AT&T has been promising the launch of its LTE-based 4G network for some time now. Today the company got closer to that wireless network launch with the announcement of the first two devices that will be compatible with the faster network. The LTE technology that AT&T is using is supposed to be the same as Verizon's growing 4G network although AT&T claims its version will be even faster.
The first device announced is the AT&T Mobile Hotspot Elevate 4G (shown above). The hotspot product will allow up to five other products like smartphones, laptops and tablets to log in via WiFi connections so they can use the LTE wireless network. The hotspot will have an LCD screen that will show things like battery and signal strength, data usage and more. The price of the hotspot will be $69.99 with a $50 mail in rebate.
For those folks who don't want to share their LTE connection with anyone, AT&T will also sell the AT&T USBConnect Momentum 4G. The USB device will allow owners of laptops to connect to the LTE network. It will also allow the use to connect to AT&T's many WiFi hot spots for free. It will be priced at $49.99 with a $50 mail in rebate.
The LTE network is still supposed to launch sometime later this summer in a small amount of US cities including Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, and San Antonio. At least 15 cities and metro areas will have LTE support from AT&T by the end of the year. However it will still be far behind Verizon's LTE network which has already launched in over 100 cities.
Image via AT&T