AT&T is quite literally making the jump to hyperspace. After months and months of promoting their fake “4G” HSPA+ network and enticing users to join the “nations largest 4G network”, AT&T has finally announced their first pair of real 4G LTE devices.
Today AT&T showed off the Momentum 4G and Elevate 4G, but they are not phones, unfortunately. The Momentum 4G is basic laptop connect card, and the Elevate 4G is a sleek mobile hotspot (MiFi) device. These devices coincide with the launch of AT&T’s new 4G broadband network, which will be making appearances in Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, and San Antonio sometime this summer.
AT&T has gone on record as saying that the new 4G LTE (Long Term Evolution) is more than three times faster than its current “4G” network, and will be about ten times faster than their 3G network. We all know that AT&T is behind the 8-ball in the race for fastest 4G network. Verizon currently is touting the only other 4G LTE network, and Sprint has their very fast WiMax network.
The USBConnect Momentum 4G laptop card will include microSD card slot for an expandable 32GB of storage. It will cost $49.99 and require a new 2-year agreement with AT&T.
The mobile hotspot, Elevate 4G, is probably the coolest of the two devices. It offers a small 1.77 inch color LCD display, that will show some network statistics and the security key. The Elevate 4G weighs in at about 3.6 ounces, so its nice and compact. It will go for $69.99 and will also require a new 2-year agreement.
This is a definitely a jump in the right direction for the soon-to-be largest wireless carrier in the U.S. Let’s just hope the speeds match up to Verizon’s, but we’ll just have to wait and see.