AT&T has recently launched the USBConnect Momentum, which is one of its first dedicated 4G LTE devices.
Manufactured by Sierra Wireless, the device is 1.02” wide, 2.6” high and 0.51” thick. The device weighs just 45 gms (1.6 oz).
The body is made up of black plastic with shiny finish and certainly doesn’t feel cheap. The USB connector is made up of metal and the hinge can be rotated. Thus, the modem can easily be plugged into both horizontal and vertical USB ports.
Sliding and removing the back cover of the device gives user access to the SIM slot and a microSD card slot. The device supports microSD cards of capacity up to 32 GB. This is a really cool feature as one need not carry a separate storage device for carrying their important data.
Just plug in the device to your laptop and follow the easy to use Sierra Wireless Setup Wizard and you’ll be up and running within minutes. The device supports Windows XP SP3 (32-bit), Windows Vista, Windows 7 and Mac OS (v10.5 and above).
The device supports 4G LTE (700/AWS), HSPA+, UMTS, GSM/GPRS/EDGE (850/900/1800/1900 MHz) networks. Currently AT&T 4G LTE network will be made available in select areas of Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, and San Antonio. AT&T recently demoed the 4G LTE speeds at its corporate offices in Plano, Texas. The download speed observed was 28.7 Mbps and the upload speed reported was 10.4 Mbps. This is insane when we compare it to Verizon’s 4G LTE network speeds (Download 5-12 Mbps, Upload 2-5 Mbps).
It’s too bad that AT&T will roll out HSPA+ (with enhanced backhaul) in other areas and label it as 4G LTE. AT&T claims that the HSPA+ network with enhanced backhaul will deliver near 4G LTE speeds which will be 4 times faster than the current AT&T mobile broadband speeds.
So if you are living in one of the above 5 areas, it makes sense to buy this device right now or else wait for the AT&T to roll out HSPA+ (with enhanced backhaul) in your area.
The device is available from AT&T for $49.99 with a 2-year plan or for $249.99 without any plan. The price for data plan is pretty decent – $50 per month with 5GB data allowance and $10 per GB after you run out of your monthly data allowance.