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AT&T puts out AirCard 890 with ExpressCard, PC Card hooks

updated 10:25 am EDT, Tue April 20, 2010

ATT AirCard 890 can fit in many notebooks

AT&T today added a rare dual-mode 3G modem to its choices. Sierra Wireless' AirCard 890 at its core is an ExpressCard/34 modem that works in modern notebooks like the 17-inch MacBook Pro but has a special PC Card housing that will let it fit into older portables. It can reach up to 7.2Mbps downstream with either card format and has both GPS and VPN support for those that need them.

The card is slated to go on sale both online and through AT&T's business channels on May 5th for $50, after users sign up for a two-year data plan and getting back a $100 rebate.

by MacNN Staff



  1. jfgilbert

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Lies, darn lies, and speed numbers

    "It can reach up to 7.2Mbps downstream ..." I am sure the modem can, but what about the network? 300Kbps? 1Mbps on a good day? And then, AT&T is going to cry that all these data users are ruining its network by (gasp!) using it.

  1. Camelot

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Too little, too late...

    ... at least for the two most recent MacBook Pro revisions, which have neither an ExpressCard nor PCCard slot (do any systems, from any manufacturer still come with PCCard nowadays??)

    Even one of their USB devices would be preferable to this dinosaur.

    (I long ago switched to a Verizon MiFi unit)

  1. YangZone

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Verizon for "the heavy user": 5GB costs $59.99. OK $10- per 1GB.

    So say you did a couple of NetFlix movies in a month and with a few YouTube vids and other surfing, email etc you could easily go over by, say, 20% (1GB). That'll cost you $50-.

    The first 5GB cost $60- and the next 5 cost $250- (down recently from $1,250.00 per extra 5GB)

    Roam into Canada and that'll be $2,050.00 per 1GB please
    Roam into Mexico: $5,120.00 per 1GB
    Roam into the Caribbean or other places like India: $20,480.00 per 1GB

    What I'd like to know is: in what other business model do you pay $10- each for 5 items and $50- for each additional item?

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