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AT&T's First LTE Smartphones Arrive November 6
Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket & HTC Vivid
by Karl Bode 12:00PM Monday Oct 31 2011
AT&T has announced that the company will start selling their first LTE-capable smartphones starting this Sunday, November 6. The company says they'll offer the Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket for $250 with a two-year commitment. The phone has a 4.5-inch Super AMOLED Plus display, runs Android 2.3.5, and also features a 1.5GHz dual-core CPU, 8MP rear camera with a 2MP front-facing cam and 16GB of internal storage space. AT&T will also be offering users the HTC Vivid for $200, which features a 4.5-inch qHD (960 x 540) display, 1.2GHz CPU, 8MP rear camera capable of 1080p video recording. According to AT&T, both devices will be backward compatible with AT&T's HSPA+ network. AT&T says they'll also be lighting up several new LTE markets, including Boston, Washington DC, Baltimore and Athens, Georgia.

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chgo_man99

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clearwire - no 3g plans

while its little off topic, since we are talking about 4g lte, what about clear provider of 4g wimax? did you guys notice they stopped offering 3g add-on plans from sprint? well it really does not surprise me given sprint's move toward lte!

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AT&T also rolling out more LTE with phones

Besides these 2 powerful phones, AT&T also rolling out LTE to more cities.

»reviews.cnet.com/8301-19736_7-20···-phones/

In addition to the smartphones, November 6 will also be the day that AT&T's LTE network will light up in Boston, Washington D.C., Baltimore, and Athens, Ga. AT&T first launched its LTE network on September 18 in five markets--Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas-Fort Worth, Houston, and San Antonio--and plans to reach 15 markets and 70 million Americans by the end of the year.


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en103

join:2011-05-02

Re: AT&T also rolling out more LTE with phones

Still nothing in California - interesting.

I'd expect Silicon Valley and/or San Diego. The Los Angeles area is waay too big for a quick deployment. I'd expect mid/late next year.

buddahbless

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I knew ATT would not let TMO show them up!

I lol when I saw the specs for the ATT samsung LTE phone, I was a bit taken last month when both Tmobile and ATT released there galaxy SII and the TMO version was superior in almost all aspects, larger screen, faster processor, faster download speed (ATT HSPA vs TMO HSPA), and more UMTS bands one notably that can use ATTs HSPA, and a higher capacity battery. The ATT version was just regular stock, I wondered is ATT really going to let TMO show them up? I was all excited at first thinking this was TMO way of pulling out from under ATTs death grip...
NOW THIS..

ATT just did a gotcha last month... They got all those eager beavers who wanted the SII just in rival of the Iphone 4s. ATT got them in, got you on contract ( or to renew contract), and got you suckered. AS lest than a month later there releasing a SII version with internal spec wise is almost identical to the TMO version.

both have..
1.5 ghz processors
4.5 in screen
Super AMOLED Plus WVGA touch screen
android 2.3.5

Ahh the Icing on the gotcha cake was... the TMO version can access ATT 850 mhz HSPA network which was said to make the TMO version "future proof", but the ATT version has LTE and is backwards compatible with with there own HSPA network.

OK ATT nice Gotcha joke for anyone who bought the SII in the last month. However with there data plan on the SII "skyrocket" @ 200 MB at $15 or 2GB at $25, or $45 to use it as a hot spot and only get 4GB of data. that the biggest Gotcha Hands down!

Ill stick to Tmobile for now where for $50 ( in comparison to ATT $45 for data only) I have my 4g HSPA web UNLIMITED , tethering, and INCLUDING unlimited talk and txt.
Big Dawg 23

join:2002-03-27
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Re: I knew ATT would not let TMO show them up!

There is no gotcha for people who purchase the regular SGS2. I got mine on line so I can return with NO $35 restocking fee and get this phone for $50 more. Not everyone got the phone on launch day.
mdlund0

join:2011-08-02
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Ummm...

I thought the Galaxy SII that AT&T released in October was LTE compatible... what the !?! I'm all confused now.

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Re: Ummm...

I don't think it is. The new Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket is the AT&T LTE flavor of that device.
mdlund0

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Re: Ummm...

Upon review, AT&T is selling the original SII as 4G compatible with an asterisk: "*4G speeds delivered by HSPA+ with enhanced backhaul". I've fallen behind in technology... I failed to disassociate 4G from LTE and HSPA+. Still not sure of the technical differences between LTE and HSPA+, but I'm going to go out on a limb and assume LTE is the superior technology.

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Sorry GSII released by ATT last month was almost stock SII specs only HSPA , no support for LTE or even a higher speed HSPA( to be released at a future date) network..

the TMO version out the door is ready for hspa 42+ ATT last month release of the GSII only hspa 21+...

This new SII ( skyrocket) is like a precision tuned car (phone) made exclusively for the ATT race track...
Like I said this was ATT's ...GOTCHA!

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said by mdlund0:

I thought the Galaxy SII that AT&T released in October was LTE compatible... what the !?! I'm all confused now.

It wasn't and it also had a 4.3" screen instead of the Skyrocket's 4.5" screen.

Raider

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LTE vrs Iphone 4s

Well with these 2 versions of the phone coming out Does that mean AT&T has abandoned the Raider or is that later in the month. Of course we need some reviews of the two. Except for processor speed I wonder if there is anything different.

It's clear that the Iphone 4S can't do LTE and this was apples big mistake. The question is which will be AT&T flagship LTE phone.
O1OOO1O

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Re: LTE vrs Iphone 4s

Doesn't really matter, with the whole 6(?) markets T has LTE launched in, compared to VZ's 178(?).

I may be a bit off in the market counts.
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Re: LTE vrs Iphone 4s

For an iPhone - does it matter ? 14.4Mbps capable (6-8Mbps in practice) is probably decent enough for the iPhone anyways.
Also, some of those LTE markets are pretty rural. I live 5 miles from LA, there there's +160,000, and in the high desert there's +500,000 - no LTE or WiMAX, only HSPA+ or EVDO.

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FINALLY!!!

It's about time!

Reno7
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Unlimited Plans?

So... if we switch to LTE I assume we loose our grandfathered unlimited plans from the 1st iPhone? If that is the case, I'd rather stick with unlimited HSPA+.

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Re: Unlimited Plans?

When they launched HSPA+ 4G, they let you keep your grandfathered unlimited data plan. They may also be doing the same thing here.

shoanE

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Re: Unlimited Plans?

I kept my unlimited plan when swapping form the iphone4 to the samsung infuse 4G so my plan now says unlimited HSPA+ or what ever the right nomenclature is.

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Re: Unlimited Plans?

Same when I went from the Nexus One to the Inspire 4G.
ksharp25

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Still not good enough..

Maybe I am a fanboy...maybe elitist, I dont know. But its still not good enough. I want a fully capable, battery STABLE, TRUE 4g LTE iPhone. And until one exists...Im not upgrading to 4G anything.

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Re: Still not good enough..

said by ksharp25:

Maybe I am a fanboy...maybe elitist, I dont know. But its still not good enough. I want a fully capable, battery STABLE, TRUE 4g LTE iPhone. And until one exists...Im not upgrading to 4G anything.

Battery Stable, you mean like the user being able to replace the battery?
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ksharp25

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Re: Still not good enough..

More like battery life that can actually last more than 1 day

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There is life at the deathstar apparently...


That's no moon...
9 Cities with LTE for AT&T in November....
vs.
178 Cities with LTE for Verizon in November....

WTF is going on over there AT&T? Wake up!

I'm getting the feeling that you're half-a$$ing the LTE rollout until the T-Mobile acquisition goes through.

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Bill Neilson
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Alright! Any chance I will get reliable 3g service

by the time this rolls around?

Or maybe my LTE service will be as crappy as my 3g for the foreseeable future?

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If You Buy, Go For The Samsung

I have had some very bad experiences with HTC phones. I currently have the AT&T Galaxy S ll (which is not LTE BTW), and love it.

My advice would be to go for the Samsung.
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Re: If You Buy, Go For The Samsung

I only have 2 issues with Samsung: 1. Most their stock ROMs absolutely rot-more than most. 2. The mini usb jack is cheap. Cheap to a point I'm looking at an external battery cradle charger. Mine is flaky on my original Galaxy S model and I have seen plenty break-not to mention friends who deal with repairing these things call it the number one Achilles heel with this line of phones-especially the recessed one on the AT&T Captivate. They loved what I told them about if mine dies, I will just buy a usb cradle charger with an extra battery to swap, rather than get a possibly otherwise messed up and short-lived refurb, or signing a new contract for an upgrade(for which I'm eligible), since I feel they make half these things for something to break after one year, but before the 2 is up.
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