AT&T said last week that more than 8.5 million "emerging devices" are now connected to the AT&T network, up from about 4 million a year ago. Of the 1.6 million emerging devices added in the third-quarter of 2010, AT&T said 1.2 million were tablets, netbooks and laptops. AT&T added that it has now certified more than 910 specialty devices, such as eReaders, netbooks, digital photo frames, personal navigation devices, home security monitoring and smart grid devices, for use on its wireless network.
AT&T also said last week that in the third quarter, there were 106.9 million connections on its U.S. Wi-Fi network, up 320% from the third-quarter of 2009. "Wi-Fi is seeing tremendous growth from the rapid consumer adoption of Wi-Fi-enabled smartphones and devices and the increasing number of major business locations offering Wi-Fi access for their customers," AT&T said. "AT&T operates the nation’s largest Wi-Fi network with more than 23,000 hotspots nationwide." source: AT&T statements