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March 27, 2009

T-Mobile USA Releases webConnect USB Laptop Stick

By Jyothi Shanbhag, TMCnet Contributing Editor

T-Mobile USA, Inc. has rolled out its new T-Mobile (News - Alert) webConnectUSB Laptop Stick which connects to the Internet while on the go.

T-Mobile has teamed up with Huawei Technologies Co., to bring out this small, portable modem that lets users connect to the Web on their laptop using T-Mobile's 3G network or Wi-Fi, and comes with built-in T-Mobile Connection Manager software to automatically detect the best available Internet connection.
The device also works on tri-band 3G connectivity (HSDPA/UMTS 1900/AWS/2100), which one can on compatible networks overseas and it is compatible with GPRS networks, so users are never left searching for a Wi-Fi hotspot as the only option of getting online.
With 8 GB of installable memory, the webConnect laptop stick provides portable storage for documents, music or movies by eliminating the need for an additional USB memory stick. The WebConnect laptop stick is also compatible with T-Mobile’s nationwide EDGE network as well as EDGE/GPRS frequency bands used worldwide.

“Our customers are increasingly accessing a wider variety of information, entertainment and services through their laptops while on the go,” said Jeremy Korst, director, broadband products and services, T-Mobile USA. “The T-Mobile webConnect USB Laptop Stick provides a true plug-and-play experience for customers to stay connected — virtually anytime, everywhere on the T-Mobile-owned network.”
Other features of the T-Mobile webConnect include, a microSD memory card slot, a swivelling USB connector and support for both Windows XP and Vista systems in addition to Mac compatibility when downloadable drivers are released later this year.
T-Mobile is offering the WebConnect USB Laptop Stick through its select T-Mobile retail stores with various pricing options available: $49.99 with a two-year contract after rebate; $99.99 with one-year contract; or $249.99 with no contract. Customers can also purchase it online at http://www.T-Mobile.com

Jyothi Shanbhag is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Jyothi's articles, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Stefania Viscusi

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