AT&T Announces Summer Launch of New LTE Modem and Hotspot Devices

AT&T today announced (via Engadget) the forthcoming launch of two new LTE-enabled wireless access devices: the USBConnect Momentum 4G and the Mobile Hotspot Elevate 4G. Both devices are coming "this summer", will support LTE, HSPA+, and earlier technologies, and will offer support for Mac OS X Leopard or later.
With plug-and-play installation that takes about 60 seconds to complete on Windows computers, AT&T USBConnect Momentum 4G customers can access 4G LTE speeds, where available, and when out of range have access to AT&T's nationwide HSPA+ network, delivering 4G speeds when combined with enhanced backhaul. They can also take advantage of unlimited usage on AT&T's entire national Wi-Fi network if using a post-paid data plan, and manage their connections and data usage with the preloaded AT&T Communication Manager.

The company's first 4G LTE mobile hotspot device, the AT&T Mobile Hotspot Elevate 4G, allows access to 4G LTE speeds on up to five Wi-Fi enabled devices in select markets. Email, browse, download presentations and more when you're out and about - without skipping a beat no matter if you are on LTE or AT&T's nationwide HSPA+ network. With no software to install and an LCD screen to guide you, setting up AT&T Mobile Hotspot is fast and easy. Just power it up and connect your laptop using the Wi-Fi network name and security key displayed on the screen. Easily view device and connection status on the LCD, including battery status, signal strength, and data usage.
Pricing is set at $49.99 for the Momentum 4G and $69.99 for the Elevate 4G after $50 mail-in rebates and with two-year contracts.


AT&T is launching its LTE in five markets this summer: Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, and San Diego. The carrier plans to expand the network to at least 15 markets and cover 70 million Americans by the end of the year. AT&T has yet to announce, however, expected real-world data speeds for its LTE network.

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111 months ago
Enjoy the high speed LTE while you can. It will be in the toilet come iPhone 6 in 2012 I'd imagine.

If ATT is going to do LTE, one thing is certain... it is going to stink.


Preliminary tests have shown their network is faster than Verizon's, with them hitting over 20 MB/s. The question will be how much backhaul they have, which shouldn't be an issue at first.
Rating: 5 Votes
111 months ago

If ATT is going to do LTE, one thing is certain... it is going to stink.

I am happy to have a CLEAR 4G + 3G mobile hotspot, why? cause it works. my ATT Iphone is very unreliable.

and no, just cause ATT doesn't reinvest in it's network it is no reason to approve monopolistic behavior in their proposed T-Mobile buyout.

Apple needs to approve Sprint, T-Mobile and other carriers for its products. not keep people reliant on ATT in the US.


From my experience, ATT outperforms Sprint and T-Mobile by a large margin. I get far better downloads on ATT than Sprint (Unless I luck into a Sprint 4G location.) I dread calls from my T-Mobile friends because of drops and they are always borrowing my phone when they can't get signal. I just hope ATT upgrades T-Mobile to their standards after the takeover.
Rating: 4 Votes
111 months ago

How is this Apple news?


A lot of us tether our iPads, iPods, and even our Macbooks. Having 1 hotpsot (read one bill) is better than multiple bills (one per device).
Rating: 3 Votes
111 months ago
If ATT is going to do LTE, one thing is certain... it is going to stink.

I am happy to have a CLEAR 4G + 3G mobile hotspot, why? cause it works. my ATT Iphone is very unreliable.

and no, just cause ATT doesn't reinvest in it's network it is no reason to approve monopolistic behavior in their proposed T-Mobile buyout.

Apple needs to approve Sprint, T-Mobile and other carriers for its products. not keep people reliant on ATT in the US.
Rating: 3 Votes
111 months ago

Just imagine next year ATTs 4G LTE and Tmobiles 42 mbps HSPA+ as a fall back.

since they are launching with 5 markets and are only projecting 15 markets by the end of 2011, I'm not holding my breath.

VZW launched with almost 40 markets LAST YEAR, and plans to have 175 by the end of this year... att 4G is an absolute joke at best.
Rating: 2 Votes
111 months ago

This fascinating for someone, I'm sure.

But, given that this is MacRumors, can we stick to Apple related news, please?!


This was important to me and at&t related, since they sell both iPhones and iPads that could use these modems nicely. Not to mention your Macbooks.
Rating: 2 Votes
111 months ago
Better than Verizon Solution

With AT&T, when you exit a 4G LTE footprint, at least you get HSPA+ (14mb). With Verizon, you are stuck with their slow CDMA (1mb). Of course, once everyone's 4G LTE is fully built out (prob around 2014 timeframe), this won't make a difference. However, 3 years is a long time in "tech" years.
Rating: 2 Votes
111 months ago

You should have switched when Verizon had Unlimited Data.


While that would be nice, I am not a big data user at most 500mb/month. I also have unlimited on AT&T anyway. Also, waiting for the iphone 5 before I do anything

Big cellular data users are people who stream music or videos which I am not interested in doing on my cell phone. I have super fast wired internet access at home which provides that far better than any cellular technology ever could. The whole reason I got the iphone 32gb was to have more than enough storage for videos and audio when traveling.
Rating: 2 Votes
111 months ago
Sweet! 4G at the San Diego Zoo!!
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111 months ago

From my experience, ATT outperforms Sprint and T-Mobile by a large margin. I get far better downloads on ATT than Sprint (Unless I luck into a Sprint 4G location.) I dread calls from my T-Mobile friends because of drops and they are always borrowing my phone when they can't get signal. I just hope ATT upgrades T-Mobile to their standards after the takeover.


Unfortunately most places I go it's the quality of signal(?) that's the problem with AT&T. So many times my iphone 3GS shows full signal bars, yet I can't get any internet activity working (browser, email etc) but text and phone still work. Yes, I have tried to restart and do airplane mode to re-set the internet connection but nope that doesn't work either. My guess is that the frequency band that AT&T often uses sucks, which is why they have such problems...

I am counting down the days to switch to Verizon (or better yet Sprint) provided the iphone 5 is a dual GSM-CDMA phone!
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