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Motorola Xoom LTE upgrade details aired

The Motorola Xoom will be made available today, and fresh details on the device continue to spill out. The latest bit of information on the device concerns its ability to be upgraded to support LTE.

We already reported that the LTE modem upgrade will be free for customers, but we have now learned – courtesy of a new Verizon website – that customers will have to be without their Xoom for six days while the upgrade is performed by qualified technicians. Since the current 3G modem module is not readily accessible by the user, the entire tablet has to be taken apart to perform the upgrade. 

On the plus side, Verizon does provide free shipping to and from their “upgrade facility”. 

Although it is not required, Verizon recommends that you backup your data before sending your Xoom in just in case something goes terribly wrong during the upgrade process. 

We’re glad to see that Verizon is providing the LTE module upgrade for free (and footing the bill for shipping costs), but it’s slightly inconvenient for consumers to wait six days while the Xoom is being upgraded – especially considering that tablets are starting to become indispensible tools for many people. 

There is no exact word on when the LTE upgrades will be made available, but Verizon states that it will be available “shortly after launching the Motorola Xoom.”

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Something about that rubs me the wrong way
By Lord 666 on 2/24/2011 9:48:19 AM , Rating: 2
I like brand new things and have a history keeping them in perfect shape. To me, once someone breaks the factory seal, its no longer new and has been "compromised." Even assuming the original warranty is in full effect, I would wait until rev 1.1 with the LTE from the factory.

By theapparition on 2/24/2011 10:43:10 AM , Rating: 2
Do you really consider a factory servicing the device, breaking the factory seal?

RE: Something about that rubs me the wrong way
By Lord 666 on 2/24/2011 11:05:58 AM , Rating: 2
Absolutely. Who is to say that its the factory? For a six day turn around, its not going outside of the US.

Good case in point, I am currently bummed out that my brand new Glock 23 had to be shipped back because I found a flaw. To me, even though the factory is handling the issue, its no longer the same and in all honesty, no longer want that serial number.

Same thing for a car after a car accident, but thats not the factory doing the work, to me the vehicle has been compromised and no longer has value to me.

By theapparition on 2/24/2011 12:49:26 PM , Rating: 2
I hate to see how you treat your wife, assuming you weren't the one who broke her factory seal.

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