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Samsung Focus 2 Brings Another Affordable Windows Phone to AT&T

AT&T’s foray into the home-security business might seem a curious move, but one area where the carrier is no stranger is Windows Phone devices.

Of the four major U.S. wireless providers, AT&T offers the biggest selection of Windows Phone handsets, and its collection continues to grow with today’s introduction of the Samsung Focus 2.

It’s the fourth model in Samsung’s Focus series (following the original Flash, the Focus S and Focus Flash) and features a four-inch Super AMOLED touchscreen, a five-megapixel camera with 720p HD video-recording capabilities and a front-facing camera for video calls.

The Windows Phone 7.5 smartphone is also 4G LTE ready.

However, the most attractive aspect of the handset might be its affordable price tag: $49.99 with a two-year contract.

Of course, at that price, there are some trade-offs — such as a smaller screen and camera — when compared to some of the more expensive models, including the $99.99 Nokia Lumia 900 and the $199.99 HTC Titan II. Still, not everyone needs all the bells and whistles, and the Focus 2 looks to be a nice entry point for first-time smartphone buyers and those on a budget.

The Samsung Focus 2 is set for release on May 20, and comes only in white.

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The problem with the Billionaire Savior phase of the newspaper collapse has always been that billionaires don’t tend to like the kind of authority-questioning journalism that upsets the status quo.

— Ryan Chittum, writing in the Columbia Journalism Review about the promise of Pierre Omidyar’s new media venture with Glenn Greenwald