updated 10:55 am EDT, Tue October 14, 2008
USBConnect Quicksilver ATT
AT&T on Tuesday morning quietly picked up the USBConnect Quicksilver as its latest external modem. The adapter made by Option uses a new Icera 3G chipset that supports all three major HSPA frequencies while creating one of the smallest devices available; the new adapter is small enough to come with a swivel cover that protects the USB port when the modem isn't in use. AT&T estimates real-world download speeds as high as 1.7Mbps and uploads as quick as 1.2Mbps.
The Quicksilver further supports quad-band EDGE and GPRS for connections on the fringe of coverage and works with both bulit-in Windows drivers and downloadable Mac drivers.
AT&T is offering the new modem as of today and sells it for $250 without any commitment, though signing up for a two-year data plan supplies the Quicksilver for free.