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AT&T Netbook data plans go coast-to-coast

AT&T plans to sell Netbooks with its 3G data plans nationwide this summer.

One of the Netbooks offered by AT&T.

If you've been waiting for AT&T's Netbook data plans to come to your area, the wait is almost over.

The company first offered these plans exclusively in Philadelphia earlier this year. Saying that trial was a success, AT&T announced Tuesday its intent to expand these data plans to the rest of U.S. this summer.

This means you'll soon be able to buy mini ultraportable laptops made by Dell, Lenovo, and Acer at a discounted price when you get a 3G data plan at one of AT&T's retails store or on its Web site.

According to an IDC report published in April, by the end of 2009, worldwide shipments of mini laptops could reach 22 million. Obviously, AT&T wants its share of the growing Netbook pie.

Currently, details on pricing and availability of the new devices and the data plans are not finalized and AT&T said it would announce that at a later time. However, the company has made it clear that Netbooks embedded with AT&T 3G services will also be available through other national retailers.