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AT&T Launches HTC Aria Smartphone

AT&T unveiled the HTC Aria phone, further fleshing out its Android strategy.
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DALLAS (

TheStreet

) --

AT&T

(T) - Get Report

has further fleshed out its

Android strategy

, unveiling the

HTC

Aria, which it is touting as America's smallest Android handset.

Weighing under 4 ounces, and not much larger than two-thirds of a pack of playing cards, AT&T has lauded the Aria as "easily pocketable." With a 5-megapixel camera, the phone runs Android 2.1 and will be available June 20 for $129.99 (after a $100 mail-in rebate).

Apple

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, of course, sucked most of the oxygen out of the smartphone space with the

launch of its new iPhone

last week, although AT&T is clearly hoping to catch its own ride on the Android wave.

Facing stiff competition from rival

Verizon

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, AT&T has ramped up its efforts to support

Google's

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Android OS

. Earlier this year, the telco

unveiled

Motorola's

(MOT)

Backflip phone

and plans to sell

Android phones from Dell (DELL) - Get Report

, as well as

HTC

.

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There is also a question mark hanging over AT&T's exclusive deal to sell Apple's iPhone. There has been plenty of

chatter about Apple launching a CDMA iPhone for Verizon's network

, although Steve Jobs made no mention of this during his keynote at the tech giant's Worldwide Developers' Conference in San Francisco last week.

AT&T has refused to discuss the status of its exclusive iPhone deal, although the Texas firm was

chosen to sell Apple's iPad

.

In addition to the HTC Aria, AT&T also took the wraps off its new

Pantech

Ease on Monday, which it describes as a quick messaging phone. Aimed at seniors, baby boomers and first-time mobile phone users, the Pantech Ease will also be available June 20, priced for $69.99 after a $50 mail-in rebate.

Shares of AT&T rose 14 cents, or 0.55%, to $25.43 on Monday, as the Nasdaq climbed 1.34%.

-- Reported by James Rogers in New York

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