AT&T's GoPhone pre-paid mobile unit will sell the LG Thrive for $179 without a contract, while the LG Phoenix is more or less the same Android 2.2 phone, albeit for $49 on contract.
AT&T said it will begin selling the LG Thrive and LG
Phoenix, prepaid and post-paid Android 2.2 smartphones, respectively, at its
U.S. stores April 17.
and Phoenix, two of what AT&T
pledged would be more than a dozen Android gadgets launching this year, are the
Both devices feature a 600MHz processor, 3.2-inch color
touchcreens, a 3.2MP camera, support for Microsoft Exchange email and unlimited
Wi-Fi usage on the national AT&T Wi-Fi Hot Spot network.
Both the silver-colored Thrive and the dark blue-hued
Phoenix will include Google account synchronization, Facebook and Twitter apps and seven customizable home screens.
The Thrive and Phoenix also feature a 2GB
microSD card, 160MB User Memory microSD storage up to 32GB, a 2GB microSD card
installed and a 1500 mAh battery.
The differences between the handsets lie mostly in the
pricing and data service plans.
The silver-colored LG Thrive is the first Android smartphone
available for AT&T GoPhone prepaid customers, sporting flexible data
packages and no contract for $179.
However, prepaid customers who buy the Thrive must pick a
data package in addition to GoPhone's smartphone $0.10/min Plan or Smartphone
$2/day Unlimited Talk and Text Plan. Data packages are $5 for 10MB of data, $15
for 100MB or 500MB of data for $25.
The LG Phoenix will cost customers $49.99 with a $36
activation fee and a two-year deal with a voice plan and smartphone data plan
starting at $15 a month. Phoenix buyers are also eligible for mobile hotspot
and data tethering, which require a DataPro 4GB Plan.
The Thrive and Phoenix lie at the opposite end of the
smartphone spectrum from the premium, high-end Motorola
, which AT&T began selling in February for $199.99 with a
two-year deal. The Atrix 4G has a 4-inch, quarter-high-definition screen.
The AT&T phones also come one week after T-Mobile
unveiled its Samsung Galaxy Prevail
prepaid smartphone, which like the Thrive runs Android 2.2, has a
3.2-inch touchscreen and costs $179 without a contract. This handset
will be available until later this month from Boost Mobile.