Apparently, AT&T thinks that millions of iPhones pounding on its wireless infrastructure isn’t enough. AT&T will also have
Pandigital’s new Photo Mail LED Digital Photo Frame fighting with the iPhone (and eventually
Android smartphones) for wireless access.
Many digital frames offer limited Internet access through a Wi-Fi connection, but the Photo Mail frame will connect using AT&T’s 3G network instead—it doesn’t have Wi-Fi. With this Internet access, photos can be sent via e-mail to the frame; the frame will have a unique and dedicated e-mail address that’s linked to the Snapfish online photo service.
The frame can accept up to 300 e-mailed photos for free. Pandigital says that users can pay to have the 300 photo limit raised, but pricing plans haven’t been announced.
The 8-inch Photo Mail LED frame has a backlit display with a resolution of 800 by 600 pixels. Internal memory is set at 1GB, which holds about 6400 photos, according to Pandigital.
Instead of using e-mail, you can also transfer pictures to the frame using a memory card; the frame has card slot support for SD, CF, xD, MemoryStick, MemoryStick Pro, and MMC. You can also connect to the frame through USB.
The frame can also play AVI video files and MP3 audio files. Other features include an alarm clock and calendar.
The Photo Mail LED Digital Photo Frame is $150. Of course, you probably want to check to see if AT&T’s 3G network works well in your home first before you buy this frame. Pandigital’s Web site did not have a product page at the time this article was posted.