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One of Kickstarter's greatest success stories is coming to AT&T in just a few days. AT&T has announced it will be the exclusive carrier partner for the Pebble smart watch, which should provide a nice budget-friendly alternative to the upcoming Galaxy Gear.

This won't be an exclusive version of the Pebble for AT&T. It's the same device you can get from Best Buy, but AT&T is offering you the opportunity to get one when you pick up a phone. Isn't that nice of them? Having the device in AT&T stores will also be great for the Pebble, which will be exposed to a new set of potential buyers who likely don't follow the happenings on Kickstarter.

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AT&T will be asking $150 for the Pebble – the same as Best Buy, which used to be the exclusive retailer of the device in the US. The Pebble is going to be available online on September 27th, as well as in about 500 retail stores. It will come to more locations in October. Full PR below.

It's Time to Rethink What a Watch Can Do with the Pebble Smartwatch Available at AT&T

AT&T is the Exclusive Carrier for Customizable Watch that Fits Your Lifestyle

Dallas, Texas, September 25, 2013

It’s time to rethink what a watch can be. As the most successful KickStarter campaign to date, the Pebble smartwatch extends control of your iOS or Android smartphone while giving you options to customize with apps for an active lifestyle.  Beginning September 27, AT&T customers can purchase the Pebble for $150 at att.com and in select retail stores with broader availability expected in October.

The Pebble smartwatch is a customizable, Bluetooth enabled smartwatch that wirelessly connects to your smartphone. Call alerts, emails, and text notifications all appear on the Pebble as they arrive to your phone. No need to pull out your smartphone to see who is trying to get your attention. Perfect for runners, cyclists, golfers or anyone with a busy or active lifestyle, the e-paper display makes the watch incredibly easy to read whether indoors or outside and it’s water resistant to boot. Users can also download applications onto their Pebble from a host of third party developers.

“As the exclusive carrier for the hot new Pebble smartwatch, this innovative device adds to AT&T’s extensive lineup of industry leading accessories for today’s connected world,” said Michael Cowan, Director, Accessory Portfolio, AT&T Mobility. “This smartwatch is fun, practical, and easy to use. It is simple to see why people have been clamoring to get their hands on it.”

The Pebble stands out from other smartwatches because of its customization options and its open development platform that allows developers to build new apps.  Key features include:

  • Press a button to change the watchface to fit your personal style. Download new watchfaces and applications, or design your own through existing third party sites.
  • Great line-up of pre-loaded and downloadable apps perfect for runners, cyclists, golfers or those who are just busy.
  • Music is only a click away. Play, pause, or skip tracks on your phone with simple controls on Pebble. Glance down at your watch to see the artist and the track name that is playing without missing a beat.
  • Custom notifications keep you informed without being a distraction. Incoming caller ID, calendar alerts, social media messages, weather alerts and more.
  • Rechargeable battery can last up to seven days.
  • Water resistant rated 5ATM.

For the complete array of AT&T accessory offerings, visit www.att.com/wirelessaccessories.

*AT&T products and services are provided or offered by subsidiaries and affiliates of AT&T Inc. under the AT&T brand and not by AT&T Inc.

[AT&T]

Ryan Whitwam
Ryan is a tech/science writer, skeptic, lover of all things electronic, and Android fan. In his spare time he reads golden-age sci-fi and sleeps, but rarely at the same time. His wife tolerates him as few would.

He's the author of a sci-fi novel called The Crooked City, which is available on Amazon and Google Play. http://goo.gl/WQIXBM

  • PhaseBurn

    $50 less than the TrueSmart, but so limited compared to that device. Still, I'm sure it'll sell, as the concept of a smartwatch is new to a lot of people, and it certainly meets a lot of people's needs.

    • spydie

      First of all the OMate Truesmart isn't even available yet (while this has been out since last January). Secondly, the Pebble is E-ink, which means a week between charges. Third and most important, the screen is on all the time for people that like/need to glance at their watches without turning on the screen first (like the iPod Nano last generation), and last... it costs half as much as the truesmart. So, PhaseBurn, try again.

      • simp1istic

        The Pebble isn't e-ink. It's a reflective LCD.

  • jake044

    For a second, I thought it was going to be $150 on contract.

  • clay

    first day kickstarter backer here, i have been wearing my pebble every day since it showed up on my doorstep back in January. I love it, and never take it off.

    • Aleksey_US

      Sold mine after a few months... meh... Samsung disapointed, now seeing if Apple and Google bring anything to the table.

      • Matthew Fry

        It might just not be your thing. It would be difficult to justify the utility of such a thing for myself.

      • Jose Torres

        What was so bad about it?

        • Aleksey_US

          It was quite bulky, I saw no Windows dev support and really did not want to develop on Linux at the time. Battery life was amazing. It was quite buggy and would loose BT connection all the time and required a reboot to fix. I think that either Apple or Google will be able to come up with something more decent. Once they have a hit Pebble will die a slow death. Waiting on better slicker design, colors and touchscreen although it will definitely take a hit on battery life.

          • Jose Torres

            I'd figure that it would be a simple extension of your phone, of sorts. Yet, if it has a tendency to drop Bluetooth connectivity then what's the use?

            Thanks for the feedback.

  • Danny Davis

    So does this means that it will get updates 2 years after Pebble sends updates out?

  • Darkbotic

    I want to know what is Google waiting for to announce the Nexus Watch.
    That one must be cheaper and better than this...

  • Hal Motley

    That's quite a good deal.

    If I wasn't living in the UK. XD

  • HolyFreakingCrap

    For that reason alone I would not buy one, screw at&t !

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