Press Release posted by Michelle Ruhfass on Thursday February 14, 2008.
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Option GT Ultra and Option GT Ultra Express Available for Use on AT&T's 3G BroadbandConnect HSPA Network
SAN ANTONIO, Feb. 14 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- AT&T Inc. (NYSE:T) announced today two new LaptopConnect cards from Option, the GT Ultra and GT Ultra Express. The new cards deliver enhanced mobile broadband performance across two popular notebook computer formats, PC Card and ExpressCard. Both of these new devices operate seamlessly across AT&T's 3G BroadbandConnect and EDGE networks.
The GT Ultra features a retractable antenna that is compatible in laptops with PC Card (Type II) slots. The GT Ultra Express is compatible with laptops that have ExpressCard (34 mm) slots and features a flip-up antenna for optimal broadband performance. It also automatically installs AT&T Communication Manager when first used with notebooks that have Microsoft(R) Windows Vista(R), Windows XP and Windows 2000(1). This provides a plug-and-play installation experience for most users and eliminates the need for an installation CD. Both cards are tri-band UMTS/HSPA (850/1900/2100 MHz) and GPRS/EDGE (850/900/1800/1900 MHz) compatible, making it easy to connect in more than 140 countries, including Japan and Korea.
"AT&T and Option launched the first tri-band 3G data card in the world in early 2006," said Michael Woodward, AT&T vice president, Business Mobility Products. "This tradition of innovation continues with the latest additions from Option to our LaptopConnect portfolio."
The new Option cards enable laptop owners to quickly and easily send and receive e-mail and access the Internet on AT&T's 3G High Speed Packet Access (HSPA) BroadbandConnect wireless network. This network provides enhanced 3G performance with typical download speeds between 600 Kbps and 1,400 Kbps and typical upload speeds between 500 Kbps and 800 Kbps. The faster download speeds provide an optimal wireless Internet-browsing experience, and the faster upload speeds will enhance users' ability to send large files, such as e-mail with attachments, photos or business documents.
AT&T is the first U.S. carrier to deploy enhanced upload speeds through High Speed Uplink Packet Access (HSUPA) in its HSPA network. HSPA is the latest generation of mobile broadband technology based upon the global standard for wireless - GSM. Users who travel outside of a 3G coverage area seamlessly fall back to the EDGE network, the largest national high speed wireless data network in the U.S.
Both the Option GT Ultra and GT Ultra Express are each compatible with Microsoft Windows Vista, Windows XP, Windows 2000 and Apple(R) Mac(R) OS X (version 10.4.10 or later) notebooks.
Pricing and Availability
Option GT Ultra and GT Ultra Express will be available for $49.99 after a mail-in rebate and a new two-year DataConnect contract of at least $60 a month. For a limited time beginning Feb. 15, both devices will be free after the two-year contract and an additional rebate. The devices will be sold at AT&T retail stores nationwide, online at http://www.wireless.att.com/ and through AT&T's business-to-business sales organizations. To download a free Mac client, visit http://support.option.com/att/. Option's Mac client - GT Mac Connect - supports Tiger v10.4.10 (and later) and Leopard Operating Systems.
For the complete array of AT&T offerings, please visit http://www.att.com/.
AT&T Inc. (NYSE:T) is a premier communications holding company. Its subsidiaries and affiliates, AT&T operating companies, are the providers of AT&T services in the United States and around the world. Among their offerings are the world's most advanced IP-based business communications services and the nation's leading wireless, high speed Internet access and voice services. In domestic markets, AT&T is known for the directory publishing and advertising sales leadership of its Yellow Pages and YELLOWPAGES.COM organizations, and the AT&T brand is licensed to innovators in such fields as communications equipment. As part of its three-screen integration strategy, AT&T is expanding its TV entertainment offerings. Additional information about AT&T Inc. and the products and services provided by AT&T subsidiaries and affiliates is available at http://www.att.com/.
Michelle is MobileBurn.com's Managing Editor, and is responsible for sourcing devices for reviews.