AT&T is kicking October off with a pair of announcements this morning, one related to a new smartphone and the other a rate plan. First up, AT&T has confirmed that it plans to offer the Sony Xperia TL. The Xperia TL looks to be an AT&T-friendly version of the Xperia T that debuted at IFA 2012 in August, featuring a 4.55-inch 720p display, 1.5GHz dual-core processor and 13-megapixel camera. Also included in the Xperia TL is NFC support and AT&T 4G LTE connectivity. Expect the Xperia TL to launch with Android 4.0.4 in tow, though AT&T does promise than an update to Android 4.1 Jelly Bean will hit after launch. No launch or pricing details have been disclosed.
Along with the Xperia TL, AT&T today revealed a new GoPhone smartphone rate plan. Arriving on October 7, the Monthly Unlimited Plan with Data includes unlimited talk and text as well as 1GB of data for $65 per month. GoPhone customers with a smartphone will still be able to sign up for the $50 unlimited talk and text offering or the $25 plan with 250 minutes and unlimited texting. AT&T also announced the AT&T Fusion 2, which features a 3.5-inch 480x320 display, 800MHz processor, 3.2-megapixel camera and Android 2.3 Gingerbread for $99 sans contract.
When Sony initially announced the Xperia T at IFA 2012, there wasn't much in the way of U.S. availability information on the device, so it's good to see that the company's new high-end Android handset will be hitting the shelves of at least one U.S. carrier. Of course, we don't know precisely when the Xperia TL will be arriving on AT&T, but we do know that it'll be featured in the upcoming James Bond flick Skyfall. So if the thought of having the same phone as 007 piques your interest, stay tuned and we'll bring you the availability details as soon as we get 'em.