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AT&T Takes Another Bite of Windows Phone, Adding Three Mango Devices to Lineup

After making its first stop in Japan, the Mango version of Windows Phone is now making plans to come stateside.

AT&T on Monday announced plans for three new phones running the operating system, as well as plans to upgrade existing Windows Phone 7 devices to Mango this fall.

The new lineup will include HTC’s recently unveiled Titan and two new models from Samsung — the large-screen Focus S and the more budget-oriented Focus Flash. (Note: I initially was out of focus and had these two reversed.)

All the new phones are due in the fourth quarter, AT&T said.

While other carriers have offered a limited Windows Phone lineup, AT&T has been by far the most agressive, offering multiple models from different handset makers.

“Our customers love Windows Phones which is why we’ve sold more of them than anyone else,” AT&T senior VP Jeff Bradley said in a statement. “We’re taking our leadership to a whole new level by getting the Mango update to all existing customers and rolling out awesome new Windows Phones.”

The Windows Phone news comes just ahead of a key Microsoft developer conference, which starts Tuesday in Anaheim, Calif.

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