AT&T announces first phones for new network

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NEW YORK (AP) ? AT&T says the first two phones to run on its new high-speed data network will go on sale Sunday.

The phones are the HTC Vivid and the Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket. Both are big touchscreen smartphones that run Google Inc.’s Android software.

AT&T Inc. is building a network based on Long-Term Evolution, or LTE, technology. It offers higher data speeds and offloads traffic from the current data network.

The network covers Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas-Fort Worth, Houston and San Antonio, Texas. On Sunday, it will be expanded to Boston, Washington, Baltimore and Athens, Ga. By the end of the year, the goal is to have the network live in 15 cities.

Verizon Wireless has been selling Android phones for its LTE network since this spring.