AT&T launches its first two LTE enabled handsets

AT&T launches its first two LTE enabled handsets
Update: There seems to be some discrepancy about the pricing of the two phones. While the AT&T web site shows the pricing of the phones at $249.99 for the Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket and $199.99 for the HTC Vivid-both after a signed 2-year pact, there are some reports that the phones are being offered for $100 cheaper. An AT&T store in New York City told us that they are selling the phones for $100 less than the prices listed below.

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.

source: AT&T

Related phones

Galaxy S II Skyrocket
  • Display 4.5" 480 x 800 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 2 MP front
  • Storage 16 GB + microSDHC
  • Battery 1850 mAh(7.00h talk time)
  • Display 4.5" 540 x 960 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 1.3 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon S3, Dual-core, 1200 MHz
  • Storage 16 GB + microSDHC
  • Battery 1620 mAh(4.60h talk time)



1. The_Miz

Posts: 1496; Member since: Apr 06, 2011

First. AT&T is rolling out LTE faster than Sprint is rolling out their faux 4G.

2. scvzw2

Posts: 32; Member since: Jun 20, 2010

You do know Sprint stop expanding Wimax to start rolling out LTE in the beginning of 2012 right?

9. The_Miz

Posts: 1496; Member since: Apr 06, 2011

Which is why I said they were slow.

12. toaster

Posts: 114; Member since: Sep 13, 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: 459; Member since: Oct 13, 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: Dec 05, 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: Aug 21, 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: Apr 06, 2011

Happier than my first night of sex, brother. ;)

3. clevername

Posts: 1436; Member since: Jul 11, 2008

God I hope the nexus primes lte variant comes to ATT.

6. Netolic

Posts: 152; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

Im gettting the skyrocket today. I hope theres white

7. rockstarlive

Posts: 307; Member since: Oct 19, 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: 1061; Member since: Nov 30, 2010

good job miz here comes higher premiums. didn't see that coming now did you

11. Mr.Mr.Upgrade

Posts: 474; Member since: Aug 30, 2011

At&t is a joke LOL follow the leader

14. deadinside

Posts: 27; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

I got the vivid for 100... Can't beat that

15. dodo1234

Posts: 40; Member since: Nov 06, 2011

Where did u get the Vivid for that price? was it individual or family? new or upgrade?

19. bigdawg23

Posts: 467; Member since: May 25, 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: 27; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

i got it on Att website, im part of a family plan and used my upgrade

16. Netolic

Posts: 152; Member since: Oct 18, 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: Oct 19, 2011

Amazon Wireless got both for under $200. like I said before, would be a smart move to get it now,

18. Forsaken77

Posts: 553; Member since: Jun 09, 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: 867; Member since: Dec 12, 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.

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