CEO Stephenson says AT&T may have missed Kindle opportunity

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AT&T (T) CEO Randall Stephenson said his company may have missed an opportunity with Amazon's (AMZN) Kindle book reader. Instead the company will provide wireless access for Plastic Logic's ebook reader.

"I'm an avid Kindle user," Stephenson said at the Fortune Brainstorm Tech conference in Pasadena, California today. "I bought one of the first devices that came out and fell in love with it." When asked if the Kindle was the one that got away for AT&T, Stephenson said, "Maybe."

"Those types of devices will be very important in the future, and we'll be very aggressive in pursuing those opportunities," he said. Stephenson then spoke about other technology products and services that AT&T has missed.

"My wife will be sitting with her Mac laptop open, talking to our daughter in college," he said. "I look at that and I say, 'that's a service we can provide.' She's using Apple's service." He also said today that his company may not be the only phone company selling the Apple (AAPL) iPhone at some point in the future.

"I beat those phones up. I'm on it like a hawk," he told DailyFinance today. "I'm probably the most expensive drive-test the company has out there."

Anthony Massucci is a senior writer for DailyFinance. You may follow him on Twitter at hianthony.

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