AT&T Announces New 4G LTE Markets, First LTE Smartphones for Nov. 6th

AT&T is making one of its biggest LTE pushes to date starting November 6th. On that day, the next-gen 4G service will roll out to four new markets — Boston, Washington, D.C, Baltimore, and Athens, GA — and will be accompanied by the launch of the networks first 4G LTE smartphones. The Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket and HTC Vivid will lead the LTE charge as AT&T’s network expands to nine markets in total.

The Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket is the phone we have come to know as the Galaxy S II LTE in other regions. It features a large 4.5-inch Super AMOLED Plus display and a 1.5GHz dual-core processor. The HTC Vivid features an equally large display with qHD resolution and a 1.2GHz dual-core processor. Both devices feature 8MP cameras with 1080p video capture and 16GB of on-board storage. The Vivid will be available for $199.99 on a two-year contract while the Skyrocket will cost $249.99 under the same terms.

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
Dallas, Texas, October 31, 2011

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 (540×960 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(800×480 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.

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  • DoughboyDiligence

    So what would make me buy Galaxy Nexus over this Samsung Skyrocket beast of a phone? And don’t say direct Google updates because I am a ROM flasher afficionado :).

    • anthonyjustice

      i’m with you on that, mate. now the choice is gonna be super hard. sell my international SGS2 for an SGS2 LTE or GNex??? i have no clue!

      • feztheforeigner

        GNex has a better camera, MUCH higher resolution screen, direct and FASTER Google updates, more sentimental, better coverage, (opinion) sexier, more ergonomic (curved), NFC, barometer, better speakers, more dev support, will actually live out its contract without lagging behind or being completely left behind…I think the choice is pretty clear…

        • anthonyjustice

          yeah the choice is only hard because i already have the original SGS2 and love it haha. MIUI is finally stable. going to a new device, i’ll be giving that up for a good while unfortunately. all of your points are valid, though.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_AZLODYTYNOVZNYYL2AJSLW7FJ4 Percy

      More LTE coverage for the Galaxy Nexus plus you don’t have to wait a year to get the ICS update from Samsung.

    • dario sucic

      The screen?

    • ClayRogers

      if your a ROM flasher like myself I’d think you’d appreciate direct updates even more. Who wants to wait for crappy ports that always have at least five things that don’t work?

  • http://www.facebook.com/bwardingley Bill Wardingley

    oh yeah baby i am all over the GSII

  • http://twitter.com/yomama84 yomama84

    I really want the Note….but I guess i’ll get this phone.

  • Sean Boyle

    Wow, another Galaxy S2 not even a month after the regular one came out? Nice job AT&T, way to screw over the early adopters. IMO this is even worse than the Bionic getting replaced by the Razr.

  • Jon

    Bahaha pathetic……. Verizon > ATT

    • PhishyKris

      in so many ways.

    • dbcad7

      Well, yes for now there is more LTE coverage on Verizon.. but when bumped down to 3G, what is Verizons 3G speed compared to AT&T’s ?

      • PhishyKris

        VZW 3G is abysmal, but who cares…LTE is so incredibly fast and in over 100? markets now. I haven’t seen a 3G on my phone in 9 months and I travel extensively in CA.

        I heard that VZW did a lot of infrastructure work on the metro and long haul traffic speed as well as the obvious LTE chip upgrade that increased speeds from phone to tower. Does anyone know if ATT has done the same amount of overhaul or just dropped LTE radios on the towers?

  • toomuchgame441

    I guess it comes down to price… That is if the GNex will have LTE too with at&t

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_P6OZ24ZFDAGZSMZHLS7OMLIG34 Newbey

    Crap Crap Crap! Now I don’t know which one to get, each has areas where it is better than the other! I am so confused now, LOL!

  • ClayRogers

    Wow, what the screw for people who just bought the AT&T galaxy s ii last month!

  • Jeff Hamm

    I’ll stick with unlimited 3g/4g with Verizon tyvm. Gimme that nexus

  • ThinkAgain

    I thought it was the nexus announcement!?! Sheeesh Sigh….

  • REVS

    UMMMMM…….4 AREAS??????????
    ILL STICK WITH T-MOBILES 42MBPS HSPA+ which is pretty much everywhere and does not destroy your battery

    • REVS

      or atleast go verizon if u really want lte

  • hulk smash

    False advertisement! 8==>

  • Tomato88

    Hopefully this will convince Verizon to chop their high-end phone prices down to $199 again. I know it won’t, but I can hope, right?

  • Gus70

    Can someone please check the HTC Vivid for NFC support?  Go to Settings > Wireless & Networks and see if NFC is listed. Thanks.