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AT&T expands 4G LTE, wireless home phone, gains Pebble smartwatch

updated 05:25 am EDT, Thu September 26, 2013

Pebble to go on sale through AT&T website, retail stores

AT&T has made a number of announcements, for both its wireless network and devices offered through it. The carrier has expanded its wireless-based home phone service into more markets, rolled its 4G LTE coverage into more areas, and has become the exclusive US carrier of the Kickstarter-funded Pebble smartwatch.

The company's Wireless Home Phone and Internet service, launched over the summer and provides a landline connection as well as acting as a Wi-Fi hotspot, will be going live in new areas, reports The Verge. Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island, and Vermont will be able to get hold of and use the units, which costs $200 on its own or free on a two-year contract, with a monthly cost of between $20 for unlimited voice calls and $60 for 10GB of included data.

Its 4G LTE network is still being rolled out across the country, adding Marysville, CA; Statesboro, GA; Joplin, MO; Carson City, NV; Portsmouth, OH; East Stroudsburg, PA; San Angelo, TX; and Bellingham, WA. This brings AT&T to a total of over 400 markets for 4G LTE availability.

The Pebble smartwatch, a device with an e-paper display that synchronizes with a smartphone over Bluetooth, will be heading to a few of the carrier's retail stores and its website beginning September 27th, with broader availability expected in October. It will be on sale for $150, the same price as it is available for in Best Buy. It is unclear what exactly prompted this action, but it will give AT&T customers a choice of smartwatch between the Pebble and the Samsung Galaxy Gear.

by MacNN Staff



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