ATnT and Sierra Wireless today announced the availability of the USBConnect 881, a new, easy-to-use wireless USB data device. Here is more info:
"The ATnT USBConnect 881 automatically installs ATnT Communication Manager when first used with Microsoft Windows Vista, XP and 2000 notebooks. This eliminates the need for an installation CD to provide a plug-and-play experience for most users.
The AT&T USBConnect 881 enables laptop owners to quickly and easily send and receive e-mail and access the Internet on AT&T's 3G High Speed Packet Access (HSPA) BroadbandConnect wireless network. This network has upload speeds between 500 Kbps and 800 Kbps and enhanced download speeds ranging between 600 Kbps and 1,400 Kbps. The faster download speeds provide an optimal wireless Internet-browsing experience, and the faster upload speeds will enhance users' ability to send large files, such as e-mail with attachments, photos or business documents.
AT&T is the first U.S. carrier to deploy enhanced upload speeds through High Speed Uplink Packet Access (HSUPA) in its HSPA network. HSPA is the latest generation of mobile broadband technology based upon the global standard for wireless ? GSM.
The AT&T USBConnect 881 can be used internationally in 139 countries, so it is an ideal choice for international travelers. In addition, the USBConnect 881 works seamlessly across HSPA and EDGE/GPRS networks and provides customers with the ideal mix of coverage and performance whether they are traveling across town, the U.S. or the world. AT&T's nationwide EDGE network is the largest national high speed wireless data network in the U.S.
AT&T offers a variety of DataConnect rate plans, including an unlimited data plan for $59.99 a month for customers, with a two-year contract. AT&T's DataConnect North American plan of 100MB for $109.99 a month provides for usage in select Canada and Mexico roam zones, as well as unlimited domestic use. The DataConnect Global plan of 100MB for $139.99 a month covers additional data usage in select roam zones in more than two dozen countries, including many European countries, India, China, South Korea and Japan.
AT&T HSUPA Deployment The deployment of HSUPA will complete the transition of the AT&T 3G network to HSPA standards. HSDPA technology is deployed today across the company's 3G footprint, which includes more than 220 U.S. major metropolitan areas. HSUPA will be added throughout the network in the remainder of 2007 and early 2008, and new AT&T 3G deployments moving forward will include both HSPA technologies.
HSUPA technology initially provides enhanced upload speeds for laptop users. AT&T launched its first HSUPA device, the AirCard 881, in October. Additional LaptopConnect cards and other HSUPA-compatible devices are expected to be certified by AT&T later this year and in 2008.
The HSPA network enhancements demonstrate AT&T's continuing commitment to deploying a network that delivers the industry's best wireless experience. Over the past three years, the company has invested more than $18 billion to build the scope and capability of its wireless network while focusing on the service criteria that matter the most to customers ? widespread voice and data coverage, high speed data connectivity, service flexibility and service reliability and quality.
The AT&T USBConnect 881 will be available for purchase across AT&T sales channels starting Nov. 14. The USBConnect 881 will be available for $49.99 with a new two-year DataConnect contract of $59.99 a month or higher. The service can be purchased at AT&T retail stores nationwide, online at www.wireless.att.com and through AT&T's business-to-business sales organizations."