AT&T 4G Broadband Cards & Mobile Hotspot

AT&T 4G Mobile Hotspots & USB Broadband Cards | 2011

This is a dated review. For the most recent info, check out AT&T Elevate 4G Vs. Momentum 4G | Which Should You Get?.

Since last year, AT&T has shelved all but 1 old faithful broadband card in favor of new devices such as their MiFi 2372 and 4G broadband cards.

 

AT&T AirCard & Broadband Card Lineup

AT&T AirCard/Broadband Card att-usbconnect-adrenaline att-usbconnect-shockwave-4g att-usbconnect-velocity

Full Review

AT&T USBConnect Adrenaline

AT&T USBConnect Shockwave 4G

AT&T USBConnect Velocity by Option

Video Review

Review starts @ 1:26

Form Factor

USB Broadband Card

USB Broadband Card

USB Broadband Card

Interactive Guide/Tutorial

tutorial

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N/A

Max Download Speed

3G (7.2 Mbps)

4G (upgradeable)

3G (7.2 Mbps)

4G (upgradeable)

3G (7.2 Mbps)

OS Support

Windows 7, Vista, XP SP3, Apple Mac OS 10.4 or later

Windows 7, Vista, XP SP3, Apple Mac OS 10.4 or later

Windows 7, Vista, XP SP3, Apple Mac OS 10.4 or later

Network Support

2G (GPRS/EDGE)

3G (UMTS/HSPA)

4G (LTE)

2G (GPRS/EDGE)

3G (UMTS/HSPA)

4G (LTE)

2G (GPRS/EDGE)

3G (UMTS/HSPA)

GPS

No

No

Yes

Extra Storage

up to 32GB microSD

up to 32 GB microSD

Up to 16 GB microSD

What Makes It Different?

4G Capable

4G Capable

Turn-by-Turn GPS Navigation

Price

$50 from AT&T

Free from AT&T

Free from AT&T

Notes

Skip this, it’s bulky

Best of the bunch

Skip it. Not 4G compatible.

 

AT&T Mobile Hotspots

AT&T Mobile Hotspot att-mifi-2372

Full Review

AT&T MiFi 2372

Video Review

Form Factor

Mobile Hotspot

Interactive Guide/Tutorial

tutorial

Max Download Speed

3G (7.2 Mbps)

OS Support

Anything that works via WiFi

Network Support

2G (GPRS/EDGE)

3G (UMTS/HSPA)

GPS

Yes

Extra Storage

up to 32GB microSD

What Makes It Different?

It’s AT&T’s only mobile hotspot

Price

$50 from AT&T

Notes

You may want to wait until they come out with a 4G version.

 

Retired Models:

 

Which Device Should You Get?

att-usbconnect-shockwave-4g

If you’re interested in broadband cards (also known as AirCards), the AT&T USBConnect Shockwave 4G is the device of choice.

It allows you to future proof yourself for AT&T’s upcoming 4G LTE upgrades as well as access their faster 3G HSPA+ current speeds being launched in multiple cities throughout 2011.

If you’re interested in a mobile hotspot, it may be worth your time to hold off on the AT&T MiFi 2372 since it’s not 4G upgradeable.

The last thing you want is to be stuck paying for faster speeds that your device can’t access.

If you do decide to go with the AT&T USBConnect Shockwave, you’ll want to see AT&T’s 4G plans, 4G speeds and 4G coverage reviews respectively. You’ll learn how 4G can save you $10 a month, how much faster it will be and where you can expect to be covered.

Once you’ve done that, see how AT&T matches up to the competition in the 2011 Mobile Broadband Comparison.

Also in this review:

  1. AT&T 4G Review
  2. AT&T 4G Plans
  3. AT&T Prepaid Mobile Broadband
  4. AT&T 4G Speed
  5. AT&T 4G Coverage
  6. AT&T 4G Broadband Cards & Mobile Hotspots
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2 Comments

  1. Indefinite says:


    Informative and helpful. Thanks!


  2. Mark Ottosen says:


    Slowest ATT USB modems, just read the reviews in PC Mag.
    Bulky and covers several ports when plugged into a USB
    Drops its signal as many as 10 times in one hour (However, it always shows it is connected)
    The software does not load properly, hangs, requires total reboot 30% of the time.
    The software meter is totally inaccurate showing 1 gig remaining one min and then over your limit 5 min later, then shows you have ½ a gig left after a reboot.
    Software uninstalls improperly, leaving old files and folders, then will not reinstall with out their cleanup software download which does not work properly either.
    Customer service admits nothing, takes hours of your time with no outcome what so ever.


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