Our team hit New Orleans for CTIA Wireless 2012 just this morning, but we’ve already seen plenty of new products and services that match up to our predictions for this year’s show. MasterCard sought to clean up online shopping with Paypass Online, a one-stop digital manager for all your debit and credit cards. Samsung continues the smartphone “race to the bottom” (we mean that in a good way) with a new AT&T 4G LTE Windows Phone that costs just $50, and HTC races in a different direction–inward — thanks to a new compact Android smartphone for Verizon that somehow packs in a 8-MP camera and LTE support. Of course, it wouldn’t be New Orleans without a few surprises. You’ll have to keep reading to see what we found.
The good news is that the Samsung Focus 2 is pretty cheap for a smartphone with 4G LTE. For just $50, this Windows Phone comes with a 4-inch Super AMOLED display for wide viewing angles, a 5-MP back-facing camera, and a feather-like 4.3-ounce weight. The bad news? None so far.