Motorola XOOM Coming To Best Buy For $799. WiFi Gimped By Verizon.


The first real challenger to Apple’s might iPad is getting a bit more official with the latest Best Buy circular spotted above. Scheduled for release on February 24th, this do-it-all Android 3.0 (Honeycomb) tablet from Motorola is packed to the gills with loads of features and a new design. As you can see, the tablet is priced outside of many peoples’ reach at $799.99 — an unfortunate revelation. But what’s most worrying, and frankly a reason to consider a different tablet purchase, is the verbiage hidden in the fine print:

To activate WiFI functionality on this device, a minimum of 1 month data subscription is required.

WTF?! While cellular data is a big feature to include on a tablet, it is a consumer’s choice to pay for said feature. Gimping WiFi until they pay for cellular data effectively renders the hardware useless until you fork over the required money. Speaking of which, the data plans themselves come in at 1GB/3G/5GB/10GB for $20/$35/$50/$80 respectively — not exactly “competitive” in our eyes either.

Basically, Verizon is charging you $20 to unlock the completely free feature of WiFi. Classy Verizon, real classy. Looks like you just can’t let go of your old ways…

Is the high price and gimped WiFi enough to push you towards other tablets?

Via: Engadget


  • February 7, 2011 6:50 am
  • by: Mike
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  • Bob

    Nope, I’ll just wait for the wifi only version

  • XOOMFail

    I’ll wait for the less then $800 version. How can they justify pricing this rip off higher than most i3 laptops?

  • Mike

    It’s sad. Yet another great gadget ruined by greed.

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