AT&T, Verizon Announce New Data Devices
By Joseph Palenchar On Apr 5 2010 - 3:02am
NEW YORK — AT&T Wireless said
it will add Palm- and Dell-branded
smartphones to its handset selection,
and Verizon Wireless said it has certifi
ed two mobile computing devices,
a hybrid cellphone/cordless desktop
phone, and other devices for use on its
At AT&T, the carrier said it plans soon
to offer Palm’s WebOS-based Pre Plus
and Pixi Plus as well as Dell’s first U.S.
smartphone, the Android-based Aero,
formerly called the Mini 3.
AT&T’s Palm announcements make
AT&T the third major carrier after Sprint
and Verizon to offer smartphones based
on Palm’s new WebOS operating system.
The carrier stressed, however, that
on its network, the two devices become
the first WebOS smartphones to offer
simultaneous voice and data, a feature
of AT&T’s 3G network. Palm Pre Plus
and Pixi Plus will be available at $149 and
$49.99, respectively, after mail-in rebate
and with a two-year contract that incorporates
an unlimited cellular-data plan.
The unlimited data plan, required of
Dell Aero users as well, also gives users
of the Pre Plus, Pixi Plus and Dell
Aero unlimited access to AT&T’s more
than 20,000 Wi-Fi hot spots.
Details of the Aero were unavailable,
but it is Dell’s first smartphone in years
and has been rolled out in foreign markets
in recent months.
AT&T said it would soon announce
the availability dates and distribution
channels for the Palm devices and the
At Verizon, the carrier certified Motion’s
ruggedized J3400 tablet PC, Motorola’s
ruggedized MC9598 handheld
computer and Waxess USA’s HomeCel
1000 landline/cellular desktop phone for
use on the carrier’s 3G network.
The hybrid two-line phone, intended
for small business and homes, is the first
of its kind certified for use on one of the
country’s major national carriers. It connects
to the traditional landline phone
network, but it also incorporates a 3G
cellular transceiver in its desktop base to
receive calls via the cellular network.
The phone enables users to add a
second home line using cellular rate
plans, including family plans, that are
priced lower than landline plans, a company
spokesman told TWICE.
Tentative pricing including activation
is targeted at the mid- to low-$100
range, the company told TWICE. It will
be available in a couple of months.
The HomeCel features 2.4GHz digital
spread spectrum cordless technology,
keypad in the base and handset, and expandability
to up to four cordless handsets.
SMS messages can be sent from
the cordless handset, which also enables
three-way conferencing through
its cellular and landline connections.
In portable computing devices, Motion’s
J3400 tablet PC joins Motion’s C5
and F5 tablet PCs as Verizon-certified.
They feature Qualcomm’s Gobi chipset,
enabling activation on wireless networks
based on different 3G technologies
in multiple spectrum bands.