Those of you yearning to hop on AT&T's HSUPA highway
with a card other than the recently unveiled AirCard 881
can finally spark up a celebration of your own, as AT&T is now deploying Sierra Wireless's USBConnect 881. As the title insinuates, this bugger connects to your Mac or PC via USB, weighs in at just 1.25-ounces and plays nice with tri-band HSPA and quad-band GSM / GPRS / EDGE networks. AT&T claims that your average download speed will range from 600kbps to 1.4Mbps, while the upload side will pretty much hover between 500kbps and 800kbps in HSUPA markets. Also of note is the included AT&T Communication Manager software, which comes pre-loaded on the card and "automatically installs" when first used on a Windows-based machine, saving you the trouble of fiddling with an install disc to get things up and running. Starting today, interested consumers can snatch the card up for $49.99 (after rebate) with a two-year DataConnect agreement of $59.99+ per month, or you can shell out $299.99 for the gizmo itself if contracts get you all hot and bothered.