Those leery of long-term contracts may now join Android's ranks on AT&T, who keeping with their promise
, began shipping the Thrive, its first smartphone in the prepaid column. As we'd reported earlier, this restyled Optimus One
can be yours for $179.99, no strings attached. Those scraping pennies together can join the (relatively limited) data consumption at 10MB per month for $5... though we feel 100MB for $15, or 500MB at $25, are comparatively better deals. On a related note, the same phone -- this time known as the Phoenix -- is available in slate blue attire with AT&T's customary two-year commitment for $49.99. Though both phones ship with Froyo, we're hopeful to see a Gingerbread update in due time
-- depending on Ma Bell's whim, of course.