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Motorola XOOM to cost $599.99 on contract, will be upgradeable to LTE in Q2 of 2011

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Motorola XOOM to cost $599.99 on contract, will be upgradeable to LTE in Q2 of 2011
Verizon officially announced the pricing details for the first Honeycomb-powered device - the Motorola XOOM. It will cost $599.99 with a two year contract, while the unsubsidized price will be $799.99. The tablet is to be launched on February 24.

Big Red also announced that the cheapest 3G data plan for the Motorola XOOM is to cost $20 for 1GB, and that the tablet will be upgradeable to LTE in the second quarter of this year. The good news is that this upgrade from 3G to 4G will be free of charge.

Yesterday, we reported that the Motorola XOOM won't support Flash at launch, but according to Verizon this perk is scheduled to appear "soon as a free download".

Is $599 on a contract a fair price for the Motorola XOOM?

source: Verizon

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posted on 22 Feb 2011, 10:20 2

1. MC (unregistered)

Considering the honeycomb tablet was rumored to be released at a wallet crunching $1200 unsubsidized at release, I would say that $800 (which is the original rumored price) is a much better price fixture.

posted on 22 Feb 2011, 10:42 2

2. achilles (Posts: 54; Member since: 27 May 2010)

$599 contract price, plus $20/month internet ($480) over 2 yrs= $1079. Now add in your monthly cell phone bill! I could pay the $799 for no contract, but I could buy a good laptop, which can burn cd's, burn dvds, and have more storage for less money. The bottom line, this is for early adopters or people who just want bragging rights. This is too expensive!

posted on 22 Feb 2011, 12:25 2

3. marshefen (Posts: 24; Member since: 27 Jan 2011)

I travel a lot and it's much easier to carry a tablet than my bulky, heavy laptop. I had a netbook, which was nice for travel, but I still like reading books on a tablet much better. Other than that, I probably wouldn't have a use for it.

posted on 22 Feb 2011, 19:27 1

6. BaiGanyo (Posts: 308; Member since: 07 Feb 2011)

Burn cd's and dvd's? Welcome to the year 2000. Who even does that anymore? Seriously.

posted on 22 Feb 2011, 14:10

4. protozeloz (Posts: 5396; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)

Tablets will eventually compete with laptops hopefully 2012 will be the year of the tablet with quad core and 4+ GB of ram.... 2012 we kill the netbook and establish the tablet as fair (not show off) option for customers... getting this because I want to start programing for tablets

posted on 22 Feb 2011, 17:09

5. bizzer (unregistered)

there will not be contracts for this device it will be on a month to month offering only just like the samsung tablet.

posted on 22 Feb 2011, 21:32 1

7. trin (Posts: 88; Member since: 11 May 2010)

The contract price will be 599.99. FACT. Stop speaking on things you know nothing about, clearly.

posted on 23 Feb 2011, 01:08

8. Anonymous1 (unregistered)

The Xoom looks great but Motorola and Verizon really should have worked on a more competitive price if they are trying to attract a higher volume of less tech-savvy consumers. A 32gig iPad without contract costs as much as one on contract. I'm not saying that the iPad is better, I would much rather have a Xoom and pay more for it. However, with Apple's branding, and similar price points (most people just see $499 for the iPad base model version and immediately think it's a better bargain) I don't think that the Xoom is an attractive enough device. $250 with a contract and $600 without one sounds much better.

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