On Tuesday, AT&T revealed both the launch date and data pricing for its first two LTE devices. The USBConnect Momentum 4G and the Mobile Hotspot Elevate 4G will be launched on August 21, 2011. According to AT&T, the monthly data rate for 5 gigabytes of data is $50 with a $10 charge for any addition data consumed.
The two LTE devices will operate on the 4G LTE network. According to AT&T, if a customer moves outside the LTE network the device will default to the HSPA+ network, which provides 4G speeds that are up to four times faster than mobile broadband speeds.
The USBConnect Adrenaline, an LTE-upgradeable device, will be available for updates to LTE beginning on August 26, says the telecom provider.
AT&T has also announced plans to roll out its 4G LTE network in five new markets- Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Houston and San Antonio - later this summer. According to the telecom provider, by the end of 2011 it hopes to have at least 15 LTE markets covering 70 million Americans.
The USBConnect Momentum 4G cost $49.99 and requires a two-year contract, and the Mobile Hotspot Elevate 4G costs $69.99, also with a two-year contract. Both LTE devices will be available next week both in stores and online, according to AT&T.
The LTE devices seem to price up well with AT&T’s data plan for the iPhone, which charges $25 per month for two gigabytes of data and a $10 charge for addition data used. Rumors have been circulating about an LTE iPhone, but so far nothing has been confirmed.
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