AT&T (NYSE: T) is preparing to upgrade its 3G network to HSPA+ (also known as HSPA Evolution) to allow faster data speeds. And to make users sing along the updated network, they’ll need new “HSPA+ ready” products. That said, we’ve spotted two data cards in the carrier’s future lineup.
The first one is Option 393, classic USB-based modem, which we presume also comes with microSD memory card slot. At the maximum signal strength, users should be able to download at 14.4Mbps and upload at 5.76Mbps.
The other modem is Sierra Wireless “Triple Lindy,” a dual form factor ExpressCard/PCMCIA modem a la AirCard 402. Speed wise, this one should enable speeds of up to 21.1Mbps on downlink and up to 11.5Mbps on uplink. That’s pure theory at the moment, but who knows, maybe one of you live near AT&T’s antenna and will be able to come close to these speeds on his/her laptop. First, of course, we need to see AT&T rolling out HSPA+ upgrade – it’s easier afterwards…
[Via: Engadget Mobile]