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If you've been waiting for AT&T to start announcing some smartphones for its LTE network, that time is over. Ma Bell just took the wraps off of its first two LTE-powered smartphones, and they're nothing short of impressive.

Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket

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The GSII Skyrocket is an incremental upgrade to AT&T's current GSII, with quite a few beefed up specs:

  • 4.5-inch 480*800 SuperAMOLED Plus display
  • 1.5GHz dual-core processor
  • 8MP rear shooter, 2MP front camera
  • 16GB built-in storage, microSD card slot
  • Android 2.3.5

Anyone regret buying the first GSII yet?

HTC Vivid

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Previously rumored as the Holiday, the Vivid is now a power-packed reality.

  • 4.5-inch qHD display
  • 1.2GHz dual-core processor
  • Enhanced 8MP camera with f2.2 28mm wide angle lens and 1080p video capture at 60fps
  • 16GB built-in storage, microSD card slot
  • Android 2.3.5 with Sense

Both devices will be available on November 6th, costing $249 and $199 respectively with a two-year agreement.

AT&T will also be expanding its LTE network to four new markets on November 6th, which will bring Boston, Washington DC, Baltimore, and Athens, GA to the mix.

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 4G LTE Network

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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 (540x960 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(800x480 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.

Quotes         

“The two LTE-powered superphones will be our 20th and 21st Android devices in 2011, adding to an outstanding year of Android success,” said David Christopher, chief marketing officer, AT&T Mobility and Consumer Markets. “We’ve far exceeded our commitment to offer 12 new Android devices this year –now including our first 4G LTE smartphones. We’re delivering an incredible amount of innovation to our customers, which is a huge reason why more than half our post-paid subscribers are using a smartphone.”

“We are thrilled to continue growing our relationship with AT&T and excited for the HTC Vivid to be one of the first LTE devices on AT&T for the holiday season,” said Jason Mackenzie, president of global sales and marketing, HTC. “The HTC Vivid combines an exceptional display in a premium device that delivers a powerful smartphone to our customers through AT&T’s fast LTE and HSPA+ 4G networks.”

“AT&T’s LTE network allows for quicker access, smoother streaming and faster web experiences, especially when using the powerful Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket,” said Todd Pendleton, chief marketing officer, Samsung Telecommunications America. “Pairing the Galaxy S II Skyrocket with AT&T’s LTE speeds, creates the ultimate smartphone experience.”

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.

Cameron Summerson
Cameron is a self-made geek, Android enthusiast, horror movie fanatic, and musician. When he's not pounding keys here at AP, you can find him spending time with his wife and kids, plucking away on the 6- or 7-string, or watching The Texas Chainsaw Massacre on repeat.

  • Ilya

    Data plans of 200MB or 2GB? Seriously? At Verizon LTE average speed of 20Mbps (we don't know AT&T's LTE speeds yet), these plans will last for 80 seconds or 13 minutes 20 seconds, respectively.
    Seriously?

    • Genjinaro

      Yeah, LTE+Limited Data is a joke.

      It's pretty much a race to overages.
      I'd be partly (30%) ok with it if the data just slowed down by 1/2 rather than attack your bill.

    • http://lettersfromdave.wordpress.com daveloft

      Am I the only one who thinks I won't use more data just because it's faster. I just won't have to wait as long when downloading apps or podcasts.

      • Genjinaro

        Maybe, but really, you never know until that path is open.

        "No one will need more than 637 kb of memory for a personal computer." -Bill Gates

        With new technology, needs/wants change and adapt.

        I use a hell of a lot more with 4G available. Some task you don't want to attempt on 3G.

        • http://codytoombs.wordpress.com Cody

          A) Gates never said that, it's a myth
          B) Even if it wasn't a myth, it's 640k

  • Ray

    It is my sincere hope that this is what is holding back the announcement of launch dates for ATT Galaxy Nexus... that it will be coming to ATT as a GSM/LTE device.

  • Elias

    In Brazil we don't have 4G networks yet, but 200mb at 3G speeds start at R$10 (almost US$7). 3G coverage might be terrible, but in a carrier with a bit better coverage, we can have 300mb for R$15. I'm truly suprised to see data plans are cheaper here than in the USA.

    • Yohon

      No offense but

      1) Brazil is not as big of a market.

      2) *** Things cost more here not so much because we are bigger and rich rather we are corporate owned and operated...

      Including our polititians...

  • jon

    Man I would be SO pissed if I bought a regular galaxy s II from att. Its only been out for like a month or so, and then they go and release an updated version with lte? I'm all for new phones and new tech coming out fast, but that's just ridiculous. Complete slap in the face to early adopters. They need to start taking time developing these phones, either release it and save the other features for later or include them in the first place

    • Raphael

      I agree the carriers are going crazy with the phone releases but I don't thing gs2 owners should be pissed. The only real difference is the additional .2 screen size and LTE. This probably has the same qualcomm processor in the t-mo version which is not any better than samsung's exynos processor.

  • Rocky

    I can still take my Galaxy s2 back, Love the phone, but pissed at&t took out the fm radio. I have been wanting the fm radio for a long while, be great on my tractor were there is no phone service. I wonder if this version will have fm radio.

    • Andrew – Des Moines

      Get Tune-In radio. You will get most AM & FM stations this way. They do, unfortunately, block many premium and sports events.

      • rocky

        again, fm radio would be great, were there are no phone service.

        • Andrew – Des Moines

          Tune-In radio is internet radio over wireless, not FM. Most stations stream their content over the internet - hence radio without the need of an FM receiver.

      • iSlackerz

        He's saying he doesn't get any sort of cellular service or wireless Internet. That's why he wants an FM radio tuner, since FM waves travel significantly farther.

  • alex

    at&t shot themselves in the foot for not releasing the GALAXY NEXUS as their 1st LTE device

  • rocky

    right, internet radio, not fm radio. big difference, fm radio would allow me to listen to a local station, music, news events, ect.. Nothing wrong with internet radio, but when you buy a high end smartphone, that suppose to have a fm radio, to find out it was removed, pisses a
    person off. again, no phone service, a fm radio would be sweet.
    Called local at&t store today to find out if the phone would have a fm radio. They didn't have a clue about even getting the phone.

    • blah

      AT&T is notorious for removing the FM radio out of smartphones. They don't on some of their phones, but usually these are the non smartphone like those old Nokias. Pretty much every smartphone I've owned in the last 6 years from them have had the FM radio disabled. It has always irked me too.

  • bells

    200MB for US$15? I could have 6GB at HSPA+, or 12GB at EvDO Rev.B speed...not that I have an LTE enabled device ..
    anyway, cool devices!