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AT&T Adds New TV Phone

5/25/2010 10:41:42 AM Eastern

Dallas - AT&T's latest phone
to support Qualcomm's FLO TV service will be the LG Vu Plus, a touchscreen
phone with slide-from-the-side QWERTYY keyboard.

The 3G 7.2 Mbps HSPA phone
replaces the LG Vu, which lacked QWERTY keyboard but featured FLO TV. The Vu
Plus will join the carrier's other TV phone, the touchscreen-only Samsung
Mythic.

AT&T brands Qualcomm's
service as AT&T Mobile TV,
which provides 24-hour access to live and time-shifted programming from FLO TV
for $9.99 per month. New Mobile TV subscribers get the first seven days of
subscription-TV free.

The LG Vu Plus will be available
June 6 at AT&T retail stores nationwide and online at www.wireless.att.com on
June 6 for $149 with two-year service and after $50 mail-in rebate that takes
the form of a promotion card.. The company declined to comment on whether the
device would be sold through the indirect retail channel.

The handset features 3G HSPA
7.2Mbps technology, said to provide a "considerable speed boost" when combined
with an improved network backhaul that the carrier is deploying, according to
AT&T. The phone features a large touchscreen, four-line QWERTY keyboard,
full HTML browser, AT&T Navigator turn-by-turn navigation service at $9.99
per month with the first 30 days free, and AT&T Social Net service that
provides access to all of a subscriber's social-networking sites via one
interface.