AT&T Announces Release Date for First LTE Smartphones: HTC Vivid, Samsung Skyrocket

AT&T is introducing its first fourth-generation-LTE capable smartphones as the nation’s second-largest wireless operator expands its 4G network to four more U.S. cities.

Both powered by Google’s Android operating system, the HTC Vivid and Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket will be available for sale online and hit AT&T-owned stores on Nov. 6  the same day AT&T launches 4G LTE service in Athens, Ga., Boston, Baltimore and Washington, D.C.

“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 of AT&T Mobility and Consumer Markets, in statement.

The expansion will bring to nine the number of U.S. cities where AT&T’s 4G LTE network is available. Dallas-based AT&T plans to launch 4G services in six more markets by the end of the year.

AT&T will sell one of its first two 4G smartphones  the HTC Vivid  for $199.99 with a two-year commitment. The smartphone features the HTC Sense user experience, which includes a customizable active lockscreen that transforms the display into a real-time window to such content as social updates, photos, weather or stock updates. Featuring a SuperAMOLED Plus display spanning 4.5-inches, the Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket can be purchased for $249.99 with a two-year commitment.

AT&T, which serves 68.6 million postpaid customers based on third-quarter results, offers tiered data plans starting at $15 per month for 200 megabytes of data.

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