New AT&T Mercury USB Laptop Connect Modem Available Tomorrow

By on August 28, 2008 at 5:38 PM.

New AT&T Mercury USB Laptop Connect Modem Available Tomorrow

Starting tomorrow, AT&T customers will have add new flavor of Laptop Connect modem to its selection. Sporting the moniker Mercury, you may already know this little puppy as the Sierra Wireless Compass 885. The Mercury will become available through all channels tomorrow and sports 3G / 2.5G / 2G compatibility. Here are some highlights from AT&T’s spiel:

  • Performance and Coverage
    • Work seamlessly across AT&T’s 3G Broadband Connect and EDGE networks.
    • Tri-band HSPA.
    • There is no need for an installation CD.  The Mercury comes preloaded with ACM 6.8.104 that automatically installs when first inserted into the customer’s laptop.
  • Typical uplink speeds: 500 – 1.2 Mbps
  • EDGE Class 12
  • Plug-and-play USB device provides multiple solutions in a compact form factor
    • Note: For enterprise customers, you can disable the ACM auto install. For assistance, please contact your Sierra Wireless Field Sales representative.
  • Integrated antenna with multi color LED indicator lights for a sleek form factor
  • microSD card slot compatible up to 32 GB for convenient file storage and transfer
  • Global Compatibility: The only single Laptop Connect card, single rate plan, global 3G solution offered today
    • Work internationally in 150 countries including 60 with 3G
      • UMTS/HSPA (850/1900/2100 MHz)
      • GPRS/EDGE (850/900/1800/1900 MHz)

      Not bad at all. Global 3G and EDGE support, automatic installation with no need for a CD, integrated microSD slot with high capacity support; can’t really go wrong. As for pricing, it breaks down like this:

      • Two-year Best Price (with data plan of $60 or higher): Free
      • Two-year: $99.99
      • One-year Best Price:  $74.99
      • One-year: $174.99
      • No Commit: $249.99
      • Nat’l Contract Ref Price:  $279.99

Thanks, Kall!

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AT&T Launching Free WiFi for Laptop Connect; All Smartphones Later in 2008

By on May 19, 2008 at 11:30 PM.

AT&T Launching Free WiFi for Laptop Connect; All Smartphones Later in 2008

Here we go again! AT&T will be doing the free WiFi dance that we’ve all become familiar with, but this time it has nothing to do with iPhones. Starting tomorrow, Tuesday May 20th, all Laptop Connect customers will be able to enjoy free WiFi at each and every AT&T hotspot. AT&T’s internal correspondence on the matter:

Effective tomorrow, May 20th, the long-awaited FREE WiFi Access to over 17,000 WiFi locations throughout the U.S. launches for Laptop Connect Customers with plans $60 or higher. This exciting new feature will allow customers unlimited access to over 17,000 WiFi locations at no extra charge including locations in Starbucks and McDonalds. Customers will need three things for this free access:

  • A laptop card. FREE WiFi for Smartphones is not available yet, but will be later in 2008.
  • The latest version of Communication Manager (version 6.8). Once loaded this version will automatically log onto AT&T hotspots.
  • A Laptop Connect plan of $60 or greater.

Note that first bullet: “FREE WiFi for Smartphones is not available yet, but will be later in 2008.” Does that mean all smartphone users will soon be able to enjoy free WiFi? All of the sudden our drawers full of unlocked smartphones aren’t looking so hot! In the meantime, AT&T Laptop Connect customers, enjoy. Let’s all hope it sticks this time…

[Thanks, Anonymous Tipster]

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