Verizon may have made us wait until two days before the 24th, but today they finally announced the Motorola XOOM's pricing and launch information. The XOOM will arrive on Big Red's shelves beginning this Thursday, February 24th, and will be available in two flavors: $599.99 with a two-year contract or $799.99 sans any kind of subsidy. Monthly data rates include 1GB/$20, 3GB/$35, 5GB/$50, or 10GB/$80, all with a $10 per GB overage. XOOM owners will be able to upgrade their device to gain 4G LTE capabilities for free in Q2 2011. Check out the full presser below.
There's not really any surprising info to be found in Verizon's announcement, but I'm glad that the $600 on-contract price ended up being legit. The unsubsidized pricing may be the better option if you plan on sticking around WiFi for the majority of the time that you own the XOOM, but I'm sure that the subsidized price will help sell at least a few more units. So now that everything is nice and official and we're only two days out from launch, who's buying a XOOM?
Motorola XOOM Tablet To Be Available On The Verizon Wireless Network On Feb. 24
“Best of Show” Winner at 2011 Consumer Electronics Show Delivers the World’s First True Tablet Experience, with Upgrade to 4G LTE in Q2
BASKING RIDGE, NJ, and LIBERTYVILLE, IL — Verizon Wireless and Motorola Mobility, Inc. (NYSE: MMI), today announced the Feb. 24, 2011 availability of the innovative new Motorola XOOM™ tablet, which won the coveted CNET Best of Show award at the 2011 Consumer Electronics Show for being “the most potentially disruptive technology.” The first device to run Google’s new Android 3.0 Honeycomb operating system, the Motorola XOOM will be available for purchase from Verizon Wireless for $599.99 with a new two-year customer agreement or $799.99 without a contract. Wireless 3G data service for the Motorola XOOM will begin at $20 monthly access for 1GB. The Motorola XOOM will be upgradeable to 4G LTE service at no additional charge in the second quarter of 2011.
A powerhouse in both software and hardware, the Motorola XOOM is built around a 1GHz dual-core processor and 10.1-inch widescreen HD display. The sleek, stylish design features a front-facing 2-megapixel camera for video chats, as well as a rear-facing 5-megapixel camera that captures video in 720p HD.
The Motorola XOOM showcases the innovations of the Honeycomb user experience that improves on Android favorites such as widgets, multi-tasking, browsing, notifications and customization, as well as featuring the latest Google™ Mobile services. The Motorola XOOM also features full support for tabbed browsing and support for the Adobe® Flash® Player, available soon as a free download, to enjoy all the video and other rich content available on the Web.