May 19, 2009 at 11:10 pm
We recently reported that AT&T was considering rolling out its 3G netbooks nationwide, after successful trials in Atlanta & Philadelphia stores. This now seems to be the case, AT&T has announced that it will roll out 3G netbooks across all of its 2,200 stores & website by the summer.
“It’s clear there’s a demand for mini laptops,” said Ralph de la Vega, president and CEO of AT&T Mobility and Consumer Markets. “Our customers in the Atlanta and Philadelphia markets have responded well and the response isn’t limited to a specific demographic. We’re getting interest from tweens, teens, young adults, moms on the go and small business owners. Consumers and small business customers really seem to be attracted to the convenience and portability of this connected device.”
AT&T’s trials involved testing a $40-per-month fee for 200 megabytes of data downloads to netbooks, or $60 service for 5GB of downloads. The company plans to sell 3G netbooks from Dell, Acer and Lenovo. Pricing plans for the new netbooks will be announced at a later date.