If you're been waiting to get your HTC Sense skin on an AT&T phone that's got more oomph than the Aria, AT&T has announced that they're making the Inspire 4G available on February 13th for $99 on a 2-year contract.

It'll run Android 2.2 under that shiny Sense UI, offer mobile hotspot, a 8-megapixel camera, that huge 4.3 inch screen we've come to know and love on HTC devices, feature an aluminum unibody design, and finally get those EVO 4G owners to respect and admire you. We know that last bit is what you're really worried about - so who's planning on picking one of these bad boys up on the 13th? AT&T's Press Release is after the break.

  • AT&T* will begin selling the HTC Inspire™ 4G on Feb. 13.

  • The first 4G mobile phone offered by AT&T, the HTC Inspire 4G is the first to run the Android 2.2 platform and AT&T Mobile Hotspot application.

  • The 4.3-inch super LCD display on the HTC Inspire 4G will be the largest in the AT&T portfolio, and the first to offer the next-generation HTC Sense experience.

  • HTC Inspire 4G will cost $99.99 after a two-year agreement beginning Feb. 13 in company owned retail stores and online at http://www.wireless.att.com/.

AT&T is the leader in smartphones and expects to widen that lead in 2011. In January, AT&T committed to an industry-leading Android portfolio in the U.S. in 2011 and said it plans to offer two 4G smartphones in the first quarter. The HTC Inspire 4G is the first of more than 20 4G devices AT&T plans to deliver in 2011. AT&T has completed the deployment of HSPA+ to virtually 100 percent of its mobile broadband network, which enables 4G speeds when combined with Ethernet or fiber backhaul.

HTC Inspire™ 4G

The HTC Inspire™4G will be the first 4G smartphone in AT&T stores and will have the largest screen of any AT&T smartphone, with a 4.3-inch super LCD display, and will offer an 8-megapixel camera with HD video recording. Running on the Android 2.2 platform, the HTC Inspire 4G will be the first smartphone in the U.S. to feature the next-generation HTC Sense™ experience with cloud services. The HTC Inspire 4G will also be the first to introduce AT&T Mobile Hotspot service built into the smartphone, allowing users to connect additional Wi-Fi-enabled devices.

Exclusively available to AT&T customers for $99.99 after a two-year agreement, the HTC Inspire 4G will include a 1 GHz processor, Dolby® Mobile and SRS WOW HD sound, and a premium, aluminum unibody design. HTC Inspire 4G comes preloaded with a Blockbuster and eReader application to keep users entertained on the go. For more information, visit www.att.com/inspire4G.

With the next-generation of HTC Sense, the HTC Inspire 4G offers even more ways to stay connected, including FriendStream™, which delivers Facebook, Twitter and Flickr updates in a consolidated view. The HTC Inspire 4G also offers customers the ability to pinpoint the location of a lost phone on a map and send a command to make the phone sound an alert – even while on “silent” mode – through the htcsense.com website. If needed, owners can also remotely wipe all of the phone’s data with a single command in addition to forwarding calls and text messages to a different number.

 
There are 36 comments

That's a good deal!

Yes,it is. Just wish HTC would have gave it the FFC like the EVO and Thunderbolt come with.

Griffspen says:

Too bad it's not dual core, but that price is attractive.

Ha ha ha sorry at&t users no front face camera... but dosent they have the aira eria or something like that...?

tomh1979 says:

What, no front facing camera, it'll get no respect from this evo owner!

n64kps says:

It's cheap because it's almost a reskinned EVO, which has been out for 8 months already

eahinrichsen says:

It's something to consider, but I will wait to hear some real-world data about AT&T's HSPA+ performance.

E_man says:

As someone stuck on AT&T, I won't be waiting for such data before getting a 4G phone, but would be very nice to see.

ioioi210 says:

Go Aria! Wooo

john_v says:

Ok ATT, now how about some Atrix love?

My question is What will at&t charge for hspa+ or Lte for that matter.

att is trying to keep customers an get new ones with a real android lineup. this isnt the droid im looking for. the atrix would be the one that could keep me. but real world speeds probaly wont be worth it. ill pay an extra dime for thunderbolt an 4g speeds right away rather than wait a year

Eloquence says:

The problem isn't the absence of a Front Facing Camera -- it's the absence of a decent sized battery to power that massive 4.3" screen.

I turn your attention here:
http://bit.ly/fUAb8e

netposer says:

I'm waiting on something better than the Captivate but so far there's nothing on ATT to "one-up" my device.

I'm on my 3rd Captivate and so far all of the GPSs have been "bad". I will call ATT and have them replace my Captivate with the Inspire and if it works out I'll keep it. If not I will return it for the Atrix or the Infuse.

pineypl says:

You're sick of the 4G wars, yet you are a party to it. T-Mobile does not have 4G either. Nobody has 4G. The 4G specification is not able to be met by any carrier, thus the 4G moniker is a fallacy and moot.

However, since AT&T and RIM are loathe to announce a new BB for AT&T, I may just pull the trigger on this one. The price is nice, and the features are fine for my humble needs.

rexdeaz says:

If i'm not mistaken, AT&T has yet to upgrade their current 3g to match the speeds of T-Mo's "4g" so how in the heck does this phone qualify as a "4g" device? I'm honestly sick of the 4g wars.

lulolulito says:

AT&T needs to let go of all those good phones, their service STINKS!!!!!

I had an iphone, loved it, but with AT&T service I had no choice to switch carriers and got me an EVO, love the EVO.

I just hope nobody makes the mistake of getting an android phone on AT&T when you can easily have it on any other GREAT network that doesn't drop calls in downtown miami or fort lauderdale

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Dark_Blu says:

I agree. AT&T dropped calls all over Atlanta on every Smartphone I had with them including the Pre Plus. Dropped AT&T for Sprint and the EVO and am happy. I don't care what phone AT&T gets, I will never go back to them. AT&T sucks. Late to the 4G Party AT&T. By the way, have fun with your AT&T Inspire and Atrix with no unlimited Data. I'll be enjoying my unlimited everything on the NOW NETWORK. LOL!!

john_v says:

Actually I will have fun with my Atrix with my grandfathered unlimited data.

E_man says:

Best thing that this means for me is maybe the $150 Atrix rumors are true. If I can get the Atrix+HD dock for the price of a normal phone, that would be amazing.

defdrums says:

Not everyone has bad service with AT&T. I have both AT&T (personal) and Verizon (for work) and my service is better/faster with AT&T. Just saying ;) So bring on some good Android phones for AT&T.

GQ50 says:

I agree I have great AT&T service where I live. Verizon is good too. I had Sprint for 4 years and it SUCKED and from what my boys tell me with their Evo's it still sucks. I've had unlimited data since I had my Blackberry 9700 and still do. This is a great phone for ATT and I will be picking up the ATRIX when available with my unlimited data plan. :-)

hmmm says:

Hopefully the heaviest data users jump ship to AT&T with these news phones they are getting. Other than gaming I do not see how they will perform any better than any good phone now. So, the best thing to come of this would be to get the heavy data users off my network.

vinny#AC says:

Great phone, I'm with T-Mobile and very happy with their HSPA+ speeds. That is the style phone II enjoy, HTC makes the best devices, I'm using the Nexus One and the MyTouch 4G. Getting fantastic DL and UL speeds. I am wondering how fast AT&T's HSPA+ speeds will be???

WhitePhone says:

How about bringing that thunderbolt price down from 250, mmkay?

zhecht says:

4.3" screen with a 1230mAh battery and no room for an extended battery? No thanks. 1500mAh isn't even enough for my Hero.

chief113 says:

Where does it say that you can't use an extended battery? I'm a novice.

Dark_Blu says:

It will be funny if they add a $10 4G charge to the device while it has limited data plans. Have fun with that, AT&T customers. No extended battery? LOL!!!

eric6052 says:

We all need to stop harrasing each other over carrier choice. They all stink in some areas for some people. Remember the important thing is that Android continues its unstoppable march towards world domination. :)

GQ50 says:

Your right...I hate Sprint service and CS service but no reason to bash them...

chief113 says:

Totally agree. Verizon is horrible in Philly.

CeluGeek says:

Now that AT&T lost the iPhone's exclusivity, can we hope for less-crippled Android devices from them?

pineypl says:

We can only hope so. We can also hope there will be a nice bump in AT&T capacity once all the iPhone peoples jump ship. Haha.

TKVictim05 says:

The battery they stuck in this thing is kind of pathetic, though the price is pretty attractive. I'll still be waiting for the Atrix though. Release date for that, AT&T?

LiquidAppo says:

How much off contract?

mellojoe says:

Actually, my STREAK's 5" screen is the largest in the AT&T portfolio.

However, if this phone had come out before the 1st of the year, I might be on it instead of my Streak. I love my streak, and there is no way I would change now, but I would have been in HTC's camp before I took a risk on a relatively unknown. Plus the support for HTC is legendary.