AT&T Announces Free USB Modem With Contract

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News Posted: Thu, Jul 7 2011 12:00 PM

Later this month, AT&T customers will be able to pick up the USBConnect Force 4G modem for no charge. As you would expect, this offer is tied to a two-year agreement. If you’d rather not agree to a contract, you can also opt for a pre-paid DataConnect Pass and pay $89.99 for the modem. The modem supports 4G speeds and also features an expandable memory slot that accepts a microSD memory card.

Connect On The Go With New AT&T USBConnect Force 4G

USB Modem Debuts at No Cost with Contract July 17

Dallas, Texas, July 07, 2011

Key Facts

  • Customers can purchase the USBConnect Force 4G* at no cost with a two-year agreement starting July 17** at AT&T***.
  • Customers who prefer a pre-paid DataConnect Pass can choose the USBConnect Force 4G for $89.99 and can choose data plan options via a built-in activation process.
  • Expandable memory slot supports microSD cards up to 32 GB.
  • Unlimited Wi-Fi access to more than 24,000 AT&T Hot Spots, with a qualifying domestic data plan.
  • Data roaming services (email and Web browsing) available in more than 200 countries.

Customer Benefits

Developed by Huawei, the AT&T USBConnect Force 4G connects your laptop to the nation’s fastest mobile broadband network, allowing customers to access email, browse the Internet, download presentations, attachments and more when they’re on the go. 

Customers simply plug the AT&T USBConnect Force 4G into a USB port on a laptop and follow the intuitive installation instructions to get started whether activating a prepaid DataConnect Pass or after signing up for a post-paid plan. In addition to 4G speeds and an expandable memory slot, the device supports unlimited Wi-Fi usage on the entire national AT&T Wi-Fi Hot Spot network with a qualifying domestic data plan****. AT&T customers traveling abroad also enjoy data services in more than 200 countries*****. 

Available Data Plans

With a two-year agreement, customers can access 5G of data for $50/month. Prepaid customers can choose one of the following DataConnect Pass packages with no long-term contract.   

  • Day: $15 for 100MB
  • Week: $30 for 300MB
  • Month: $50 for 1GB

The data package purchased can only be used for the corresponding duration associated with that value. Customers can pay with credit, debit or a refill card depending on their preference*****. 

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“The AT&T USBConnect Force 4G is a very affordable option for customers who want to quickly access the Internet while they’re mobile,” said Mike Woodward, vice president, Mobile Phone Portfolio, AT&T Mobility and Consumer Markets. “Whether surfing the web or working on the go, AT&T customers can rely on the nation’s fastest mobile broadband network.”  

Specifications

  • HSPA/HSPA+ (850/1900/2100 MHz)
  • EDGE/GPRS (850/900/1800/1900 MHz)
  • 3.43” L x 1.16” W x 0.64”D; 1.13 ounces
  • LED status indicators
  • Integrated microSD card slot (up to 32 GB)
  • Windows® XP SP3, Windows Vista®, Windows 7 compatible
  • Mac® OS X v10.5 or later

Learn more about AT&T USBConnect Force 4G at www.att.com/ATTUSBConnectForce4G.  

*4G speeds delivered by HSPA+ with enhanced backhaul. Available in limited areas. Availability increasing with ongoing backhaul deployment. Requires 4G device. Learn more at att.com/network. 

**Limited-time offer. Mobile broadband and other coverage not available in all areas. Requires two-year agreement with a minimum $50 a month 5 GB DataConnect Plan with an overage rate of $10 per GB provided, if the monthly data allowance is exceeded. Up to $36 Activation Fee applies. Subscriber must live & have a mailing addr. within AT&T’s owned wireless network coverage area. Other restrictions apply. Early Termination Fee: None if cancelled in the first 30 days, but up to $35 restocking fee may apply to returns; thereafter up to $325. Some agents impose additional fees. Sales tax calculated based on price of unactivated equipment. 

***AT&T products and services are provided or offered by subsidiaries and affiliates of AT&T Inc. under the AT&T brand and not by AT&T Inc 

****Wi-Fi enabled device required. Access includes AT&T Wi-Fi Basic. Other restrictions apply. See attwifi.com for details and locations. 

***** DataConnect Pass domestic plans can only be used on AT&T’s wireless network and not with other domestic wireless networks. Requires laptop or netbook with aircard/connect card capable of working on AT&T’s wireless network; Internet access to sign up; and a new SIM card. Time begins expiring immediately upon activation, whether you are using the service or not. DataConnect Pass session fees are non-refundable. Refund policy may vary by place of purchase. Once your time expires or the allotted data is used, whichever occurs first, your data access will cease. For complete terms and conditions, see a store representative or see Session Based Wireless Data Services Agreement at att.com/wirelesslegal.

*****AT&T offers data services in more than 200 countries. International session-based packages also available for laptops/netbooks/tablets in more than 100 countries.

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How long does it take to hit the 2GB data cap while watching Netflix and listening to Pandora? Given that it's less than a week even at EDGE speeds, no thanks, AT&T. I'll stick with Wi-Fi and CAT5e for my data. You can stick your data plans where the Sun don't shine.

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HHGrrl replied on Thu, Jul 7 2011 3:12 PM

I like that this modem has a microSD card slot. Although this feature in and of itself isn't enough to convince me to buy one of these modems, it's still cool to have an additional feature beyond the standard modem. Given the cost, I'll stick with tethering to my phone and an unlimited data plan, however.

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So you watch 3 HD videos on youtube a week and your limit is reached! It is bad enough that ATT is going to overcharge you for everything, now they get to do to people what they did with the phone services! I am sure people will start to see 20 page bills for their internet.

I guess the new generation doesnt remember the early days of cell phones when they lured you in with a free phone, then you get reamed for every minute you go over!

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