ATT to release two LTE devices before it has a working LTE

ATT to release two LTE devices before it has a working LTE

first_imgEveryone has been waiting eagerly for phones to start offering 4G LTE speeds. Yesterday we found out that Apple’s carrier partners are testing iPhones with LTE capability and for a moment there, it made us hopeful that we’d be seeing LTE in the upcoming iPhone. Whether the iPhone 5 will feature LTE or not, one of the iPhone’s carriers, AT&T, just announced two new LTE devices. Unfortunately, they’re not phones.The USBConnect Momentum 4G, and Mobile Hotspot Elevate 4G are the two new products from AT&T that will offer LTE capabilities. Though they’re not phones, the laptop tethering devices are the first to run on AT&T’s new network. That being said, the products are being released before AT&T even has its LTE network up and running. Perhaps AT&T is jumping the gun a bit here.The devices will still work; they just won’t be running at LTE speeds. Until the LTE network starts up, the tethering devices will use AT&T’s HSPA+, which is almost 4G, but not quite.The Elevate works similar to the MiFi. The 4G-powered WiFi hotspot allows you to connect up to five devices. The USBConnect Momentum will bring your laptop into the LTE network via USB. The devices cost $69.99 and $49.99 respectively.What you can’t afford to do is forget about the data fees. Both devices call for a new two-year contract, and data plans start at $50 for 5GB. If you go over your allowance, you’ll be charged $10 per GB.For those of you who already own a USB Connect Adrenaline, you’ll be able to upgrade your firmware, enabling LTE support starting August 26.Both these new products will be available as of August 21.So why is AT&T releasing products for a network that’s not even available yet? Perhaps AT&T wants to get its name out there as the company that carries LTE devices in a bid to get consumers signing up early.via TechCrunchlast_img

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