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November 8, 2009

AT&T unveils new 3G LaptopConnect device

Compatible with HSPA 7.2 technology

By CBR Staff Writer

AT&T has unveiled a new 3G LaptopConnect device from Sierra Wireless, the AT&T USBConnect Lightning, which it claims to deliver enhanced mobile broadband performance on its 3G network.

According to AT&T, the new device is compatible with its high speed packet access 7.2 technology. It

is built into a design that includes an illuminated face plate and USB hinge for use with different laptop designs. With the company’s global network compatibility, the device has access to more than 20,000 Wi-Fi hotspots.

The new device comes pre-loaded with AT&T Communication Manager (ACM) 7.0 software to help customers manage their connections. The newly revamped communication manager will automatically connect users to an AT&T hot spot, the company said.

Michael Woodward, vice president of AT&T Mobility and Consumer Markets, said: The Lightning is a high-performing device compatible with our latest HSPA technology. As we continue our 3G network evolution, we are building a solid portfolio of HSPA 7.2 devices to meet the future needs of our customers.

Dan Schieler, senior vice president at Sierra Wireless, said: The USBConnect Lightning offers an innovative, eye-catching lighted design with a swivel hinge for flexible use in horizontally or vertically oriented USB ports, and we are pleased to offer it exclusively to AT&T customers as the company deploys HSPA 7.2 coverage.

“People continue to expand their use of mobile broadband in their everyday routines wherever they are, and the evolution of the AT&T 3G network and devices like the USBConnect Lightning provide them with the flexibility and freedom to do so.

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The USBConnect Lightning is expected to be available on November 22, 2009 from AT&T online and retail stores. It will available at no cost after a $100 mail-in rebate with a DataConnect Plan of at least $35 a month.

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