O2 and Sierra Wireless today announced the availability of the Sierra Wireless USB Modem on the O2 network in the UK.

Designed for mobile professionals on the move, the Wireless USB modem from O2 provides an always-on internet connection through the USB port.

Enabling users to work at home, in the office or on the move, the Wireless USB Modem from O2 is designed to work on GPRS and 3G networks, as well as EDGE and HSDPA networks in many countries around the world.

Users can send or receive information at speeds of up to 384Kbps (when in 3G coverage) and up to 53.6Kbps on GPRS while only paying for data sent and received, allowing them to stay connected to the internet at no additional cost.

To set up the Wireless USB Modem users simply place an O2 Data SIM into the Wireless USB Modem and load the Sierra Wireless Watcher software supplied to a desktop PC or laptop.

The Wireless USB Modem connects through a flip-out connector to a USB port on the desktop PC or laptop running Windows 2000, XP, Vista or Mac OS X operating systems.

The Wireless USB Modem comes with a docking station that can be plugged into the back of the computer and sit on a desk.

The Wireless USB Modem is now on sale at £120 and is available in O2 retail stores and online at www.o2.co.uk.