AT&T and Option Launch AT&T USBConnect Quicksilver
New USB Mobile Broadband Device is Stylish, Small and Very Fast
Dallas, Texas, October 14, 2008
Leuven, Belgium — AT&T Inc. (NYSE:T) and Option (Euronext: OPTI; OTC: OPNVY) today announced the availability of the AT&T USBConnect Quicksilver, a new USB mobile broadband device with an award-winning design. The Quicksilver is the newest addition to AT&T's High Speed Packet Access (HSPA)-capable lineup of LaptopConnect devices on the nation's fastest third-generation (3G) network.
The AT&T USBConnect Quicksilver is the first USB mobile broadband device worldwide to use the Icera Livanto® chipset, providing the latest features in one of the world's smallest HSPA USB devices that weighs just 1.2 ounces. Based on the global standard for wireless — GSM — the Quicksilver provides access to not only the nation's fastest 3G network but also to international data roaming in more than 150 countries, with 3G available in more than 60 of those countries.
"Our customers rely on fast mobile broadband connections to manage business and stay connected to their lives," said Michael Woodward, vice president, Business Mobility Products for AT&T's wireless unit. "With the small, stylish AT&T Quicksilver, customers can send and receive large e-mails, browse the Internet and stream video not only here in the U.S. on the nation's fastest 3G network but also when abroad via AT&T's industry-leading wireless international footprint."
AT&T has the nation's fastest 3G network, delivering LaptopConnect customers typical downlink 3G speeds between 700 kilobits per second (Kbps) and 1.7 megabits per second (Mbps) and typical uplink 3G speeds between 500 Kbps and 1.2 Mbps.
"Plug-and-play USB modems continue to revolutionize mobile broadband in markets worldwide," said Jan Callewaert, CEO of Option. "I'm very pleased to continue our long-term relationship with AT&T on the launch of this great new product. The AT&T Quicksilver will be an attractive and successful mobile broadband solution."
The heart of the AT&T Quicksilver is its intelligent design. The smart design provides a protective cap for the USB connector, and with its unique textures and rounded edges, the AT&T Quicksilver is a reliable mobile broadband device that projects a confident and refined image. The AT&T Quicksilver is Mac OS- and Windows-compatible.
Pricing and availability
The AT&T Quicksilver is available today at no cost¹ through AT&T business sales channels, online at wireless.att.com and in company-owned AT&T retail locations for customers who choose a two-year DataConnect plan of $60 or more. AT&T offers a variety of DataConnect rate plans, including a plan for up to 5 gigabytes (GB) of domestic use for $60 a month.
Customers traveling outside the U.S. can choose one of AT&T's DataConnect North America or DataConnect Global plans. The DataConnect North America plan includes up to 100 megabytes (MB) of monthly data use in Canada and Mexico plus up to 5 GB of monthly data use in the U.S. for $109.99 per month. DataConnect Global plans offer discounted data rates in 67 popular countries plus up to 5 GB of data use in the U.S. For $139.99 per month customers receive up to 100MB of monthly data in those 67 countries, or for $229.99 per month customers receive up to 200MB of monthly use in those same 67 countries. Visit http://www.att.com/wirelessinternational for more information.
For more information, visit www.att.com/quicksilver.
¹ Mail-in rebate includes $100 AT&T promotion card. A two-year service agreement is also required. AT&T promotion card valid wherever major credit cards are accepted and for 120 days after issue date. May be used to pay wireless bill. Not redeemable for cash and cannot be used for cash withdrawal at ATMs or at automated gas pumps.
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Option, the wireless technology company, is a leading innovator in the design, development and manufacture of 3G HSUPA, HSDPA, UMTS, EDGE, and WLAN technology products for wireless connectivity solutions. Option has established an impressive reputation for creating exciting products that enhance the performance and functionality of wireless communications. Option is headquartered in Leuven, Belgium. The company also has Research & Development in Belgium (Leuven), Germany (Düsseldorf and Adelsried) and an ISO 9001 production engineering and logistics facility in Ireland (Cork). Option maintains offices in Europe, US, Asia, Japan and Australia. For more information please visit www.option.com.
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