HTC and AT&T to offer HTC Jetstream for $699.99 WITH 2-year contract

HTC and AT&T to offer HTC Jetstream for $699.99 WITH 2-year contract

Summary: The rumored HTC 10 inch tablet is coming next week to AT&T, but at a high subsidized price of $700.

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I enjoy using my HTC Flyer in large part because of the 7 inch form factor and the pen inking experience with Evernote. Today, HTC and AT&T officially announced the HTC Jetstream (previously rumored as the HTC Puccini). Unfortunately, I don't see how it is going to do well priced at $699.99 WITH A 2-YEAR CONTRACT. Unless you are Apple with an iPad, you just can't charge a premium price for a tablet and expect it to succeed as so many have learned.

The HTC Jetstream looks like a larger HTC Flyer with support for the HTC Scribe digital pen. Specifications include:

  • 1.5 GHz dual-core processor
  • 10.1 inch WXGA display
  • Support for AT&T's LTE/HSPA+ wireless data service
  • 1.3 megapixel front and 8 megapixel rear facing cameras
  • Android 3.1 (Honeycomb) operating system
  • HTC Sense
  • Unknown internal memory (trying to get this info)
  • microSD card slot
  • 7300 mAh battery
  • Dimensions of 9.87 x 7 x 0.51 inches and 25 ounces

The HTC Jetstream will be available in stores on 4 September and for a limited time AT&T will include the Scribe pen. This reduced contract price of $699.99 requires a two-year contract at $35 for 3GB of data per month. You can also buy it at the full price of $849 with no contract (not disclosed in the press release) and then pay the same kind of monthly data fees available on the iPad at $14.99 for 250MB or $25 for 2GB.

For price comparison, I paid $829 for my 64GB iPad with no contract and the 32GB model is $729 with no contract. The $849 is higher and some may argue it has great design features and specs that beat the iPad, but the bottom line is you cannot compete with the Apple iPad at a higher price.

Topics: Hardware, HTC, Laptops, Mobility, Processors, Tablets, AT&T, Wi-Fi

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  • RE: HTC and AT&T to offer HTC Jetstream for $699.99 WITH 2-year contract

    Some marketing people are just high.
    $700 with 2 year contract? What is it? 1995?
    paul2011
  • Hard Choice

    So what's it gonna be? The HTC Jetstream that flies at 4G speeds and costs $700, or the WiFi TouchPad for a hundred bucks?

    The fact that HP announced they are going to make more of those puppies is pretty well going to stall the market for everything else until HP runs out.
    Robert Hahn
    • RE: HTC and AT&T to offer HTC Jetstream for $699.99 WITH 2-year contract

      @Robert Hahn
      +1. The buyer has choice, iPad2 or TouchPad (if it is available). Rest will fight for leftovers.
      Ram U
    • RE: HTC and AT&T to offer HTC Jetstream for $699.99 WITH 2-year contract

      @Robert Hahn I have to agree. This thing is going nowhere. That price is crazy for a two year contract, unless this thing has 128GB of storage and an OLED display, or something.
      BillDem
  • RE: HTC and AT&T to offer HTC Jetstream for $699.99 WITH 2-year contract

    Bad move from HTC by pricing it at $700 with 2 year contract. This will doom. The Android tablet market is already slim and has a lot of competition. Whoever priced this at that price needs a reality check. Period.
    Ram U
    • RE: HTC and AT&T to offer HTC Jetstream for $699.99 WITH 2-year contract

      <ul><i>Whoever priced this at that price needs a reality check.</i></ul><p>I think the people who need reality checks are the ones who believe that serious tablets with acceptable performance can be built for less than $300. In addition to the usual expensive parts, this one has an LTE radio, which is still at the front end of the S-Curve and hence a lot more costly now than it will be.

      The person who "priced this at that price" took the manufacturing cost and added as little as they thought they could get by with. It's still $700. People imagine that the manufacturers are making these things for fifty bucks and selling them for hundreds. That's because they've never worked in the industry or seen a Bill of Materials or ever had to price anything.

      There do exist very low-cost tablets... things with list prices around $100. They aren't selling either. And that's because they suck. If you try to get by on $70 worth of parts, you end up with a device that sucks.
      Robert Hahn
      • RE: HTC and AT&T to offer HTC Jetstream for $699.99 WITH 2-year contract

        @Robert Hahn I think most are saying it's crazy because $700 is the subsidized price. Chaining yourself to AT&T for two full years is worth a lot more to people than the price break they are offering. AT&T is ranked at the bottom in customer satisfaction, so they really should be eating more of that price.
        BillDem
  • RE: HTC and AT&T to offer HTC Jetstream for $699.99 WITH 2-year contract

    No way will this thing sell for $700 when the prices of tablets are going down and not up.
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  • RE: HTC and AT&T to offer HTC Jetstream for $699.99 WITH 2-year contract

    Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.
    dave95.
  • And I thought HP management was stupid ...

    Another one bites the dust, and the Apple juggernaut continues. I think Amazon, if they come in at $299 on their Android tablet, they have a shot. Everybody else is just dead meat.
    terry flores
  • RE: HTC and AT&T to offer HTC Jetstream for $699.99 WITH 2-year contract

    To: The people of HTC and AT&T,
    I highly believe in the android operating system and do believe it is very GRATEFUL of you to have priced such an amazing piece of equipment at such a great price thank you for this and i will be, apparently due to the posts recently, one of the few that is actually surprised at this amazing cost. I have a Samsung Infuse and it is running on Android 2.2.1 and currently I am very impressed. I hope to see the same out of the Jetstream. Also, for all people that do not seem to believe that this shall be a better tablet than others such as the Galaxy Tab, iPad, then think, this has almost DOUBLE the power processor, if I am wrong please correct me, but it is to my belief that the iPad is only running on a 1GHz. processor and this is running on a 1.5! Again topping apple, this has a better camera(rear, not sure about front) and did I mention that it is running on the HSPA/4G. which, on my Samsung Infuse 4G. is MUCH FASTER than any iPad i have seen so far while only running on Androids 1GHz. processor. which there by leaves me to believe in Android and trust that this will be an amazing product and seller also at an amazing price... I was not payed/bribed to write this.. and you may not believe me but I am but yet a 13 year old boy from Frisco,Texas and.. to all those who think I am probably just a computer geek.. NO I am not and play on a Tripple "A" ice hockey team .. I just happen to have a love for computers and electronics, especially by android/HTC:)
    planoeddie7
  • RE: HTC and AT&T to offer HTC Jetstream for $699.99 WITH 2-year contract

    They can keep it. No one wants to pay $700 for that device even with 4G. Amazon's tablet will just kill this one when it comes out. You'll get these for $100 just like the HP a while from now. Look for the fire sale!
    nmcadmin
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