It’s time to hop up on the internet and get the latest news and reviews, but there is nary a WiFi hotspot in site. AT&T is addressing the road warrior in all of us with two new devices designed for their 3G BroadbandConnect service. You’ll be able to access mobile internet anywhere you go thanks to either the Option GT Max 3.6 Express ExpressCard or the USB-powered Sierra Wireless AirCard 875U.
Both devices are “slim and stylish” and let you latch onto AT&T’s 3G coverage in 165 major markets. Receiving a 1MB file takes about 15 seconds on average. When you find yourself outside of the 3G coverage area, these devices will fall back on the slower EDGE standard. Through international data-roaming agreements, both the Option GT Max 3.6 Express and the Sierra Wireless AirCard 875U can be used in 125 other countries as well.
The Option GT Max 3.6 Express — availablw now — will fit in ExpressCard/34 and ExpressCard/54 slots, whereas the Sierra Wireless AirCard 875U — shipping May 7 — gets connected via an available USB port. Both devices are compatible with Windows XP, 2000, and Vista. Customers will also be able to download an Apple Mac client at no charge from the Sierra Wireless Web site (http://www.sierrawireless.com/mac ).
Prices start at $49.99 with a two-year contract and mail-in rebate.