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AT&T to sell first prepaid Android smartphone beginning April 17



On April 17, AT&T will release two new LG smartphones, the "Thrive" and the "Phoenix," the first of which will be the their first prepaid smartphone under the GoPhone label. The phones have 3.2-inch color displays and will ship with Android 2.2, Exchange email support, unlimited Wi-Fi usage on the AT&T Wi-Fi Hot Spot network and 3.2-megapixel cameras.

lg_thrive_front.jpgWith the GoPhone Thrive, customers can get a smartphone and choose a data package with no long-term contract. The packages available will be:

  • NEW: $25 FOR 500MB
  • $5 for 10MB (previously $4.99 for 1MB)
  • $15 for 100MB (previously $19.99)

The phones will have similar features with the main difference being the capability of the Phoenix to operate in USB-tethered and WiFi hotspot mode. The Thrive will sell for $179.99 and the Phoenix will be $49.99 with a 2-year contract. Here are the specs:

  • Android 2.2 platform
  • HSDPA 7.2 3G data speeds
  • 600MHz application processor
  • 3.2”  320 x 480 262k color full-touch display
  • Wi-Fi/aGPS capable
  • 160MB User Memory w/ microSD storage (up to 32GB)
  • 2GB microSD card installed
  • 3.2MP Auto-focus camera
  • Stereo Bluetooth
  • Quad-band GSM / Tri-band 3G (world capable)
  • 1500 mAh long-life battery
  • Text/Picture and Video Messaging support
  • POP3/IMAP/Gmail/EAS email support


[Last modified: Wednesday, April 13, 2011 2:45pm]


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