AT&T offers Apple Mac-compatible BroadBandConnect USB modem

Sierra Wireless today announced the Sierra Wireless AirCard 875U USB modem will be available from AT&T, offering high-speed BroadbandConnect network connectivity in a small, easy-to-use device that connects to a USB port.

Like the Sierra Wireless AirCard 875 LaptopConnect card, the AirCard 875U USB modem offers tri-band UMTS/HSDPA connectivity, making it compatible with mobile broadband networks worldwide, with data speeds up to 3.6 Mbps (megabits per second). The new USB form factor allows AT&T to extend wireless service to computers without PC card slots.

“Adding the Sierra Wireless AirCard 875U USB modem to our LaptopConnect card portfolio enables us to deliver mobile data service to a broader group of customers, including some who previously had no way of accessing it,” said Laura Johnson, senior director, wireless enterprise solutions, for AT&T, in the press release. “The AirCard 875U modem is a one device, one rate plan global solution that provides worldwide 3G connectivity in a familiar USB format that is simple to set up and use and works with virtually any notebook.”

“As notebook computers become ever more compact, there are many users without a PC card slot who are looking for an alternative,” said Dan Schieler, senior vice president, Worldwide Sales for Sierra Wireless, in the press release. “The AirCard 875U offers the same reliable, high quality performance customers have come to expect from our AirCard products, and the flip-out USB connector allows customers to purchase it with the confidence that it will be compatible with not only their current laptop, but also with one they may be planning to buy in the future.”

The Sierra Wireless AirCard 875U USB modem will be available May 7 in Cingular Wireless retail stores, online at http://www.cingular.com, through AT&T’s wireless business-to-business sales organization and select national retailers. The Sierra Wireless AirCard 875U is available for as low as $49.99 with a two-year contract and mail-in rebate.

AirCard 875U USB Modem:
• Plugs directly into the USB ports of notebook computers, to offer an alternative for customers without PC card slots
• Transfers data at speeds up to 3.6 Mbps on an HSDPA network
• Includes an internal battery to ensure optimal performance
• Supports both Microsoft Windows and Macintosh operating systems (For information regarding Mac OS support, see http://www.sierrawireless.com/mac).

More information about the Sierra Wireless AirCard 875U USB modem: http://www.sierrawireless.com/product/usbmodem.aspx

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Another Irish Dude” for the heads up.]

23 Comments

  1. Does this release announcement actually say anything about support for Macintosh computers? The wireless card AT&T already sells for computers with pc card slots is not supported on Macintosh computers.

  2. “• Supports both Microsoft Windows and Macintosh operating systems (For information regarding Mac OS support, see http://www.sierrawireless.com/mac).”

    @alansky
    Read the entire article before making such comments.

    I dont have much to say personally about this item, it is of no use to me at this moment since I can find wireless connections anywhere I go with the military but it may prove usefull when I get out and decide to go crosscountry in a van with my macbook and would need a more secure internet connection. ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”smile” style=”border:0;” />

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