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AT&T announces $400 Beats by Dr. Dre Beatbox

AT&T is expected to offer multiple products featuring the Beats by Dr. Dre branding beginning March 11.

AT&T to offer the Beats by Dr. Dre Beatbox in-store and online. AT&T

AT&T announced today that it soon will offer an exclusive Monster Beats by Dr. Dre Beatbox to its customers.

The $399 device, which will arrive in the carrier's stores and online on March 11, is a wireless audio system with a built-in dock connector for smartphones. Featuring a pair of easy-carry handles, the speaker system comes with a remote control and Bluetooth connectivity and gets its power from six D-cell batteries. So in other words, AT&T has essentially become a retail partner for a rebranded Beatbox Portable.

As part of today's announcement, AT&T indicated that the HTC Vivid is expected to pick up a software update "in the coming weeks." Touted as being the Android 4.0 upgrade with the new version of HTC Sense, this would enhance the listening experience with Beats By Dr. Dre Audio profiles.

This latest confirms the recent Ice Cream Sandwich details first mentioned at Mobile World Congress. As you may know, the HTC Vivid has yet to make HTC's list of devices expecting 4.0 this year.

The Beats By Dr. Dre Beatbox will be joined by a number of additional audio accessories, including wireless HD stereo Bluetooth headphones, Beats Solo HD Headphones, and UR Beats In-ear Headphones. If you'd like to see the Beatbox in action you should check out "American Idol" on March 14. Beats By Dr. Dre co-founder Jimmy Iovine is expected to incorporate them into his coaching of the contestants.