Do you live in one of Bell's
LTE markets and
own a laptop? Do you wish your machine could hitch a ride on the Canadian carrier's 4G waves
? Well sir or ma'am, may we submit for your consideration, the Novatel U679 Turbo Stick -- an LTE USB modem that can hit a maximum speed of 75Mbps. (Though, generally you're looking at between 7Mbps and 14Mbps.) When LTE is unavailable, the U679 falls back on 42Mbps, dual-carrier HSPA+ or plain ol' 21Mbps HSPA+. You can pick one up today for just $60 with a three-year contract, but those with a fear of commitment will have to plunk down $120 to avoid being locked into a service contract. If you've still got questions, might we suggest peeping the PR after the break.
4G LTE Novatel Wireless U679 Turbo Stick Launches Today with Bell
Industry's most compact LTE USB modem brings speeds as fast as 75 Megabits per second today and as fast as 100 Megabits per second in the future
SAN DIEGO and MISSISSAUGA, Ontario, Sept. 22, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Novatel Wireless, Inc. (Nasdaq: NVTL), a provider of wireless broadband access solutions, and Bell today announced the launch of the 4G LTE Novatel Wireless U679 Turbo Stick (also known as the Ovation™ MC 679 USB modem) on Bell Mobility's new 4G LTE network. The 4G LTE Novatel Wireless U679 offers Bell Mobility customers in LTE coverage areas mobile Internet download speeds as fast as 75 Megabits per second (Mbps) with typical speeds ranging between 12 and 25 Mbps and up to 100 Mbps as the platform evolves.
"The desire to leverage the latest 4G LTE speeds on-the-go is a palpable and growing trend in many markets today," said Rob Hadley, CMO, Novatel Wireless. "We are proud to launch on Bell's new 4G LTE network our cutting edge 4G LTE Novatel Wireless U679 Turbo Stick and believe Bell Mobility customers will applaud its speed, compact design and ease-of-use."
The 4G LTE Novatel Wireless U679 - the slimmest and most compact 4G LTE USB modem on the market today - comes equipped with an internal MIMO receive antenna, for optimal performance when users need it most and is backwards compatible to both Dual Carrier HSPA+ networks offering speeds up to 42 Mbps (typical between 7 and 14 Mbps) or HSPA+ offering speeds up to 21 Mbps (typical between 3.5 and 8 Mbps).
Bell's 4G LTE network is the first and only Canadian LTE network to offer customers Dual Carrier 42 Mbps speeds when outside of LTE coverage areas.
"Launching our new 4G LTE network in some of Canada's most populous areas including the Waterloo region innovation hub and the country's largest wireless market in the Toronto area, demonstrates Bell's commitment to the continued growth of the country's wireless ecosystem," said Adel Bazerghi, Senior Vice President of Products at Bell Mobility. "With award-winning innovation, proven performance and reliability associated with the Novatel Wireless design, we're excited to introduce our customers to the 4G LTE Novatel Wireless U679 – delivering 4G LTE speeds in a small and efficient form factor."
Compatible with both Windows® and Mac® operating systems, the easy to use plug-and-play 4G LTE Novatel Wireless U679 Turbo Stick is available at Bell stores and online for $59.95 on a three year term or for $199.95 with no term.
Please visit Bell.ca/LTE for more details or to purchase the device.
About Novatel Wireless
Novatel Wireless, Inc. is a leader in the design and development of intelligent wireless solutions based on 2G, 3G and 4G technologies providing wireless connectivity. The company delivers specialized wireless solutions to carriers, distributors, retailers, OEMs and vertical markets worldwide. Product lines include MiFi Intelligent Mobile Hotspots, Ovation USB modems, Expedite embedded modules, Enfora smart M2M modules, and Enfora integrated M2M solutions. These innovative products provide anywhere, anytime communications solutions for consumers and enterprises. Headquartered in San Diego, California, Novatel Wireless is listed on NASDAQ: NVTL. For more information please visit www.nvtl.com. (NVTLG)
This release may contain forward-looking statements, which are made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the United States Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, as amended to date. These forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties. A number of important factors could cause actual results to differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements contained herein. These factors include risks relating to technological changes, new product introductions, continued acceptance of Novatel Wireless' products and dependence on intellectual property rights. These factors, as well as other factors that could cause actual results to differ materially, are discussed in more detail in Novatel Wireless' filings with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (available at www.sec.gov) and other regulatory agencies.
(C) 2011 Novatel Wireless, Inc. All rights reserved. The Novatel Wireless name and logo, and Ovation are trademarks of Novatel Wireless, Inc. Other Company, product or service names mentioned herein are the trademarks of their respective owners.
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