Plastic Logic today announced that AT&T will serve as a mobile broadband partner for its upcoming eReader, due in 2010. It’s been a busy week for the company, as it announced on Monday that Barnes & Noble will be providing the reader’s eBook store.
“This alliance is a pillar in our strategy to provide mobile business professionals with a device that delivers a great reading experience,and is fully connected through 3G and Wi-Fi to deliver easy access to digital content,” Richard Archuleta, CEO of Plastic Logic, said in a press release.
What’s unclear at this point is what type of content will be available over the 3G connection, whether it will come standard on every Plastic Logic eReader, and how much it will cost. A Plastic Logic rep told us that users will be able to purchase and download books from the B&N store via 3G, which only makes sense because Amazon’s Kindle can do the same thing. But since Plastic Logic’s eReader is able to open and edit documents such as Word PowerPoint, and Excel files, we have to wonder if there will be a way to access those documents via the Internet.
However, Plastic Logic told us that the eReader is no Mobile Internet Device. “The Plastic Logic Reader, which is also Wi-Fi enabled, is the ideal companion for busy, on-the-go business professionals – connecting them to their business and professional documents and the digital reading content (such as books, magazines, newspapers, trades, reports) they need, throughout the day, where ever they are,” a rep told us. “The Plastic Logic Reader is first and foremost a reading device and is not intended as a Web browser or PC/Smartphone replacement.”
We’ll have to wait and see whether it will be possible to download or share documents using that 3G service, but this partnership is very encouraging.