AT&T Lands LG's Arena Smartphone: HSPA And Mobile TV Capable

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Mobile World Congress 2010 just wrapped up over in Spain, but withsmartphones making such an impact these days, we don't expect the newsflow surrounding them to subside anytime soon. One phone that wasn'ttalked about in Barcelona was LG's Arena, but it's definitely makingitself known here in the U.S. It's one of the few new phones onAT&T's network that supports the next-generation 7.2Mbps HSPA 3Gnetwork infrastructure (which leads to faster downloads and uploadswhen you're in a 3G area), and it's also capable of handling Mobile TV.

Starting on 2/26, the Arena will be available to order at AT&T'swebsite, and on March 7th it will be in stores nationwide. It measuresjust over 0.5" thick and has brushes of aluminum and polished metal.Hardware wise, there's a 3" touch-panel which is perfect for watchingmultimedia on the go, and the "3D S-Class" interface puts music andmovies just a finger press away. There's also a 5MP auto-focus camera,geo-tagging support and compatibility with AT&T's Mobile TVservice. The programming comes from FLO TV, enabling Arena owners tosee ABC, ABC Entertainment, ABC Family, ABC News, ABC Sports, CBS, CBSCollege Sports, CBS News, CNBC, COMEDY CENTRAL, Disney Channel, DisneyChannel Original Movies, ESPN, ESPNEWS, ESPN 2, FOX, FOX News Channel,FOX Sports, FUEL TV, msnbc, MTV, NBC, NBC 2Go, NBC News, NBC Sports,nickelodeon, Playhouse Disney (and much more) right on their phone. Thecost is $9.99 per month, with the first week being thrown in for free.

The LG Arena will be sold for $199.99 after rebate, though a 2-yearservice agreement is required. We kind of doubt something like thiswill truly rival the iPhone or any Android phone, but for those needingmobile TV specifically, it's about the best option out right now.

“This device gives our customers easy access to everything, fromsocial networking sites to their favorite TV show, with just a tap of afinger,” said Michael Woodward, vice president, Mobile Phone Portfolio,AT&T Mobility and Consumer Markets. “LG ARENA connects people totheir world while backed by the nation’s fastest 3G network.”

“LGARENA seamlessly blends advanced mobile technology, cutting edgedesign, and smarter features,” said Ehtisham Rabbani, vice president ofMarketing and Innovation at LG Mobile Phones. “With its exceptional 5MPcamera, advanced GPS, entertainment features, and easy access to weband social networking sites, LG ARENA is a hard-working andsophisticated choice for both consumers and business users.”

In addition, the LG ARENA boasts:

  • AT&T Mobile Browser– combines full HTML browsing with unique customization features socustomers can easily surf the global Internet; view location-awarelocal news and weather; and read the latest headlines from popularnews, sports and entertainment sites.
  • AT&T Navigator –offersturn-by-turn voice and onscreen driving directions, automaticrerouting, real-time traffic monitoring and more. AT&T Navigator isavailable for $9.99 per month, and new subscribers receive their first30 days of their subscription for free.
  • AT&T Social Net – provides easy access to all your social networking sites including Facebook, Twitter and MySpace in one easy-to-use interface.

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Super Dave replied on Sun, Feb 21 2010 12:31 AM

LOL...check THIS out!Big Smile

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Inspector replied on Sun, Feb 21 2010 8:43 PM

LMFAO, Wha? Wha? I can't compare Verizon's 3g because i haven't tried it but att's 3g is not too slow but it disconnected on me a lot these day...

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rapid1 replied on Mon, Feb 22 2010 2:20 AM

Yeah the phone is definitely cool looking. I still don't understand AT&T's outlook going forward though. Seeing as every provider but AT&T in the US seems to be either working on presently with 4G or bringing it through this year, and AT&T just upgrading there 3G service I am confused. The difference in data network speed as well as connectivity range and stability is so far past 3G, and security also blows it out of the water, so why!

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