Panasonic, AT&T Announce BroadbandConnect-Certified Rugged Toughbook Mobile Computers, Expanded Relationship

Panasonic Toughbook 19 Tablets and Toughbook 30 Notebooks With Built-in Mobile Broadband Offer an Ideal Solution For Mission-critical Data Access

SECAUCUS, N.J., & SAN ANTONIO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Panasonic Computer Solutions Company, manufacturer of durable, reliable Panasonic® Toughbook® mobile computers, and AT&T Inc. (NYSE:T), today announced the certification and availability of two rugged computers, the Toughbook 30 notebook and the Toughbook 19 convertible tablet, on the UMTS/HSDPA-based 3G AT&T BroadbandConnect data network. In addition, the companies will make it more convenient for customers to purchase Panasonic Toughbook mobile computers and AT&T services through an expanded marketing and sales relationship targeted at key vertical industries and applications, including utilities, transportation, manufacturing field service and public safety.

“With the certification of these fully rugged Panasonic Toughbook notebooks, AT&T's enterprise and government customers can now deploy wireless 3G-based solutions for those in the most demanding environments where information access is truly mission-critical.”

Panasonic and AT&T have offered built-in access to wide area wireless data networks (WWAN) for more than a decade and have jointly delivered embedded 3G wireless solutions since 2005. The result of this close collaboration is reliable high-performance mobile data solutions for customers in a variety of commercial and government applications.

AT&T-certified Toughbook notebooks provide users with mobile broadband access in more than 165 major metropolitan areas in the U.S. Users have global wireless data capabilities through access to UMTS/HSDPA, and they have EDGE or GPRS data service in more than 135 countries through competitive international data plans from AT&T. In the U.S., Toughbook notebook users will have mobile access to AT&Ts 3G BroadbandConnect and EDGE networks in more than 13,000 cities and towns.

These technological advances will be supported by a renewed co-marketing commitment from both companies in which their joint activities will be more tightly integrated to create an enhanced one-stop shopping experience for customers. These include a variety of direct marketing, advertising and events-based activities. For example, AT&T was a Platinum Sponsor of the Panasonic 21st Century Mobile Solutions in Government, Law Enforcement, Fire & EMS Conference, which was held Sept. 1314, 2007, in Orlando, Fla. The companies also plan to feature interoperability demonstrations at IACP 2007, Utilities Field Service 2007 and EyeforTransport Wireless in Trucking 2008, among others.

For more than a decade, Panasonic and AT&T have been at the forefront of delivering mobile computing solutions for anytime, anywhere access to mission-critical information, said Victoria Obenshain, director of strategic wireless, Panasonic Computer Solutions Company. With the Novatel Wireless Expedite EU860 module built into rugged, long-lasting Toughbook notebooks, users gain a high-performance 3G solution from AT&T with significant return on investment and lower total cost of ownership.

Built-in access to BroadbandConnect epitomizes freedom, simplicity and reliability in a mobile broadband environment, said Laura Johnson, executive director, Enterprise Solutions, AT&T. With the certification of these fully rugged Panasonic Toughbook notebooks, AT&T's enterprise and government customers can now deploy wireless 3G-based solutions for those in the most demanding environments where information access is truly mission-critical.

Built-in Wireless for Optimal Performance

All Toughbook notebooks are engineered to provide optimal connectivity for maximum productivity. By embedding, or building-in mobile broadband access, Panasonic delivers a reliable and higher-performing solution, especially in remote locations. In addition to providing embedded access to next-generation cellular networks, rugged Toughbook computers incorporate the Intel Centrino chipset for seamless connectivity to local networks, optional integrated GPS and Bluetooth technology.

Pricing and Availability

Rugged Toughbook notebooks with built-in access to AT&Ts 3G BroadbandConnect service are available now at an estimated street price starting at $3,799.00 (Toughbook 19 convertible tablet) and $3,899.00 (Toughbook 30 notebook).

All Toughbook notebooks are customizable and available through authorized Panasonic Toughbook resellers nationwide, or online via www.panasonic.com/business/toughbook/purchase.asp. Please visit www.panasonic.com/toughbook for more information.

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AT&T Web Site (http://www.att.com/)

AT&T Wireless Web Site (http://www.wireless.att.com/cell-phone-service/welcome/index.jsp)

Panasonic Computer Solutions Web Site (http://www.panasonic.com/business/toughbook/laptop-computers.asp)

Edge Coverage Map (http://www.wireless.att.com/coverageviewer/)

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About Panasonic Computer Solutions Company

Panasonic Computer Solutions Company empowers the mobile workforce. The company is a unit of Panasonic Corporation of North America, which is the principal North American subsidiary of Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd. (NYSE: MC). Panasonic has delivered reliable, durable mobile solutions through its Toughbook® line of notebook computers for fifteen years and has expanded the boundaries of wireless communications technology through a broad portfolio of products, ranging from fully rugged, industrial strength notebook computers and tablet PCs to business-rugged thin and light and ultraportable notebooks. A core manufacturer, Matsushita and its subsidiaries control the entire process of design, manufacture, quality assurance, service and support. As a result, Panasonic Toughbooks are known for having the lowest failure rates in the industry. Government, industrial, and commercial usersfrom Fortune 1,000 companies to small businessesrely on solutions from Panasonic, wherever their work takes them.

All brand and company/product names are trademarks or registered trademarks of the respective companies. All specifications are subject to change without notice. Information on Panasonics full line of notebook PCs for the mobile professional can be obtained by calling 800-662-3537 or at http://www.panasonic.com/toughbook.

About AT&T

AT&T Inc. (NYSE:T) is a premier communications holding company. Its subsidiaries and affiliates, AT&T operating companies, are the providers of AT&T services in the United States and around the world. Among their offerings are the world's most advanced IP-based business communications services and the nation's leading wireless, high speed Internet access and voice services. In domestic markets, AT&T is known for the directory publishing and advertising sales leadership of its Yellow Pages and YELLOWPAGES.COM organizations, and the AT&T brand is licensed to innovators in such fields as communications equipment. As part of its three-screen integration strategy, AT&T is expanding its TV entertainment offerings. Additional information about AT&T Inc. and the products and services provided by AT&T subsidiaries and affiliates is available at http://www.att.com.

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Contacts

Cohn & Wolfe for Panasonic Computer Solutions Company
April Conyers, 415-365-8541
April_Conyers@sfo.cohnwolfe.com
Toughbook-PRTeam@cohnwolfe.com
or
AT&T
John M. Kampfe, 973-637-9387
908-432-3473 (mobile)
John.kampfe@att.com

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