AT&T intros 3G USBConnect Quicksilver for worldly types

Att_usbconnectquicksilver_frontThere’s on the run and then there’s really on the run… as in around the world. AT&T just announced something for the globetrotter, although I suppose contestants on The Amazing Race might find it useful too. It’s the USBConnect Quicksilver, a small USB modem for AT&T’s 3G network and beyond. The 1.2-ounce Quicksilver supports AT&T’s HSDPA network here in the states, but can also handle data roaming in over 150 countries; 60 of ’em support fast 3G speeds. How’s that work? Simple: the Icera Livanto chipset inside the Quicksilver supports the following networks and frequencies: 850/900/1800/1900 MHz (GSM/GPRS/EDGE); 850/1900/2100 MHz (UMTS/HSDPA/HSUPA)Of course, you’ll need a global data plan to go along with this world-wide freedom. Expect your monthly bill to between $109.99 and $229.99 for 5GB of data in the U.S. and up to 200MB of data outside of the States. As far as the USBConnect Quicksilver itself? That’s currently free with a qualifying data plan and two-year commitment. That’s not so bad, but twenty-four months of travel will surely kill your budget unless you’re a constant stowaway.

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