AT&T Prepping Its First Smartphone for the Pre-paid Market

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The LG Thrive is coming to AT&T, and will be this carrier’s first smartphone to be available on a pre-paid, no-contract basis. A second version of this Android OS device dubbed the LG Phoenix will be available for post-paid subscribers.

LG ThriveDespite their different names, these two will be almost identical. The only noticeable physical difference will be their casing colors — the Thrive will have a silver casing and the Phoenix a blue one.

They are going to be versions of the LG Optimus One, a model that debuted last year. As such, they will have a 3.2-inch, HVGA Touchscreen in a bar shape. They will run Android OS 2.2 (Froyo) on a 600 MHz processor, and will include a 3.2 megapixel auto-focus camera and a 2 GB microSD memory card.

LG PhoenixBoth are going to be able to connect to AT&T’s 3G network (up to 7.2 Mbps downloads), and include Wi-Fi, Stereo Bluetooth, and a GPS receiver.

Price and Availability
On April 17, AT&T will begin selling LG Thrive for $180. A GoPhone smartphone plan and data package will be required to use data services on this device. The LG Phoenix will be available on the same day for $50 with a two-year service contact. Both devices will be sold in AT&T’s own retail stores and in select national retail locations.




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