AT&T launching USB modem with GPS

AT&T Mobility is launching two new USB modems, including its first with built in aGPS, promising users easier access to location-based applications.

LG Option modems AT&TThe carrier said the Velocity USB modem, built by Option, can be paired with a GPS application available for download from Option that will access sites like Bing and Yahoo! Maps for directions and points of interest searches. AT&T also said enterprise customers can use the device for tracking and mapping purposes.

Separately, AT&T announced the Turbo, made by LG, that can access AT&T's faster HSPA 7.2 network. The operator is in the process of turning on its HSPA upgrade in different markets across the country.

Both devices will be available March 7. The Turbo will be available for free after a $100 mail-in rebate and with a two-year data plan contract of at least $35 a month. The Velocity will be available for $29.99 after a $100 mail-in rebate and with a two-year data plan of at least $35 a month.

Carriers have been pushing laptop sticks with more advanced features as they seek to entice users to sign up for data plans. T-Mobile USA is poised to release its webConnect Rocket Laptop Stick this month, which will be able to access its HSPA+ network. Last summer, Verizon Wireless  launched a USB modem that supports CDMA networks in North America and GSM networks abroad.

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