS (850/900/1800/1900 MHz)
  • Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n
  • WPS (Wi-Fi Protected Setup) enabled
  • Display: 1.77 inches, 160×128 pixels color LCD
  • Web UI for settings and advanced features
  • GPS capable
  • Dimensions: 3.8″ L x 2.2″ W x 0.7″ D
  • Weight: 3.6 ounces
  • Battery: 1800 mAh
  • Expandable Memory: MicroSD up to 32 GB
  • Use time: Up to 5hours
  • Supported OS: Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP, Mac OS (v10.5 or later), Ubuntu Linux 9.04

What do you think of the two new devices?  Any interest?

UPDATE: We heard back from AT&T about the MicroSD cards.  There was no information in the initial release beyond they existed and you could use them for up to a 32GB card.  After emailing them with our suspicion these devices could be used as external hard drives, they emailed back and confirmed that they indeed can be.  So, beyond getting you online, they will also let you store additional information.

Sean P. Aune

Sean P. Aune has been a professional technology blogger since July 2007, but his love of tech dates back to at least 1976 when his parents bought...