AT&T adds mobile services for business, government users

Carrier adds encrypted voice, text messaging and smart grid hosted applications

AT&T Inc. today announced that it's offering three new mobile services, including text messaging and encrypted mobile voice products, aimed at business and government users.

AT&T said that it will also be reselling a service created by Petra Solar for utilities that are building smart grid networks. The AT&T wireless network already supports some 7.5 million electric meters, the company said in a statement.

Last month, AT&T agreed to resell smart grid systems from Current Group for dynamic management of power delivery.

AT&T claimed today that its new encryption offering is the first from a U.S. carrier that provides two-factor authentication for mobile-to-mobile voice communications. The encryption service, designed for government agencies, banks and law enforcement operations, will be available later this summer.

AT&T did not disclose pricing plans for the new services.

AT&T said that Hy-Vee Inc., which operates 230 retail stores in eight Midwestern states, is using AT&T messaging services to notify customers about hot deals and promotions.

The new services were unveiled just two weeks after AT&T had announced that it is working with Apriva to deliver mobile payment capabilities to small businesses.

Matt Hamblen covers mobile and wireless, smartphones and other handhelds, and wireless networking for Computerworld. Follow Matt on Twitter at @matthamblen, or subscribe to Matt's RSS feed . His e-mail address is mhamblen@computerworld.com.

Copyright © 2010 IDG Communications, Inc.

  
Shop Tech Products at Amazon