AT&T To Ship First LTE Phones November 6

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AT&T has just announced their first two LTE-equipped smartphones.  The HTC Vivid is its adaptation of the Raider and merges a 4.5-inch, 540×960 screen with a dual-core 1.2GHz Snapdragon.  An eight-megapixel camera with a very wide-aperture f2.2, 28mm equivalent lens helps it in low light and with shallow depth of field.  The design is mostly untouched and runs on Android 2.3 with Sense on top.  It carries 16GB of built-in space along with a microSDHC card slot for 32GB more.  In a rare choice on AT&T, the phone will arrive in both black and white and will cost $200 on a contract, making it one of the least expensive LTE phones in the US.

AT&T’s other phone, the Galaxy S II Skyrocket, is a one-for-one adaptation of the Galaxy S II LTE to its network.  Like the version already on sale at Rogers in Canada, its 4.5-inch, 480×800 screen isn’t as big or as high-resolution as the Galaxy Nexus, but it uses a more visually pleasing Super AMOLED Plus screen.  It uses a 1.5GHz Exynos chip and has the same eight-megapixel rear camera, two-megapixel front camera, and 16GB of storage plus microSDHC as it does elsewhere.  The Android 2.3-running Skyrocket will carry a premium at $250 on a contract.

Both phones will be available November 6 and will be part of AT&T’s first expansion of its fledgling LTE network.

Open Press Release

First LTE Smartphones for AT&T Customers Available Nationwide Nov. 6

HTC Vivid and Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket, Both Android Smartphones, Will Run on AT&T’s 4GLTE Network

Dallas, Texas, October 31, 2022

Starting next week, more AT&T customers will be able to enjoy fast 4G LTE (Long Term Evolution) speeds on new devices – including the first AT&T 4G LTE smartphones – in even more markets.

Key Facts

  • AT&T* introduced two new Android™ smartphones, the first to be AT&T 4G LTE-capable.
  • HTC Vivid™ and Samsung Galaxy S™ II Skyrocket™ will arrive in AT&T company-owned stores and online Nov. 6.
  • AT&T 4G LTE service will launch Nov. 6 in Boston, Washington, D.C., Baltimore, and Athens, Ga.
  • AT&T offers the only smartphones able to utilize both LTE and HSPA+ 4G speeds, for a consistently fast connection in and out of LTE areas.
  • The Nov. 6 launches expand AT&T’s 4G LTE network to 9 markets, including Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas-Fort Worth, Houston and San Antonio, and it plans to reach 15 markets and 70 million Americans by year-end 2011.
  • AT&T exceeds commitment to offer 20 4G devices in 2011, addition of LTE smartphones on Nov. 6 brings 4G total to 22.
  • AT&T far exceeds commitment to deliver 12 Android devices in 2011; new LTE smartphones bring total to 21.

HTC Vivid

Realize the full power of LTE on the HTC Vivid with fast web browsing, powered by a dual core 1.2 GHz processor and a brilliant 4.5-inch qHD display. Music and Android Market apps download and are ready in a snap, or photos and video are a breeze to upload after using the exceptional camera for low-light photos and full widescreen HD video.

HTC Vivid features the acclaimed HTC Sense user experience, which includes a customizable active lockscreen that transforms the display into a real-time window to your most important information and content, such as social updates, photos, weather or stock updates that are viewed by simply waking up the display. Sharper graphics, vibrant animations and new widgets make HTC Sense better than ever and, by continuing to focus on the details, HTC provides a more cinematic and immersive multimedia experience with stunning imagery and audible weather effects.

4.5-inch qHD display (540×960 pixels)

1.2 GHz dual-core processor

Enhanced 8-megapixel camera with f2.2 28mm wide angle lens for low light photos

1080p HD video recording at 60 frames per second, slow motion playback and on-device trimmer to optimize social media uploads and memory space

16 GB of on-board memory, microSD expandable to an additional 32 GB

The HTC Vivid will arrive in AT&T company-owned retail stores and online Nov. 6 for $199.99 with a two-year commitment. Customers can learn more at www.att.com/speed.

Samsung Galaxy S™ II Skyrocket™

Lightning fast reflexes powered by a 1.5 GHz dual core processor and AT&T 4G LTE speeds make the Galaxy S II Skyrocket faster for Web browsing and all your favorite apps. A SuperAMOLED Plus display spanning 4.5-inches is the brightest, most colorful screen on the market.

4.5-inch SuperAMOLED Plus display(800×480 pixels)

Android Gingerbread (2.3.5)

1.5 GHz dual-core processor

8-megapixel rear-facing camera with LED flash, with 2-megapixel front-facing camera

1080p HD video recording

16 GB of on-board memory, microSD expandable to an additional 32 GB

The Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket will arrive in AT&T company-owned retail stores and online Nov. 6 for $249.99 with a two-year commitment. Customers can learn more at www.att.com/speed.

LTE Data Plans

Customers can choose from tiered data plans starting as low as $15 per month. Existing smartphone customers do not have to make changes to their data plan. All plans include access to AT&T’s national Wi-Fi network of more than 29,000 hotspots.

DataPlus provides 200 megabytes (MB) of data for just $15 per month. An additional 200 MB of data usage is $15.

DataPro provides 2 gigabytes (GB) of data for $25 per month. An additional 1 GB of data is $10. Customers who want to use their device as a mobile hotspot can sign up for DataPro 4GB for $45 a month, which lets you tether or share your data connection across multiple devices.

Customers can view all smartphone data plans at www.att.com/dataplans.

LTE Deployments

AT&T continues to expand its 4G LTE footprint. The four markets launching Nov. 6 join Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas-Fort Worth, Houston, and San Antonio, which were launched in September. AT&T is the only U.S. carrier providing 4G service using both HSPA+ and LTE. HSPA+, when combined with enhanced backhaul, provides customers with 4G speeds, meaning customers get a faster and more consistent 4G experience, even when outside of an AT&T LTE area. Customers of other carriers that have transitioned to 4G LTE without further speed upgrades to their existing networks are likely to see a jarring drop-off in speeds when they move out of LTE coverage.

1 Limited 4G LTE availability in select markets. 4G speeds delivered by LTE, or HSPA+ with enhanced backhaul, where available. Deployment ongoing. Compatible device and data plan required. LTE is a trademark of ETSI. Learn more at att.com/network.

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