AT and T announced a significantly enhanced LaptopConnect portfolio as the company launched today the Option GT Max 3.6 Express ExpressCard; and in early May the Sierra Wireless AirCard 875U mobile broadband device for USB ports. Both devices are powered by 3G BroadbandConnect service, giving customers the perfect mix of performance and coverage in new device designs that are slim and stylish.
The Option GT Max 3.6 Express and Sierra Wireless AirCard 875U provide notebook owners with the latest advanced data technology so that they can stay connected whether traveling across town, the U.S. or the world. The Option and Sierra Wireless devices can be used in conjunction with AT&T BroadbandConnect in more than 165 major markets ? where users can download a 1 megabyte file in about 15 seconds on average ? and outside 3G-coverage areas on AT&T?s nationwide* EDGE high speed wireless data network. In addition, both devices can be used in 125 countries, where AT&T has international data-roaming agreements, and are the only single-device, single-rate-plan and global 3G solution offered by a U.S. wireless carrier for their device types.
?The Option GT Max 3.6 Express and Sierra Wireless AirCard 875U devices provide users with mobile broadband performance in stylish form factors that are easy to set up and use,? said Laura Johnson, senior director, enterprise solutions, of the AT&T wireless unit. ?Customers can leverage these new form factors when remote from their office or home with their favorite notebook to gain mobile broadband access to business applications, e-mail and the Internet.?
The Option GT Max 3.6 Express has been designed to work in newer notebooks with ExpressCard slots, and it features a flip-up antenna and Advanced Receiver Technology for improved 3G performance. The GT Max 3.6 Express is compatible in notebooks with ExpressCard/34 and ExpressCard/54 slots and supports Microsoft Windows XP, 2000 and Vista.
The Sierra Wireless AirCard 875U mobile broadband device is an easy-to-use mobile broadband device and plugs directly into the standard USB port in notebooks. A simple, four-step setup process means that customers will be up-and-running in minutes. The AirCard 875U features an integrated battery to ensure optimal performance, and it supports Microsoft Windows XP, 2000 and Vista. Customers will also be able to download an Apple Mac client at no charge from the Sierra Wireless Web site (http://www.sierrawireless.com/mac).
The Option GT Max 3.6 Express is on sale today, and the Sierra Wireless AirCard 875U device will be available on May 7 in former Cingular Wireless retail stores (now AT&T), online at www.cingular.com, and through AT&T?s wireless business-to-business sales organization and select national retailers. Both are available for as low as $49.99 with a two-year contract and mail-in rebate.
AT&T?s unlimited DataConnect rate plan is available for $59.99 for customers with a two-year contract and qualifying AT&T wireless voice plan. AT&T?s DataConnect North American plan of 100 megabytes for $109 a month provides for usage in select Canada and Mexico roam zones. DataConnect Global plan of 100 megabytes for $139 a month covers data usage in select roam zones in more than two dozen countries including many European countries, India, China and Japan. Both plans also include unlimited domestic data usage.