A very reliable tipster informed me today that a B&N store employee was asked some questions about the Nook this weekend. Apparently she claimed that the built in WiFi on the Ebook Reader will only be able to connect with AT&T hotspots. This seems to me like pure nonsense, and I have seen B&N reps online stating that you can access your eBook library from anywhere internationally via WiFi, not just AT&T service areas. The only problems come up in trying to BUY books from B&N internationally (translation, you can’t). Is it even technically possible to spike the WiFi so it only accesses a single carrier? Anyway, if it IS possible and they do it, considering that the device is running Android, I imagine that little restriction will be hacked away an hour or so after release. Maybe less.
More interestingly is the fact that the sales person said the Nook will be in her store (a major branch in California) on Dec 11th. Now THAT is a new date, since the last I heard Barnes and Noble were sticking to their “end of November” date. Some people on the B&N forum had been saying stores were saying Dec 9th, now the 11th? Can we expect the date to continue slipping? Is this a problem in meeting demand?
Anyway, until we find out what is happening with the Spring Designs lawsuit, I wouldn’t consider any release date for the Nook to be set in stone but I think it is safe to assume no one will be getting their grimy mitts on a Nook in November.