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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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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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