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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 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.
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