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Motorola Xoom
Verizon confirms on-contract pricing for Xoom

As we get closer to the launch date of the Motorola Xoom (this Thursday), more details are being revealed on the device. The latest piece of info to come out of Verizon today is that the Xoom will priced at $599 from Verizon with a two-year data contract

As you may recall, the unsubsidized Xoom (with built-in 3G modem) is priced at $799 while the Wi-Fi-only model is priced at $599. Verizon also confirmed that the data plans would start at $20/month for a measly 1GB of data. For comparison, AT&T offers 2GB of data on the iPad 3G for $25/month. 

Another surprising bit of information gleaned from Verizon's press release is that the LTE upgrade that has been talked about for the Xoom will be a free upgrade when it becomes available in the second half of 2011.

The Xoom will be the poster child for Google’s new Android 3.0 “Honeycomb” operating system that his been tailored specifically for tablet devices.

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Just can't agree to the price
By Rage187 on 2/22/2011 1:18:56 PM , Rating: 2
Even under contract this thing is just too expensive. I say that even though I shelled out $730 for comparable iPad.

RE: Just can't agree to the price
By dreddly on 2/22/2011 3:44:06 PM , Rating: 2
Exactly. If you come late to the market with a device playing catch-up how does it make sense to be more expensive than the market-leader?

I am not an apple fan, but love the tablet form-factor. I would ditch the ipad in a second if there was a cheaper option available. I guess I'm waiting to see if Asus can produce...

By Alexstarfire on 2/22/2011 5:38:57 PM , Rating: 2
$600 is more than $630? I guess math changed since I went to school yesterday. Unsubsidized it's much more expensive for seemingly no reason. Though if you end up not having to buy any iPad attachments you could end up saving money but I'm leaving that out for arguments sake. $800 compared to $630 is ridiculous and $600 compared to $500 doesn't make much sense either unless you just like the Xoom better for some reason. However, I think we can all see that if you're getting a tablet with 3G that you're going to want 3G service. I certainly can't agree with pricing for 3G service on any network but it makes sense to get a subsidized tablet with 3G capabilities. $600 compared to $630 isn't much of a difference, but I'm sure it'll drive some people to buy it.

I'd never get a tablet anyway, form factor seems stupid to me. Does what my phone does but with a bigger screen. Honeycomb will making interacting with a tablet different, probably better, but that shouldn't change its functionality very much if at all. I'd rather have a 5" or 6" phone that still fits in my pocket. I'm a guy so my pockets could easily handle something that size. Most could probably fit a Galaxy Tab but it hardly matters since it doesn't have phone service.

By theapparition on 2/23/2011 11:53:23 AM , Rating: 2
Makes about as much sense as pricing a GTR at the same price as an Altima. They're both cars, both get from point A to point B, so why on earth would Nissan charge more for the GTR?

Motorola Xoom is by far the best announced tablet, hardware wise. iPad 2 may change that depending on what Apple releases. But for right now, the Xoom will enjoy the performance and technology crown and they can charge for that privelidge.

I absolutely believe the Xoom will sell, and also believe the price will drop like a rock after the release of the iPad2, as well as the 20 other players who plan on releasing tablets this year.

Internal or external?
By CZroe on 2/22/2011 3:07:04 PM , Rating: 2
Is this module going to be an internal component specific to the Xoom or is it something external, like the iSpot.

RE: Internal or external?
By CZroe on 2/22/2011 3:07:42 PM , Rating: 2
Oops. Here's the question mark I left out: ?

RE: Internal or external?
By dagamer34 on 2/22/2011 4:26:25 PM , Rating: 2
I remember Motorola saying it will be internal.

AT&T Data Prices
By ViRGE on 2/22/2011 10:59:38 AM , Rating: 2
There's a slight typo in the article. AT&T data prices are 250MB for $15, and 2GB for $25. It's not 250MB for $25.

RE: AT&T Data Prices
By Brandon Hill on 2/22/2011 11:06:07 AM , Rating: 2

WiFi costs?
By melgross on 2/22/2011 1:49:14 PM , Rating: 2
So, what's going on with the talk about needing to subscribe for at least one month to Verizon in order to use WiFi? We've been reading about this crazy thing for a while now, and it's never been clarified. Is it true? If so, does it only refer to Verizon hotspots, or does it include using free hotspots or even our own WiFi networks at home or at work?

If it means using Verizon hotspots, that would make sense, and would be ok. But charging to turn it on for use with free, or our own networks is nuts! If it's true, then another question comes to mind. Is it a one time fee, or does it extend for as long as you want to use WiFi?

Does it mean that you have to subscribe to 3 or 4G to use WiFi at all? Does this include the WiFi only model when it comes out later, or only the cell enabled more expensive model? This is what is important to know. Anand should make a concerted effort to find out, rather than just regurgitate more press releases.

This would seriously increase the price of the tablet for those who only want to use WiFi, if true. It would become totally uncompetitive.

And the free upgrade to LTE (which it isn't, as has been established, just a slightly faster 3.5G) has been known about for some time. It isn't new news at all.

RE: WiFi costs?
By theapparition on 2/23/2011 2:54:21 PM , Rating: 2
Just another example of the interwebs reacting to rumor with gross exageration. Wifi will work from day one, and will not get deactivated if you cancel or don't need a data plan.

You can buy the 3G version of the Xoom, subsidized, from Verizon, for $599. Wifi will work fine. You are under contract to pay for data. Similar to cell phones.

You can also buy the unsubsidized version for $819 ($799 + $20 1st months data plan). Verizon won't let it leave the store without a 1mo data plan. No activation required after that first month. Wifi will not be disabled if you drop your service.

The Wifi model is completely unsubsidized, does not require a data package of any kind, and will be priced at $599. No data plan or subscription required.

I don't see why anyone who'd want the 3G model would not purchase the subsidized model. Just doesn't make sense to me. Why pay $200 extra for something you're not going to use? I guess the only advantage are those who want to own outright, and want to sporadically turn on data plans rather than stay connected all the time.

And the free upgrade to LTE (which it isn't, as has been established, just a slightly faster 3.5G) has been known about for some time.

No clue what you are talking about here. The upgrade will indeed activate the built in LTE radio. Which, according to the ITU, is 4G. Many consider 1st gen LTE and HSPA+ as 3.5G, because they don't meet the target specs of 100mbps mobile, 1gbps stationary. But the ITU changed the definition. By any other metric, we'd be waiting another 5-7 years for "real" 4G.

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