AT&T launches its first two LTE enabled handsets
posted by Alan F. / Nov 06, 2011, 12:53 PM
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.
- 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)
Posts: 1496; Member since: Apr 06, 2011
First. AT&T is rolling out LTE faster than Sprint is rolling out their faux 4G.
posted on Nov 06, 2011, 11:56 AM 8
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You do know Sprint stop expanding Wimax to start rolling out LTE in the beginning of 2012 right?
posted on Nov 06, 2011, 12:00 PM 1
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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.)
posted on Nov 06, 2011, 3:07 PM 0
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AT&T just rolled LTE out to NYC only about 11 months behind Verizon, while rolling out an older LTE technology than Verizon.
posted on Nov 06, 2011, 12:10 PM 0
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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.
posted on Nov 06, 2011, 3:54 PM 4
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Congrats to you for being the first dude to post. I can't fathom how happy you are. . .
posted on Nov 06, 2011, 12:12 PM 0
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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
posted on Nov 06, 2011, 1:41 PM 2
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Where did u get the Vivid for that price? was it individual or family? new or upgrade?
posted on Nov 06, 2011, 7:03 PM 1
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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.
posted on Nov 07, 2011, 7:43 AM 0
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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.
posted on Nov 07, 2011, 9:33 AM 0
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