Aug 31 AT 11:18 AM Nick Gray 36 Comments

Official: AT&T HTC Jetstream to land September 4th, priced out of this world

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Well there you have it, ladies and gentlemen. AT&T announced this morning that the HTC Jetstream will be the first 4G LTE tablet on their network. The Android 3.1 Honeycomb tablet will be available in stores and online starting September 4th. We certainly were not expecting the launch date to be so soon, but what’s even more surprising is the sticker price on the HTC Jetstream. AT&T will be selling the Jetstream for $699 with a two-year agreement for a new $35, 3GB monthly data plan. Anyone willing to pay full price for the tablet will need to save up an astonishing $849.

Specs on the HTC Jetstream include a 10.1-inch WXGA display, dual-core 1.5 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, front facing 1.3 MP camera, rear facing 8 MP and Dual LED flash camera, 7,300 mAh battery, microSD card slot and LTE (700/AWS), HSPA+/HSPA/UMTS (850/1900/2100 MHz), EDGE/GPRS (850/900/1800/1900 MHz) connections for data. The body of the Jetstream measures 7” (l) x 9.87” (w) x .51” (d) and weighs 25 ounces.

Just like the HTC Flyer, the HTC Jetstream features HTC Sense UX for tablets and HTC Scribe for digital pen input. While the HTC Scribe digital pen is not included in the price of the tablet, AT&T will be handing out the pen for free to those who purchase the HTC Jetstream between September 4 and October 15.

The HTC Jetstream is certainly one of the most advanced Honeycomb tablets to be announced, but it looks like it’s destined for failure right out of the gate. What’s the most you would pay for a high-end Honeycomb tablet? Are any of you willing to pay $699 for the HTC Jetstream in addition to a $35 per month data package?

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Key Facts

  • Customers can purchase HTC Jetstream, AT&T’s* first 4G LTE/HSPA+ tablet, online and in company-owned retail stores starting September 4.
  • HTC Jetstream is HTC’s first tablet running on the Androidâ„¢ 3.1 (Honeycomb) operating system which was specifically built for tablets.
  • Tablet features a 10.1” HD display, Snapdragon 1.5 GHz dual core processor and front and rear facing cameras.
  • For the first time, AT&T customers can receive discounted tablet pricing after committing to a two-year agreement for a new $35, 3GB monthly data plan.
  • For a limited time, HTC Scribe â„¢ – an optional digital pen accessory- will be available at no additional cost.

Customer Benefits

Exclusive to AT&T customers, HTC Jetstream is the company’s first 4G LTE/HSPA+tablet.  It runs the Androidâ„¢ 3.1 (Honeycomb) operating system and represents the first iteration of the HTC Senseâ„¢ user experience on Honeycomb.  HTC Jetstream boasts a large 10.1” WXGA high-resolution display for an immersive entertainment experience, third-generation Snapdragon 1.5 GHz dual core processor for fast multi-tasking and instant screen refresh. A rich web browsing experience supports Adobe® Flash® Player and an enhanced HD video experience with1080p playback and capture.

The tablet is also compatible with HTC Scribeâ„¢ – an optional digital pen accessory, which is sold separately, – for content creation as well as Evernote integration for storing your documents in the cloud.  Additionally, HTC Jetstream is preloaded with services optimized for the tablet such as AT&T Family Map, AT&T Navigator ®, HTC Watchâ„¢, HTC Hub, Friendstreamâ„¢, Android Market, and much more.

Android 3.1 (Honeycomb)

HTC Jetstream is AT&T’s first tablet to showcase the Androidâ„¢ 3.1 OS.  The brand new operating system was designed from the ground up for devices with larger screens.  It improves on Android favorites with new interactive and resizeable widgets plus improved multi-tasking, browsing, notifications, and customization.  The new version of the platform also features Google Maps 5.0 with 3D-like interaction, access to over three million Google eBooks, incognito mode for browsing internet with no history tracking and Google Talk with video chat over Wi-Fi.

Quotes

“This tablet is a beautiful 10.1-inch, LTE powered masterpiece,” said Jeff Bradley, senior vice president, Devices, AT&T Mobility and Consumer Markets.  “When you combine powerful options like HTC Jetstream with our upcoming LTE technology and nationwide HSPA+ network, it flies.”

“HTC Jetstream combines the acclaimed HTC Sense experience with Android Honeycomb to provide an innovative and engaging experience on a 10.1 inch tablet,” said Martin Fichter, acting president, HTC Americas Region.  “Paired with AT&T’s upcoming 4G LTE speed and mobility, HTC Jetstream delivers connectivity for social and entertainment needs alongside productivity and creativity tools in a portable package.”

Price and Availability

On September 4, the tablet will be available exclusively to AT&T customers online and in company-owned retail stores for $699.99 with a new two-year contract.

AT&T postpaid tablet customers now have a new $35, 3 GB monthly data plan option with a two-year contract. Customers who do not choose a long-term commitment may still select one of two existing monthly billing options:

  • Postpaid:  $14.99 for 250 MB or $25 for 2 GB. Customers on the 2 GB plan who exceed their monthly data allotment will be charged $10 per 1 GB of overage.  Charges will appear on customers’ monthly wireless statements.
  • Prepaid:  $14.99 for 250 MB or $25 for 2 GB. Customers on the 2 GB plan who exceed their monthly data allotment may choose to purchase an additional 2 GB for $25.  Charges will appear on customers’ credit card statements.

Offering the simplicity of a single bill, the postpaid option will show up on customers’ monthly wireless bill after the data is used. The new postpaid billing option will be available online at www.att.com and across AT&T retail locations.

For more information, please visit www.att.com/jetstream.

HTC Jetstream Specifications

  • LTE (700/AWS)
  • HSPA+/HSPA/UMTS (850/1900/2100 MHz)
  • EDGE/GPRS (850/900/1800/1900 MHz)
  • Android 3.1 (Honeycomb)
  • HTC Senseâ„¢ UX for tablets
  • Display: 10.1” WXGA HD screen
  • Processor:  Third-generation Snapdragon 1.5GHz dual-core processor
  • Camera: Front Facing 1.3 MP, Rear facing 8 MP and Dual LED Flash
  • Battery: 7,300 mAh
  • Expandable Memory:  MicroSD up to 32 GB
  • Dimensions: 7” (l) x 9.87” (w) x .51” (d)
  • Weight: 25 ounces

*AT&T products and services are provided or offered by subsidiaries and affiliates of AT&T Inc. under the AT&T brand and not by AT&T Inc.

Limited 4G LTE availability in select markets. 4G speeds delivered by HSPA+ (with enhanced backhaul) or LTE, where available. Deployment ongoing. Compatible data plan required. LTE is a trademark of ETSI. Learn more at att.com/network.

AT&T FamilyMap and AT&T Navigator® require a separate subscription.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION: Limited-time offer. Specifications subject to change. Device subject to availability. Mobile broadband access requires a DataConnect Plan for Tablets or a Session Based DataConnect Plan. DataConnect Plans are billed monthly and automatically renew every month, unless you cancel service prior to the start of the monthly renewal. No term commitment or termination fees apply (with no service commitment plans). Overage charges apply if the monthly data allowance is exceeded. Offer not available for on-tablet activation. Credit check may be required. Geographic and other restrictions apply. Session Based DataConnect Pass Plans for Tablets: Time begins expiring immediately upon purchase/activation, whether you are using the service or not. Once your time expires or the allotted data is used, whichever comes first, your data access will cease. 30-day domestic plans automatically renew, unless you cancel auto-renewal. Fees are non-refundable. Other restrictions apply. For full terms see DataConnect Pass Wireless Data Services Agreement on att.com/wirelesslegal.

Promotional tablet pricing requires a two-year agreement and a minimum $35 a month 3 GB DataConnect Plan for tablets. Overage is $10 for each GB provided, if the included monthly data allowance is exceeded. Geographic and other restrictions apply. Early Termination Fee: None if cancelled in the first 30 days, but up to 10% restocking fee may apply to returns; thereafter up to $325. Some agents impose additional fees. Equipment fee may apply if service canceled within 30 days of purchase. See att.com/returns for details. Sales tax calculated based on price of unactivated equipment.

CRU and IRU customers must purchase a qualifying DataConnect Plan for Tablets.

HTC Scribe Pen Offer: Customers must add the HTC Scribe at time of purchase. Offer cannot be combined with any other equipment promotion, discount, or other offer. Subject to availability limitations. Sales tax calculated based on price of unactivated equipment. Customers who purchase HTC Jetstream between September 4 and October 15 and later return the device must also return the HTC Scribe pen. Offer runs until Sunday, October 15, 2011 11:59 p.m. EDT.

About AT&T
AT&T Inc. (NYSE:T) is a premier communications holding company. Its subsidiaries and affiliates — AT&T operating companies — are the providers of AT&T services in the United States and around the world. With a powerful array of network resources that includes the nation’s fastest mobile broadband network, AT&T is a leading provider of wireless, Wi-Fi, high speed Internet and voice services. A leader in mobile broadband, AT&T also offers the best wireless coverage worldwide, offering the most wireless phones that work in the most countries. It also offers advanced TV services under the AT&T U-verse® and AT&T | DIRECTV brands. The company’s suite of IP-based business communications services is one of the most advanced in the world. In domestic markets, AT&T Advertising Solutions and AT&T Interactive are known for their leadership in local search and advertising.

Additional information about AT&T Inc. and the products and services provided by AT&T subsidiaries and affiliates is available at http://www.att.com. This AT&T news release and other announcements are available at http://www.att.com/newsroom and as part of an RSS feed at www.att.com/rss. Or follow our news on Twitter at @ATT. Find us on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/ATT to discover more about our consumer and wireless services or at www.Facebook.com/ATTSmallBiz to discover more about our small business services.

About HTC
HTC Corp. (HTC) is one of the fastest-growing companies in the mobile phone industry. By putting people at the center of everything it does, HTC creates innovative devices that better serve the lives and needs of individuals. The company is listed on the Taiwan Stock Exchange under ticker 2498. For more information about HTC, please visit www.htc.com.

© 2011 AT&T Intellectual Property. All rights reserved. Mobile broadband not available in all areas. AT&T, the AT&T logo and all other marks contained herein are trademarks of AT&T Intellectual Property and/or AT&T affiliated companies. All other marks contained herein are the property of their respective owners.

Source: AT&T

Nick is a tech enthusiast who has a soft spot for HTC and its devices. He started HTCsource.com (the first HTC blog) back in 2007 and later joined the Android and Me family in the summer of 2010.

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  • BiGMERF

    700 dollars?! Are you kidding me?! That is insane! They seling it more than an ipad? And thats with a contract.. Wow

  • thaghost

    Stupid!!

  • Phil Baggins

    How do CEO’s make such bank when they are so ****ing stupid? There are newer & better tablets coming with ICS in the near future. Why anyone would buy this when there are better alternatives, I have no idea.

    1) Carrier tied to AT&T.
    2) Honeycomb 3.1 with HTC Sense.
    3) $699 / $849.
    4) $35 month = $840 2yr of capped LTE.
    5) Scribe pen not included.
    6) Were in a recession.

    Go **** yourself HTC.

    • BiGMERF

      All the profanity is justified here !LOL

      • Futureboy

        I would even go as far as to say that Phil showed a bit of restraint in his post!

    • http://htcsource.com Nick Gray

      You should channel most of your anger towards AT&T, not HTC. HTC will probably unveil a WiFi In version of the Puccini tomorrow which will be priced lower (but probably not by much). In less than a six months the on-contract price of the Galaxy Tab went from $399 to $249. I’m sure AT&T will be adjusting their price once they realize that the Jetstream will not sell for $699.

      • BiGMERF

        they probably will lower the price but it really shows how far out of touch they really are.. Ignorance

        • Dustin Earley

          The thing is, they will still move some units at this price. And by the holiday season, they can lower it and sell ever more!

    • Tran Lang

      Hahahahha…calm down, dude.

      • Phil’O Baggins

        Yeah, I should not have cursed so much.

        It was more of a joke for me when typing it anyway. I’m just happy it’s getting a horrid pricing response from the intelligent community although I’m sure there are some who don’t care one bit and would happily get ripped off. *sigh*

  • http://htcsource.com Nick Gray

    I’m thinking $599 off contract would be a good price, but this is simply wrong. I know AT&T sets the price, but they base it off of what they have to pay HTC. The Flyer wasn’t a huge success because it was priced too high. I was hoping HTC has learned their lesson. A Wi-F- version of the Puccini should be a lot less since it doesn’t need the LTE and GSM radios, but I can’t see them knocking off more than $150 from the full retail price of the Jetstream.

  • Jeff

    I will enjoy seeing this tablet fail faster than the TouchPad.

    • http://htcsource.com Nick Gray

      The difference is that HTC won’t stop production of the tablet. They’ll simply lower the price they sell it to AT&T for and cut their profits from $500 to around $200 per tablet. HTC’s always been interested in high margin products. I think they are simply testing the waters to see how consumers react.

  • vasra

    FAIL. This deserves to fail utterly.

    Wayyyyyy overpriced.

  • Kevin

    This is reminding me of the lg g-slate does anyone remember that tab. Another bad decision by android tablet makers at this point just give apple the tablet market because they are just making it way to easy

  • Interpol91

    Epic fail! As good as ti may be that is way too high for a tablet. For frying out loud it costs more than most laptops. For me I see a tablet as an extension for my laptop, not a replacement

    • Interpol91

      Wow there are some obvious misspellings there.

      • Angie Strickland

        I kind of like “for frying out loud” haha

  • Tsepz

    I’d get this anyway, i live in South Africa, everything is expensive here, i got my Galaxy Tab10.1v for around the same overall, the fact that it has LTE, is an HTC and that huge 7300mAh batt all make it (to me) worth it, i realy like it, may just get the Puccini when it lands here and give the GT10.1 to my lil bro.

  • kazahani

    There really needs to be a major market correction in tablet pricing.

  • Nathan

    Dam and I thought the galaxy tab was to much

  • Tran Lang

    I bought a refurbished Nook Color for $169, rooted it, installed Android Honeycomb on it and play games on it every day. I am still happy. Why do I have spend $700-$850 for this tablet. Go **** yourself AT&T.

  • uknowme

    Wow, I like HTC but that’s ridiculous! I know its not all their fault, but damn!

  • John K

    Does it materialize bacon? Because then it’d be total worth the money.

  • seapickle

    there should be a pool going for how many of these they will sell. I am guessing a whole 10.

  • Blaw

    As much as i love android i have to say this: LONG LIVE THE APPLE iPAD !
    This tablet is DOA ! Will fall faster than the HP TouchPad !

  • Glenn

    Any tablet priced more than $300 without a contract is not worth buying. I can buy a fully functional laptop at that price.

  • this sucks

    Anyone who buys this tablet on contract either doesn’t know about the popular cell phone market or has so much money that they don’t care about losing a few hundred.

    The best way to buy this tablet if you’re prepared to sign a contract with AT&T (until they price inevitably drop the price to something less outrageous, then lower again to something almost OK in 2012):

    ~Buy a high-end cell for free or for 50 bucks when there is a sale on phones at best buy or
    amazon or something. Do NOT open the packaging

    ~Sell it on eBay; roughly $500 is what you can expect, or about 50 bucks off the off-contract price

    ~Use that money to buy this overpriced HTC tablet, and try not to think about the fact that the touchpad’s chipset is nearly identical and only cost $99 during the firesale

    ~Put your sim card from the cell phone into the tablet.

    Worth a try anyway, if you’re afraid something will go wrong you can always return what you bought and buy… this…

  • Master

    better have Quad-Cores on board for that price, damn that’s 8X the HP touchpad’s price :P

  • SliestDragon

    That price is obnoxious. It’s going to fail so bad. I don’t think I can watch, lol. :p

  • Kim Duncan

    hmm its alot for a US person maybe i will just point out the Samsung 10.1 32GB with 3G cost 4800kr = 880dollars, so i have no problem paying 909dollars for a HTC that is better on all points.

    thats just my 50cents.

    • Kim Duncan

      in Denmark it cost that much

  • Kim Duncan

    hmm its alot for a US person maybe i will just point out the Samsung 10.1 32GB with 3G cost 4800kr = 880dollars in Denmark, so i have no problem paying 909dollars for a HTC that is better on all points.

    thats just my 50cents.

  • Percy Young

    I thinnk the the price is compareable to thr Ipad wi-fi 3g at 729.oo and the jetstream has better spec and a sturier body. I will take LTE over 3g anyday it’s not like you don’t have to get a data plan with apple products.why is noone complaining about the price Apple is charging for their 32Gb wi-fi 3G. Why do everyone think apple deserve to over charge for their tabllets with the spec they have when most of the android tablets are leaving them behind playing catch up. every one thinks apple is best because they have more apps, take away the appps, what you got. they dont have abetter tablet as far a spec go and the new operating system Ice creme Sandwich put Andriod back in the game—-Wake up and macth the specs