These days, phones seem to be getting cheaper and cheaper in the U.S., while plans creep higher and higher in price. International data packages are being hacked, and data limits are being applied. But it's sure enticing; AT&T has just lowered the initial barrier to entry quite significantly on a number of phones.
AT&T customers can now get the Samsung
Captivate for $99.99, BlackBerry Torch, Samsung Focus, LG Quantum for $49.99 and the BlackBerry
Curve 3G for $29.99 after a two-year commitment, with no rebate required on any of them. That's a good chunk of BB and Android phones for a small chunk of money, but the fact that you have to tack a 2-year data plan onto each makes it somewhat less of a stellar deal.
The company also announced some pretty nice deals on Windows Phone 7 devices; hard to say why all of the price cuts are coming at once, but maybe they're just ridding stock before the inevitable T-Mobile merger. Just a wild thought, of course.
AT&T Welcomes Spring with New Smartphone Prices
New Offers on Samsung Captivate™, BlackBerry® Torch™, Samsung Focus, LG Quantum and BlackBerry® Curve™ 3G
Dallas, Texas, March 28, 2011
AT&T* is putting an extra spring into the steps of customers this season with limited time pricing on five premier smartphones from its industry-leading portfolio. AT&T customers can now get the Samsung Captivate™ for $99.99, BlackBerry® Torch, Samsung Focus, LG Quantum for $49.99 and the BlackBerry® Curve™ 3G for $29.99 after a two-year commitment (no rebate required.) These offers are available in AT&T company-owned retail stores nationwide and online.
Samsung Captivate™ - $99.99
The Android™ 2.2 powered Samsung Captivate with 4” Super AMOLED display brings users a fully integrated entertainment, messaging and social networking experience packaged in a sleek, streamlined design.
BlackBerry® Torch™ 9800 smartphone - $49.99
This smartphone includes the BlackBerry® 6 OS with fast, rich browsing, integrated social feeds, universal search and BlackBerry App World™ with carrier billing support. Its all-in-one design combines the benefits of a hi-resolution touch screen, slide out QWERTY keyboard and an optical trackpad.
Samsung Focus - $49.99
The Focus™ debuted as AT&T's thinnest Windows Phone and offers a visually stunning experience with a Super AMOLED™ screen on a sleek 9.9 mm-thin touch screen phone. With the Focus'™ amazingly crisp, brilliant display, photos, games and videos come alive.
LG Quantum - $49.99
A Windows Phone with a slide-out keyboard for quick use of Office Mobile®, users can stay active and up to date with work. The LG Quantum also features DLNA technology through a preloaded application called Play To, which allows users to wirelessly stream videos, music, and pictures from the phone to a DLNA-enabled TV, stereo, Windows 7 PC and other consumer electronics devices.
BlackBerry® Curve™ 3G smartphone - $29.99
This classic BlackBerry® smartphone features a full QWERTY keyboard, the signature BlackBerry messaging experience, powerful personal information management capabilities, BlackBerry App World™ with carrier billing support and much more. BlackBerry Curve 3G smartphone is BlackBerry® 6 OS ready.
For the complete array of AT&T offerings, visit http://www.att.com/.
New 2-year wireless service agreement with minimum $15/mo data plan required. Other charges, restrictions and conditions apply. See store for details.
*AT&T products and services are provided or offered by subsidiaries and affiliates of AT&T Inc. under the AT&T brand and not by AT&T Inc.