AT&T has introduced the first LaptopConnect devices that’ll support the HSPA+ or LTE network technologies. The first LTE-capable device will be “USBConnect Adrenaline” from LG, and the first device supporting HSPA+ will be USBConnect Shockwave from Sierra Wireless.
USBConnect Adrenaline can be used on AT&T 3G network right now, but will support LTE once the network is ready to go. AT&T estimates that LTE will be available in select markets beginning in 2011. Adrenaline also has a built-in GPS transciever, and a microSD memory slot supporting up to 32GB memory cards. It’ll be available for $49.99 after a two-year service agreement, minimum data plan and mail-in-rebate.
Like Adrenaline, USBConnect Shockwave is usable on 3G signals available today, but will be able to take advantage of the faster HSPA+ network when it rolls out later this year. With a two-year service contract, AT&T is giving the Shockwave away for free.