AT&T launches its first two LTE enabled handsets
AT&T customers have been waiting a long time for the carrier to have its first LTE smartphones available. The only problem is that right now, the carrier has just 9 cities blanketed with LTE service. Starting this morning, AT&T subscribers in Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, San Antonio, Boston, Washington, D.C., Baltimore and Athens, Ga. are all able to use the fastest network that AT&T has to offer at no extra cost. Of course, they will have to upgrade to one of the two new phones rolling out today.
At 4.5 inches, the Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket offers up a larger screen than the 4.3 inch display on the AT&T branded Samsung Galaxy S II, although the Super AMOLED Plus screen retains the WVGA resolution of the latter. A dual-core 1.5GHz processor is under the hood with 1 GB of RAM aboard. 16GB of native storage can be expanded using a microSD card. Pictures can be handled with the 8MP rear camera that captures video at 1080p and the front-facing 2MP camera for video chats and self-portraits. Android 2.3.5 runs the show. According to AT&T's web site, the device is priced at $249.99 with a signed 2-year contract and $599.99 off-contract.
If the Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket doesn't do it for you, AT&T also is launching the HTC Vivid. The device also is equipped with a 4.5 inch display, like the Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket, but is Super-LCD and has qHD resolution. A dual-core 1.2GHz Qualcomm APQ8060 processor is driving the phone, which has 1GB of RAM and 16GB of native storage. You can expand your storage by using a microSD card. The 8MP camera on back captures 1080p video at 60fps for smoother playback. If you are interested in video chat, there is a 1.3MP camera on the front. Android 2.3.4 is pre-installed. The HTC Vivid is $199.99 with a signed 2-year contract, or $549.99 off-contract.
Any journey begins with the first steps, and for AT&T its LTE journey begins today with the release of these two LTE enabled smartphones. By the end of the year, AT&T expects its LTE network to cover 70 million people and be in 15 markets.
1. The_Miz (Posts: 1496; Member since: 06 Apr 2011)
First. AT&T is rolling out LTE faster than Sprint is rolling out their faux 4G.
2. scvzw2 (Posts: 32; Member since: 20 Jun 2010)
You do know Sprint stop expanding Wimax to start rolling out LTE in the beginning of 2012 right?
12. toaster (Posts: 114; Member since: 13 Sep 2011)
How exactly is LTE "faux"? It's as close to the 100Mbps 4G threshold as we have right now, and are going to get in the foreseeable future. It's also much faster than it's competition - HSPA+ (real faux-G?) and WiMAX (can't penetrate through buildings and doesn't have a large reach.)
4. bossmt_2 (Posts: 445; Member since: 13 Oct 2009)
AT&T just rolled LTE out to NYC only about 11 months behind Verizon, while rolling out an older LTE technology than Verizon.
13. omarc26 (Posts: 360; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)
Were did u get that at&t is using an older technology of LTE than Verizon ??? From what I heard its using the same type of LTE than Verizon which runs on the 700mhz band. Yea its much more behind than Verizon in terms of LTE coverage but I think they use the same type of LTE technology. If Verizon moves on to LTE advanced first then at&t will be behind even more. But for now I'm pretty sure they use the same type only advantage is Verizon has more LTE markets.
5. XiphiasGladius (Posts: 813; Member since: 21 Aug 2011)
Congrats to you for being the first dude to post. I can't fathom how happy you are. . .
10. The_Miz (Posts: 1496; Member since: 06 Apr 2011)
Happier than my first night of sex, brother. ;)
3. clevername (Posts: 1435; Member since: 11 Jul 2008)
God I hope the nexus primes lte variant comes to ATT.
6. Netolic (Posts: 144; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)
Im gettting the skyrocket today. I hope theres white
7. rockstarlive (Posts: 307; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)
It would be a smart idea, to get the phone now, since it already has a LTE chip, just wait until your city gets AT&T LTE, which could be another 6-12 months.
Probably gonna hit 25-50 cities by summer 2012
8. belovedson (Posts: 837; Member since: 30 Nov 2010)
good job miz here comes higher premiums. didn't see that coming now did you
11. Mr.Mr.Upgrade (Posts: 468; Member since: 30 Aug 2011)
At&t is a joke LOL follow the leader
14. deadinside (Posts: 26; Member since: 31 Oct 2011)
I got the vivid for 100... Can't beat that
15. dodo1234 (Posts: 36; Member since: 06 Nov 2011)
Where did u get the Vivid for that price? was it individual or family? new or upgrade?
19. bigdawg23 (Posts: 424; Member since: 25 May 2011)
Select Zip codes have it for $99 and Skyrocket for $149. Type in 10019 New York city. it appears for at that price for that zip code.
Also Los Angeles does as well, however with LA you need to select the device to reveal the lower price.
20. deadinside (Posts: 26; Member since: 31 Oct 2011)
i got it on Att website, im part of a family plan and used my upgrade
16. Netolic (Posts: 144; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)
Just got my skyrocket. Bought it for 250 bucks at best buy.where did you buy the vivid for 100?
17. rockstarlive (Posts: 307; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)
Amazon Wireless got both for under $200.
like I said before, would be a smart move to get it now,
18. Forsaken77 (Posts: 552; Member since: 09 Jun 2011)
Which has the better processor? I know the HTC has the 8060 I believe. Does the Skyrocket have a newer version or older?
21. Jyakotu (Posts: 839; Member since: 12 Dec 2008)
Both look like excellent devices, especially since they're both AT&T's first LTE devices. Yeah, they might be behind Verizon when it comes to their LTE expansion, but at least the network has shown that it's capable of rolling out one. If I had to choose, I'd get the Vivid mainly because I've about had it with Samsung phones. But me, personally, I'll just wait until AT&T gets some devices with a keyboard. Gotta have my keyboard.