AT&T has announced their upcoming release of their new USB dongle modem from Sierra Wireless that will offer LTE in the states on 700/AWS and tri-band HSPA+ 850/1900/2100 as well as quad-band GSM/EDGE networks.
The modem will feature a built-in 96×64 black and white LCD panel that will alert users to carrier signal strength, actual data usage for those on capped plans, battery information, as well as a few other stats. But for those of you that thought when you saw that USB dongle that this device was a one computer kind of modem, well allow us to remedy those worries. The AT&T Beam will not only you user to connect to a computer via USB, but the modem will also include the ability to serve as a mobile hotspot for other devices, GPS, and it will also have a Micro-SD card support. The Beam will be able to support Windows 8 and RT laptops and tablets out of the box.
The Beam will weigh 1.91 ounces and comes in dimensions of 1.97 x 2.58 x 0.46 inches (50 x 65.5 x 11.7mm). Users can expect to see the Beam in AT&T retailers starting on May 10th for around $20 on 2-Year commitment.
[spoiler]AT&T Introduces USB Modem with On-Device LCD Screen on the Nation’s Fastest 4G LTE Network
Dallas, Texas, May 06, 2013
On-the-go customers who want to stay connected with their laptop wherever they are have a new option with the AT&T* Beam from Sierra Wireless,** a 4G LTE*** USB modem with a built-in LCD screen. Beginning May 10th, customers can pick-up the AT&T Beam from AT&T stores and online for $19.99 with a two-year commitment.
The AT&T Beam runs on AT&T 4G LTE, the nation’s fastest 4G LTE network.*** AT&T 4G LTE cover nearly 200 million people, and AT&T plans to cover 300 million people by the end of 2014. AT&T’s 4G LTE network was called “blazing fast” in a report by RootMetrics®, an independent testing organization. The report found AT&T’s 4G LTE network delivered the fastest pure LTE speeds in markets where AT&T provided 4G LTE.****
The AT&T Beam is a USB modem with an on-device LCD screen, giving customers access to helpful information – such as network indicator, signal strength, and data usage – with just a glance. The AT&T Beam includes an expandable memory slot that supports microSDTM cards up to 32 GB in size, another great option for storing and transferring documents quickly and easily. With its global roaming capabilities, you can travel internationally and stay connected in more than 210 countries.
“The LCD screen on the AT&T Beam really makes it stands out from traditional USB modems,” said Jeff Bradley, senior vice president, devices and developer services, AT&T. “This added feature provides real-time information with just a glance. With the support of the nation’s fastest 4G network, our customers have even more flexibility to stay productive wherever they are, giving them more control of their mobile experience.”
AT&T Beam offers quick and easy setup with plug and play software installation. And in addition to Windows 7 support, AT&T Beam is certified for Windows 8 and Windows RT laptops and tablets, making it easy to stay productive on the go. The connectivity software, AT&T AllAccess, also provides Windows 7 laptop users the ability to create a mobile hotspot that can share the nation’s fastest 4G network with up to 10 Wi-Fi enabled devices.[/spoiler]