AT&T launches Samsung Focus 2 for $50

Sales of the low-priced Windows Phone begin May 20

AT&T on Monday announced another low-priced Windows Phone, the $49.99 Samsung Focus 2, which will run on 4G LTE and will go on sale May 20.

AT&T will sell the $49.99 Samsung Focus 2 for $49.99.

AT&T began selling the 4.3-in. Nokia Lumia 900 on April 8, initially rebating the entire $99.99 price in a clear bid to win market share for the manufacturer and the operating system, Windows Phone 7.5. Both the Lumia 900 and Focus 2 require two-year contracts.

The Focus 2 has a 4-in. Super Amoled touchscreen, with a 5-megapixel rear-facing camera and a front-facing VGA camera for video chat. Samsung also makes the Focus, FocusFlash and Focus S smartphones, but the Focus 2 is Samsung's first device on 4G LTE.

AT&T sells the $199.99 HTC Titan II smartphone with a 4.7-in. screen in addition to the Nokia 900 and now the Samsung Focus 2 -- all on 4G LTE.

AT&T offers more Windows Phones than any other carrier, and is interested in offering an alternative to the popular iPhone and Android phones, partly to gain a stronger negotiating position when striking deals with Apple and other manufacturers, analysts said.

Windows Phone commands only about 2% of the global smartphone market, and analysts said it is too early to judge the success of recent Windows Phone models.

Matt Hamblen covers mobile and wireless, smartphones and other handhelds, and wireless networking for Computerworld. Follow Matt on Twitter at @matthamblen or subscribe to Matt's RSS feed. His email address is mhamblen@computerworld.com.

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