AT&T Lowers Price of Some Android, BlackBerry & Windows Phone Devices to $50

Here’s an interesting pair of AT&T related news.

AT&T Welcomes Spring with New Smartphone Prices (AT&T Press Release)

AT&T lowered the prices of a variety of smartphones Samsung Captivate (Android), BlackBerry Torch, Samsung Focus (Windows Phone), and LG Quantum (Windows Phone) are all priced at $49.99 with a two-year contract. The BlackBerry Curve 3G is priced all the way down to $29.99. Note that these are all 3G phones.

Meanwhile, ars technica reports that:

AT&T admits to slowing down the Motorola Atrix and HTC Inspire (ars technica)

This explains why we’ve been seeing reports of slower than 3G data speeds on these two Android-based 4G capable phones. It is fascinating to note that the slow data rates is apparently due to a firmware modification that AT&T now says it will “fix”.