DALLAS — The full touchscreen LG Arena multimedia phone launched by AT&T expands the carrier’s selection of phones with 7.2Mbps HSPA technology to six and phones equipped with Flo TV to two. The device will be available online at
. att.com beginning Feb. 26, and in AT&T stores nationwide March 7, at $199 with two-year contract after mail-in rebate consisting of a $50 AT&T promotion card.
LG unveiled the phone a year ago at the February 2009 Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain. The AT&T version operates in 3G mode in AT&T’s 850/1,900MHz bands but not in the foreign 2.1GHz band.
The Arena is slightly more than a half-inch thick with 3-inch WVGA touchscreen, virtual QWERTY keyboard, and LG’s 3D user interface, which features a rotating 3D cube, each side with customizable home screen. The cube can be turned with a fi nger fl ick. Reel scrolling lays out menus as if they were on a fi lm reel, letting users scroll from icon to icon by dragging a fi nger. Other features include assisted GPS, 5-megapixel autofocus camera, ability to record DVD-quality video, DixV video playback, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g, and the ability to send geo-tagged photos and videos.
The phone’s Dolby Mobile postprocessing delivers a surround sound experience through any headphones. It also up-mixes mono to stereo and stereo to 5.1-channel surround, and enhances bass response and clarity.
Flo TV service, branded as AT&T Mobile TV, is available at $9.99/ month.