AT&T announced that they are planning to launch a service that directly competes with the Amazon.com Kindle. The company is still in the planning stages for how to price the data around an e-reader.
Netbooks are being subsidized by AT&T for those who sign up for a 2 year agreement for a data plan. The cost of a data plan is $60 per month with a 5GB data cap. AT&T also launched a $0 plan which went over pretty well with consumers.
It is slightly unpredictable what devices to prepare data plan services for too. AT&T Mobility’s President of emerging devices Glenn Lurie believes that devices such as digital cameras, personal navigation devices, multimedia players, e-readers, game devices, etc. will all have some sort of WiFi connection built in. Lurie even suggested that some dog collars may have a WiFi device built in just in case the dog runs away and needs to be tracked.
Lurie is certain that AT&T will power the connection for a device that will rival the Amazon.com Kindle in the near future. The Kindle uses Sprint’s 3G network without the consumer having to make an agreement with the telecommunications company itself.