In 2009, AT&T certified 370 wireless specialty consumer and machine-to-machine devices - such as eReaders, netbooks, digital photo frames, , and home security monitoring and smart grid devices - for use on its mobile broadband network.
Major emerging mobile devices can be grouped into five categories:
- eReaders: AT&T provides the mobile broadband connection for top selling eReaders, including the Amazon Kindle and the Barnes & Noble nook. AT&T has signed agreements to connect the Plastic Logic QUE™ proReader and Interead’s COOL-ER 3G, both expected to launch in the coming months.
- Netbooks: AT&T provides embedded wireless connectivity for netbooks and laptops from major computing device manufacturers, including Acer, Dell, Lenovo, and Samsung, among others.
- Personal Navigation Devices: AT&T provides the network connection to the only wirelessly connected, dedicated personal navigation devices in the market, the Garmin nüvi® 1690 and the TomTom XL 340S LIVE, both featuring local search and fuel price services, among other content.
- Digital Photo Frames: AT&T will provide the wireless connection for two digital photo frames – Isabella’s VIZIT and the Pandigital Photo Mail LED Digital Photo Frame – both expected to be in market in the first quarter of 2010.
- Telematics Devices: AT&T enables telematics service for a major luxury automotive OEM and has plans to expand to other automakers. A telematic device can be used to receive general information via the car radio, and data relating to the vehicle location, destination, or an emergency call can be sent to a central station.