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November 15, 2009

AT&T expands its netbook portfolio

Adds Samsung Go and Acer Aspire One netbooks

By CBR Staff Writer

AT&T has extended its portfolio with the addition of two new netbooks that feature built-in access to 3G network and the Wi-Fi network.

The new devices include, the Samsung Go Netbook and Acer Aspire One, both equipped with Windows 7 starter from Microsoft, and available for $199 after mail-in rebate through an AT&T promotion card and a two-year data service contract.

According to AT&T, the new Samsung Go Netbook comes with 10-inch screen and weighs 2.8 pounds. It features Intel Atom Processor, a 160GB hard drive, 1GB of memory, high definition audio, a 1.3 megapixel web camera, and an LED backlit display. The Acer Aspire One, which weighs around 2.2 pounds, also includes two built in speakers, three USB 2.0 ports, a video conferencing feature and a built-in webcam.

The netbooks also come equipped with AT&T communication manager (ACM) 7.0 preloaded to help customers manage their usage and connections. It will automatically connect users to the company’s hot spots. ACM is designed to be compatible with Windows 7 for in market and previously launched devices, the company said.

David Haight, vice president for product development of emerging devices at AT&T, said: Demand for netbooks remains strong among consumers, small business customers and those who desire constant access to the Internet while on the go. Paired with the nation’s fastest 3G network, AT&T Wi-Fi service, and now the value and ease of use of Windows 7, these devices will make very attractive and affordable gifts this holiday season.

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