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Best Buy Ad Pegs Motorola XOOM at $799, Locked WiFi is the Real Story Though

News broke yesterday after the Motorola XOOM Super Bowl ad aired that the device would come to Best Buy at a price of $799 and people started freaking.  Let me just say that you’ve all known the price was going to be $799 for weeks now and that’s not the full story here.  We can debate all day on whether or not that price is too high, but what really has people up in arms is the little note under the picture of the XOOM that reads “To activative WiFi functionality on this device, a minimum of 1 month data subscription is required.”  And yes, it actually says “activative” instead of activate.

So what that means, is in order to buy a Motorola XOOM from Best Buy and presumably Verizon, you will have to pay for at least 1 month of their 3G tablet data plans which start at $20 per month.  Now, before you throw something at your screen, understand that they do the exact same thing with the iPad, only they make you take a MiFi unit with you.  While $20 doesn’t completely anger me, it just comes off a little greedy.  OK, more than a little.

We’ll be digging for more, but as of now, this supposed Best Buy ad with numerous grammatical errors is what we have to go on.

Update:  As our buddy @richie681 points out, that line about it requiring a plan to unlock WiFi, could easily be another error and should have been replaced with “3G.”  Makes a lot more sense and is not out of the realm of possibility especially after seeing the other half-dozen mistakes on this sheet.  But again, Verizon does require a MiFi bundle with the iPad.

And your thoughts?

Via:  Engadget

  • Androidguy4life

    No, actually verizon does not require a mifi with the ipad. I just walked in a bought one today as wifi only and paid the same price as the apple store. You may want to check your facts author before you write something, makes us all doubt your authenticity.

  • Magical 1

    When they say “Upgradeable to 4G”, what does that mean? We’ll need something external?

  • Anonymous

    I predict this thing will be selling for $599 in two months…

  • Anonymous

    Nice photoshop of the “wifi” requirement caption 🙂 Some one is feeling sour grapes..

  • Bigden75

    Verizon does not require a data package on the Ipad you can go and get the 16g for 499 no mifi 32g 599 no mifi or 64g 699 no mifi. If you want the Mifi you can get it for free on a 2yr contract or you can do a 1yr contract don’t know the price for the Mifi or no Contract all of them still require an activation and on the no contract you have to keep on for at least until you leave the store causing 1 day of charges pluse activation fee.

  • Alex

    I think the important thng to remember her is that this is a leaked ad with lots of mistakes. Wait and draw your conclutions when the official word comes out. You might be getting your blood pressure up for nothing.

  • Cruisinrt66

    Why is the price so high? You can buy a laptop that has more features for less. I will wait a year or two until the price drops. Until then my Droid X and laptop will work just fine. The tablet is cool but would just be another toy.

  • don’t forget about the unwaivable activation fee of $35…so $55 total

  • I find it funny hat so many people are upset about the potential price. I mean, look at the full retail prices for phones. Droid X $580 .. Iphone 4 $650-$720.. Nexus 1 $530 … and how many people buy these phones at full retail and never complain about the price? Its just one of those things that is what it is. No one forces anyone to buy anything really, the choice is up to you.

  • I find it funny hat so many people are upset about the potential price. I mean, look at the full retail prices for phones. Droid X $580 .. Iphone 4 $650-$720.. Nexus 1 $530 … and how many people buy these phones at full retail and never complain about the price? Its just one of those things that is what it is. No one forces anyone to buy anything really, the choice is up to you.

  • Jawshua

    Yeah 800 bucks is still just way too much money. I’m a die hard Droid enthusiast, but nothing on the Xoom can warrant paying close to a thousand bucks for a tablet. I mean what does it do that’s so special that I should fork over 800 bucks. I think even if I had a disposable income I wouldn’t buy one. And as much as I love it it really is just a big phone just like the Ipad is just a big iPod.

    • DBK

      Except the i*od uses a phone OS (therefore it’s a big phone) while the XOOM uses a tablet-oriented OS, making it an Android-running netbook beast without the physical keyboard……big difference (and one of the few reasons it’s worth getting).

      Think first, type later, avoid foot in mouth.

      • k6tcher

        … and that same OS you speak of will also be available on lower priced tablets in the next few months. Simple fact: the Xoom is overpriced.

        Equally good tablets are coming with the same OS but cheaper price.

        The OS is not justification enough for $800+.

        • DBK

          Oh I agree (rocking a rooted NookColor over here). I probably should have worded that better. What I meant is that it’s one of the few reasons why people would spend that much on it. I personally wouldn’t. Going to wait until the price drops (or the WiFi-only one comes out).

          I was just correcting that last statement of his, lol. 🙂

  • I’m sorry but I have to say that Moto missed a wonderful opportunity here. Now the $20 fee, I have no problem with that. However, lets take a moment and really think this out. For $800, I can get a pretty good Dell laptop with a wifi/n card in it, along with bluetooth and a whole bunch of other stuff. When I get it home, all i have to do is start it up. Moto is asking me to pay $800 just for the unit, then an additional amount for wifi (even though i have plenty of hot spots and a network at home to connect it to), then lets talk about extras like that nice new dock and that wireless keyboard that can go with it. Very few to no people will be able to get any of that now because they’ve pretty much blown their wad for the unit itself. By being greedy and wanting wifi money on top of an already high-priced tablet, you have thrown away any upselling opportunities for peripherals. If doesn’t upset me because that’s just a typical example of corporate greed. It’s a bit depressing because I had many activities planned for my new XOOM. Perhaps in 2012-13, when it’s not the latest greatest thing anymore, then i can give it some serious consideration. It’s all about patience people. When enough people decide that this price is not worth it, the sales numbers will reflect to Moto, then perhaps they will begin to be more resasonable. Yes, it might take until Xmas before that happens, but that is how ‘ordinary people’ bring about change. By raising their hands, closing their wallets and basically saying “No”, you can’t jack me up at this price – enough is enough. Yes, I suffer from instant gratification just as much as the next person, but there is a thing in economics known as the “law of diminishing returns”. The money I would spend on that item now, will not bring me an equal amount of satisfaction, in fact the higher they price it, the less satisfaction I will have if I purchase it. Let’s go Moto – let’s see who is stronger, your greed, or my wallet (and my wife threatening to kill me if i spend too much money on ‘that thing!!!”

  • Magical 1

    Motorola is the new Apple. Sad.

  • There’s an error in thinking you “need” to buy a MiFi with an iPad.. I just sold 3 of ’em without a MiFi.. 😉

  • Ffred316

    with all due respect you need to get up from your so called big red company dick , they prices are too damn high and att service still faster than verizon i like the xoom tablet but those prices are ridiculous

  • Avarice

    It would be wise of Motorola to do two things:

    1. Fire the “marketing” genius for not releasing a pricing structure that didn’t scare off most Xoom dreamers already.

    2. Address the rumors and negativity related to pricing and Verizon’s demands for a fee to begin using this pricey gem.

    Sure, this is a great addition to mobile computing, Moto has played the tease game so much that the only mobility mentioned on most forums is the act of potential buyers walking away from a dream.

  • Zaire2005

    The xoom will be a bust point blank !! And if you buy the mighty ipad wifi from apple you dont have to buy data so get your story right! Verizon fan boy lmao

  • ScottK

    $799! People will hate me for this, but hello Ipad.

    • Eibook

      nobody should hate you…Motorola did this to themselves. $800 is just too expensive for a lot of consumers.

    • DBK

      At least try a rooted NookColor first. Then, if you must, you can turn to the darkside. 😛

    • DBK

      At least try a rooted NookColor first. Then, if you must, you can turn to the darkside. 😛

  • Avarice

    It would be wise of Motorola to do two things:

    1. Fire the “marketing” genius for not releasing a pricing structure that didn’t scare off most Xoom dreamers already.

    2. Address the rumors and negativity related to pricing and Verizon’s demands for a fee to begin using this pricey gem.

    Sure, this is a great addition to mobile computing, Moto has played the tease game so much that the only mobility mentioned on most forums is the act of potential buyers walking away from a dream.

  • Anonymous

    the same claim about needing to activate the Tab was made when I got it, but all it took was pushing of some buttons to skip the activation process, and it has worked ever since. And IF it requires a ONE month investment in 3G, it should not be a deal killer.

  • Anonymous

    the same claim about needing to activate the Tab was made when I got it, but all it took was pushing of some buttons to skip the activation process, and it has worked ever since. And IF it requires a ONE month investment in 3G, it should not be a deal killer.

  • Anonymous

    the same claim about needing to activate the Tab was made when I got it, but all it took was pushing of some buttons to skip the activation process, and it has worked ever since. And IF it requires a ONE month investment in 3G, it should not be a deal killer.

  • Anonymous

    the same claim about needing to activate the Tab was made when I got it, but all it took was pushing of some buttons to skip the activation process, and it has worked ever since. And IF it requires a ONE month investment in 3G, it should not be a deal killer.

  • Anonymous

    the same claim about needing to activate the Tab was made when I got it, but all it took was pushing of some buttons to skip the activation process, and it has worked ever since. And IF it requires a ONE month investment in 3G, it should not be a deal killer.

  • Anonymous

    the same claim about needing to activate the Tab was made when I got it, but all it took was pushing of some buttons to skip the activation process, and it has worked ever since. And IF it requires a ONE month investment in 3G, it should not be a deal killer.

  • Anonymous

    the same claim about needing to activate the Tab was made when I got it, but all it took was pushing of some buttons to skip the activation process, and it has worked ever since. And IF it requires a ONE month investment in 3G, it should not be a deal killer.

  • Anonymous

    the same claim about needing to activate the Tab was made when I got it, but all it took was pushing of some buttons to skip the activation process, and it has worked ever since. And IF it requires a ONE month investment in 3G, it should not be a deal killer.

  • Anonymous

    the same claim about needing to activate the Tab was made when I got it, but all it took was pushing of some buttons to skip the activation process, and it has worked ever since. And IF it requires a ONE month investment in 3G, it should not be a deal killer.

  • Anonymous

    the same claim about needing to activate the Tab was made when I got it, but all it took was pushing of some buttons to skip the activation process, and it has worked ever since. And IF it requires a ONE month investment in 3G, it should not be a deal killer.

  • Anonymous

    the same claim about needing to activate the Tab was made when I got it, but all it took was pushing of some buttons to skip the activation process, and it has worked ever since. And IF it requires a ONE month investment in 3G, it should not be a deal killer.

  • Anonymous

    the same claim about needing to activate the Tab was made when I got it, but all it took was pushing of some buttons to skip the activation process, and it has worked ever since. And IF it requires a ONE month investment in 3G, it should not be a deal killer.

  • What with all the disappointing news, do we know yet if we’ll be “treated” to VZ boatware on this thing, yet (sort of how X, D2, D2Global, etc. users are “treated” to Blur)?

    That would be so lame. I really want the Xoom to be bloatware free, but that even realistic? Too idealistic of me to even ask?

  • What with all the disappointing news, do we know yet if we’ll be “treated” to VZ boatware on this thing, yet (sort of how X, D2, D2Global, etc. users are “treated” to Blur)?

    That would be so lame. I really want the Xoom to be bloatware free, but that even realistic? Too idealistic of me to even ask?

  • What with all the disappointing news, do we know yet if we’ll be “treated” to VZ boatware on this thing, yet (sort of how X, D2, D2Global, etc. users are “treated” to Blur)?

    That would be so lame. I really want the Xoom to be bloatware free, but that even realistic? Too idealistic of me to even ask?

  • What with all the disappointing news, do we know yet if we’ll be “treated” to VZ boatware on this thing, yet (sort of how X, D2, D2Global, etc. users are “treated” to Blur)?

    That would be so lame. I really want the Xoom to be bloatware free, but that even realistic? Too idealistic of me to even ask?

  • What with all the disappointing news, do we know yet if we’ll be “treated” to VZ boatware on this thing, yet (sort of how X, D2, D2Global, etc. users are “treated” to Blur)?

    That would be so lame. I really want the Xoom to be bloatware free, but that even realistic? Too idealistic of me to even ask?

  • What with all the disappointing news, do we know yet if we’ll be “treated” to VZ boatware on this thing, yet (sort of how X, D2, D2Global, etc. users are “treated” to Blur)?

    That would be so lame. I really want the Xoom to be bloatware free, but that even realistic? Too idealistic of me to even ask?

  • What with all the disappointing news, do we know yet if we’ll be “treated” to VZ boatware on this thing, yet (sort of how X, D2, D2Global, etc. users are “treated” to Blur)?

    That would be so lame. I really want the Xoom to be bloatware free, but that even realistic? Too idealistic of me to even ask?

  • What with all the disappointing news, do we know yet if we’ll be “treated” to VZ boatware on this thing, yet (sort of how X, D2, D2Global, etc. users are “treated” to Blur)?

    That would be so lame. I really want the Xoom to be bloatware free, but that even realistic? Too idealistic of me to even ask?

  • What with all the disappointing news, do we know yet if we’ll be “treated” to VZ boatware on this thing, yet (sort of how X, D2, D2Global, etc. users are “treated” to Blur)?

    That would be so lame. I really want the Xoom to be bloatware free, but that even realistic? Too idealistic of me to even ask?

  • What with all the disappointing news, do we know yet if we’ll be “treated” to VZ boatware on this thing, yet (sort of how X, D2, D2Global, etc. users are “treated” to Blur)?

    That would be so lame. I really want the Xoom to be bloatware free, but that even realistic? Too idealistic of me to even ask?

  • What with all the disappointing news, do we know yet if we’ll be “treated” to VZ boatware on this thing, yet (sort of how X, D2, D2Global, etc. users are “treated” to Blur)?

    That would be so lame. I really want the Xoom to be bloatware free, but that even realistic? Too idealistic of me to even ask?

  • What with all the disappointing news, do we know yet if we’ll be “treated” to VZ boatware on this thing, yet (sort of how X, D2, D2Global, etc. users are “treated” to Blur)?

    That would be so lame. I really want the Xoom to be bloatware free, but that even realistic? Too idealistic of me to even ask?

  • Anonymous

    I planned on buying this, now I am going to wait to see what the competition comes out with ipad 2, htc, toshiba,etc

  • Anonymous

    I planned on buying this, now I am going to wait to see what the competition comes out with ipad 2, htc, toshiba,etc

  • Anonymous

    I planned on buying this, now I am going to wait to see what the competition comes out with ipad 2, htc, toshiba,etc

  • Anonymous

    I planned on buying this, now I am going to wait to see what the competition comes out with ipad 2, htc, toshiba,etc

  • Anonymous

    I planned on buying this, now I am going to wait to see what the competition comes out with ipad 2, htc, toshiba,etc

  • Anonymous

    I planned on buying this, now I am going to wait to see what the competition comes out with ipad 2, htc, toshiba,etc

  • Anonymous

    I planned on buying this, now I am going to wait to see what the competition comes out with ipad 2, htc, toshiba,etc

  • Anonymous

    I planned on buying this, now I am going to wait to see what the competition comes out with ipad 2, htc, toshiba,etc

  • Anonymous

    I planned on buying this, now I am going to wait to see what the competition comes out with ipad 2, htc, toshiba,etc

  • Anonymous

    I planned on buying this, now I am going to wait to see what the competition comes out with ipad 2, htc, toshiba,etc

  • Anonymous

    I planned on buying this, now I am going to wait to see what the competition comes out with ipad 2, htc, toshiba,etc

  • Anonymous

    I planned on buying this, now I am going to wait to see what the competition comes out with ipad 2, htc, toshiba,etc

  • Anonymous

    where’s the translation guy?

  • I believe it was this site that was talking $699 recently. I guess it took someone a while to realize what Minimum Advertised Price means.

  • Jroth2158

    I have worked in retail before and sometimes we would get ads 2-3 weeks early to prepare signs and sale cards. We have also gotten price changes a week before ad release. This ad is 3 weeks out this could be a ploy by Motorola to see attention on pricing. Who knows I would take an add 3 weeks out with a grain of salt until confirmation hits from either Motorola or Verizon. That could also obviously be a mock ad and they could put the price at whatever they want until confirmed.

    • Eibook

      i’m pretty sure Motorola already knows how the public feels regarding Xoom pricing….just saying

  • Anonymous

    Is it February 24th yet? I’m so ready to buy my Xoom already!

  • SurferSerr

    Ipad at Verizon Wireless does not have to have the MIFI included. Its an option if you want coverage where one is unable to get Wifi.

  • Anonymous

    $499 XOOM WIFI only and I’m getting one on launch day. I see this tablet as a direct competitor to the iPad and it should be priced that way, IMO. Else, I will wait for a stable port of Honeycomb to the Nook Color and just pick one of those up. For everyone who reasons like me (or decides to get an iPad instead) Motorola LOSES $500 instead of gaining $800. Greedy pricing (or out of touch pricing; however you want to call it) will result in their loss in the end. And I can honestly forego GPS, [maybe] Bluetooth, and dual core for the savings a Nook Color honeycomb tablet represent.

    /cheap
    /realistic

  • Anonymous

    $800 and now this, good luck with this, I’ve already lost interested. Bring on the phones!

  • Anonymous

    So, a XOOM actually costs $819 if this is actually correct. Ouch! I wasn’t all that interested before even when we thought it might be $699. Definitely not interested at that price! I’ll just keep using my laptop and my DInc for now.

    • Prankm

      Exactly. I was all ready to pre-order one until I saw this post on Engadget last night. No thanks, MOTO.

  • Avarice

    Our comments and desires are repeated over and over in forum after forum. Let’s hope that someone in MOTOTOWN marketing pays heed to all this negativity and disappointment with pricing. There are so many other rumors and questions about what will be available and what will not.

    As a corporation, they need to address these issues, or the exponential negativity will kill this gem before it hits the sales floors. $800 for a non-tested starter device is outrageous. I can always wait until ASUS or Toshiba makes the rounds. If I don’t feel like waiting for those, there’s always the iPad2.

  • IMO this is either fake (the grammar errors) or the price will be pushed down to $699 after it launches, and Best Buy are just trying to catch out early adopters, which is more probable.

    I’m buying the WiFi version (I have a Droid phone with unlimited net, I can tether/portable wifi hotspot with no problem). So this doesn’t really bother me.

    Also I’m in the UK. But might be ordering the Xoom for the US as it looks like it’s gonna be cheaper.

  • Mr. Joe

    Let me just say I think it’s not right to compare the iPads limitations to the XOOM. The iPad on vzw is nothing more then the WiFi version that you can bit up anywhere but vzw bundles a mifi with it. While the XOOM has all this stuff built in.

    If you really wanted an iPad vzw would be the last place you should consider getting one.

  • fartbubbler

    I blame Steve Jobs.

  • Anonymous

    People just wait a few months and you will see how they drop their prices in a heart beat….!

    BTW Moto you SUCK BIG TIME~!

  • Prankm

    Although it’s $30 cheaper than the high-end iPad, coming out of the gates at $800 is just going to drive people away from the illusion it’s too expensive. The locked WiFi is a definite killjoy for me, though. With how much I was looking forward to that tablet, that just freaking blows.

  • cowdog

    This makes sense if the Xoom is also available through other resellers. iPad is available through many resellers, so when Verizon sells it their niche is to sell it with Verizon wireless service. Makes sense for the Xoom too. Verizon is not a generic reseller, and if Motorola wants to sell these lots of Xoom tablets, they need to get away from the model of locking it to a specific wireless company.

    I’m meh on price. Yeah, that’s big bucks, but I have to actually see a Xoom hands on and compare it to the iPad (or iPad 2 when it is presumably available in April). I do think Motorola would have have been smart to price it more aggressively to build market share. I expect tablets to be the thing for some time, and getting that all important market share is critical for the longterm.

  • Mithedhel11

    Is it possible that the reason for requiring a one month data plan purchase is to link a 2 yr contract to it ? 2 yr contract would then lower the price. Shareholders want guarantees .much like a phone purchase it sounds like to me.

  • Obvious Sarcasm

    This has got to be totally Bogus. Just searched for the SKU# 1946179. Not on their website at all. Neither is the Xoom-folio.
    SKU# 2103374.

    Also, why is there a reflection on the ad?
    Plus, the beveled edge on the bottom looks like the edge of an HP laptop.
    Looks way too suspicious if you ask me.

  • Jroth2158

    Everything comes out with high prices this device I would say is leaps and bounds better then then IPAD and this model if you were to compare would be compared to the 32 gigabyte model which is $700 with 3G. So I would say they will not budge on 799.99 because for a device that is better then the IPAD with things like – Flash, Dual Core Processor, Dual Cameras, Bigger Screen, Etc. Just because the Economy is bad for the consumer does not mean it is cheaper to make for them. This is new mobile technology. The IPAD 32 gigabyte 3G device still sells for $700

  • Anonymous

    If this price is true, the Xoom is officially a flop. No matter how big of an Android fan/fanboy you may be any reasonable person should be able to admit that not being able to compete if not beat the iPad price wise means you are DOA. You can rant about dual cores and optimized for tablets and Honeycomb until you are blue in the face, the average customer is just going to tune out until you stop talking, then take the cheaper option which is at least a known quantity quality wise.

    If the Xoom doesn’t have a $600 or less model Motorola can just give up right now. I am really hoping this circular is just FUD and that there is a $500-$600 unsubsidized model.

  • Osmtj

    They can keep it. For that price you can get a nice laptop with way more functionality. I already have a Droid X so I will pass until the prices come down.

  • Anonymous

    It’s the same thing Verizon does with the Galaxy Tab. 1 month service is required and an activation fee is required. So, the initial cost will be, assuming $800 is correct, $855.

    You can cancel the contract after the initial purchase but if you ever want to activate 3G again later, you’ll need to pay another activation fee. It’s ridiculous.

  • I’ll just keep rocking my rooted nook color until the whole tablet thing gets sane. I’m already overpaying for data plans on my smartphones,. last thing I need is more data subscriptions charges for an overpriced tablet that is more luxury than necessity and will be leapfrogged by new tech in a year.

  • I’ll wait for WiFi version or go for another Android 3.0 tablet when it comes out.

  • I’ll wait for WiFi version or go for another Android 3.0 tablet when it comes out.

  • It’s probably the same as the Galaxy Tab. You’re required to pay for one month of 3G data plan for $20, then you can cancel it.

  • Zach

    Just because the price was already known still doesn’t make it too high, if they don’t lower it espeically with the Ipad 2 out soon it will be DOA.

    • It will drop in price after no one goes running to buy it.

  • NewsWorthy

    I think I will just wait until the iPad 2 comes out. Not so that I can purchase it. I am hoping that when the iPad 2 is released, Motorola will have to make adjustments to its pricing strategy in order to stay competitive. The XooM is the tablet I want, hands down. However, the price point is the dealbreaker for me. Unless Verizon can subsidize this bad boy. I wouldn’t mind going on contract for a year in order to cut the price substantially. Smartphones on contract go for about half their retail price. If I can get the XooM for $500, I’m on it.

    Do we know yet if the 4G upgrade will be a software update? That is also a concern of mine. I don’t want to have to stick a dongle in my XooM in order to get 4G. I also don’t want my XooM to need to be taken apart in order to upgrade it. For all that, I would rather wait for the 4G version to be released.
    ~ Slim ~

    • k6tcher

      But if you go with a one year contract, you still will be out $20 a month for data. $500 + $240 = $740. Are you really saving this way either?

  • Eibook

    I’m just curious who at Motorola Mobility looked at the XOOM and said $800 would be the perfect price?

    We all have been told, that the Android O.S. is for the “lesser” people…people not “refined/sophisticated” enough for iOS. Where the hell are the “lesser” Android people going to get $800 to shell out for an Android tablet?

    MAJOR FAIL!

  • Timmy7728

    You do not need to purchase a mifi to get an ipad with verizon …. u just get a deal .. u can purchase it seperately.

  • Anonymous

    Allow me to explain. Verizon does not allow a device to be sold initially and just use WiFi. They require the OEM to trigger WiFI usage only upon a single usage of 3G data. I know this to be a fact as I have worked on many verizon devices.

    There are ways around this using a tool called QPST but this is considered not ethical. :O)

    This ridiculous price and requirements is exactly what will kill this as a mass consumer device. Intentionally? I think so.

  • So what if they are locking WiFi and you have to pay $20 for one month. Give me a freaking break!

    They probably figure that you’re willing to pay a monstrous $799, so why not pay $20 extra to activate something(I don’t) that you all need?

    So people that are complaining, come on! It’s freaking WiFi, and it’s only $20, not $99. So stop the complaining, or don’t buy an XOOM, easy as that.

    • Anonymous

      That way you can show your friends your nearly $1000 tablet and brag how much you can do. Oh yea, Airbook is this price isn’t it.

      $800 + tax + $35 activation + $29 data. So cool…..NOT!

      • You get what you pay for.

        And I rarely put a price on fun, and incredible gadgets, like the Motorola XOOM.

  • Rakibby

    Rumors on when WIFI only will be out????

  • Kornfag11

    The real story is that apple mocked up this ad and sent it out over the web because they are scared of this amazing device. Lol. Makes you think though. Some apple geek could be behind this.

  • Anonymous

    Im more interested in the thunderbolt. Why are there so many unknowns still? Isn’t it launching in 7 days? And still no official announcement. Still no data pricing? Wtf

  • Anonymous

    Im more interested in the thunderbolt. Why are there so many unknowns still? Isn’t it launching in 7 days? And still no official announcement. Still no data pricing? Wtf

  • Anonymous

    Im more interested in the thunderbolt. Why are there so many unknowns still? Isn’t it launching in 7 days? And still no official announcement. Still no data pricing? Wtf

  • Anonymous

    Im more interested in the thunderbolt. Why are there so many unknowns still? Isn’t it launching in 7 days? And still no official announcement. Still no data pricing? Wtf

  • Anonymous

    Im more interested in the thunderbolt. Why are there so many unknowns still? Isn’t it launching in 7 days? And still no official announcement. Still no data pricing? Wtf

  • Anonymous

    Im more interested in the thunderbolt. Why are there so many unknowns still? Isn’t it launching in 7 days? And still no official announcement. Still no data pricing? Wtf

  • Anonymous

    Im more interested in the thunderbolt. Why are there so many unknowns still? Isn’t it launching in 7 days? And still no official announcement. Still no data pricing? Wtf

  • Anonymous

    Im more interested in the thunderbolt. Why are there so many unknowns still? Isn’t it launching in 7 days? And still no official announcement. Still no data pricing? Wtf

  • Anonymous

    Im more interested in the thunderbolt. Why are there so many unknowns still? Isn’t it launching in 7 days? And still no official announcement. Still no data pricing? Wtf

  • Anonymous

    Im more interested in the thunderbolt. Why are there so many unknowns still? Isn’t it launching in 7 days? And still no official announcement. Still no data pricing? Wtf

  • Anonymous

    Im more interested in the thunderbolt. Why are there so many unknowns still? Isn’t it launching in 7 days? And still no official announcement. Still no data pricing? Wtf

  • Anonymous

    Im more interested in the thunderbolt. Why are there so many unknowns still? Isn’t it launching in 7 days? And still no official announcement. Still no data pricing? Wtf

  • Anonymous

    Im more interested in the thunderbolt. Why are there so many unknowns still? Isn’t it launching in 7 days? And still no official announcement. Still no data pricing? Wtf

  • Anonymous

    Im more interested in the thunderbolt. Why are there so many unknowns still? Isn’t it launching in 7 days? And still no official announcement. Still no data pricing? Wtf

  • EC8CH

    Come on guys… Moto has to pay for that awesome SuperBowl spot somehow.

  • EC8CH

    Come on guys… Moto has to pay for that awesome SuperBowl spot somehow.

  • Anonymous

    I have a feeling we will see the same price cycle as the original iPhone. It will sell a little at the present price point. Sales will be slow enough where they are forced to drop the price, and then it will sell like hot cakes.

    Stupid, but normal.

  • TR

    This shouldn’t really be a surprise for a 3G/4G + WiFi model that is just coming to the market. Early adopters usually always pay a premium. Right now, Motorola is the only Honeycomb tablet…in a few months, there will be lots more based on CES announcements. A WiFi-only version may exist later too.

    • Sputnick

      TR, my reply to somebody else got thrown under yours….my response to you wasn’t supposed to be.

  • Georgiaguy

    Xoom is POOP, iPad is GOLD!

    • Anonymous

      LOL. Trolls are awesome.

  • Drummer62

    Be careful making fun of best buy……”So what the means, is that in order to buy a Motorola XOOM from Best Buy” looks like you made a boo boo too 🙂

    • Anonymous

      Drummer, making fun of someone’s typo that was probably due to auto-correct doesn’t make you look smart.

      Just sayin’.

      If I were to tell you that you forgot to capitalize Best Buy, would you think I was a genius?

  • the price doesn’t bother me..it’s a high quality device with solid specs/features. $799 is reasonable. if you spend that much on an ipad, then ur an idiot.

    one month subscription to activate wi-fi is not a big deal either.

  • Sputnick

    I think it’s all really dependent on the margin that Verizon or others make on the Xoom. For example, when you go buy an iPod, the margins are so tiny (Radio Shack manager told me they make a whopping 5 bucks on an iPod sale due to Apple royalties) that they have to make money in other areas. So, selling a month of data or selling accessories is where the margin comes into play. I don’t have the numbers, but if this is the case, it wouldn’t surprise me.

    • ArrTooDeeToo

      Their margins won’t matter if no one is buying the product…

      • Sputnick

        Uhh ok….it’s the margins that decide whether people will buy it or if Verizon or others will continue to sell it and make money on it. Margins do matter.

  • JG

    now this makes my life easier to buy a phone in the summer and a full out laptop instead of this tablet.

    Thanks Motorola!

  • Scea

    I will wait !! All this tablet nonsense is just ridiculous !! Hook Line and Sinker to anyone who spends that amount for a worthless tablet !!!Give me a break !!!

  • Fredy

    I’ll stick with my cell phone does the same things for alot cheaper price

  • KleenDroid

    From now on I will refer to them as “Motolock”

  • andrew8806

    Ad is fake, Lightning (lighting) is spelled wrong and so is Activate (activative) located directly under the Xoom.

    • Anonymous

      I’m with you. I just checked my local add & bestbuy.com’s online add. No Xoom anywhere!

    • Anonymous

      It’s probably a shot of the ad before it goes to proof reading.

  • Anonymous

    I hope HTC comes out with a tablet.. knowing the quality of HTC hardware and software.. I can also guarantee you it’ll be unlocked and not restrictive. One of the reasons why I buy ONLY htc phones. no other brand OS comes anywhere close to Sense.

  • GreenMeansGo

    I have a feeling that, unlike Apple, which I believe has strict control over the retail prices of their products, Motorola will permit the Xoom to be sold at a variety of different prices. The retailer who sets the most attractive price wins. That retailer might make less profit on the actual tablet (or even take a loss), but after folks buy some overpriced cases, stands and screen protectors to accessorize the tablet, they’ll do okay. So, my advice is to not be an early adopter….wait a few months for the price to drop. If Moto decides to target the back-to-school crowd with this device, expect some hefty discounts at certain retailers come August.

  • Anonymous

    if indeed it is locked wifi.. xoom can kiss my a$$. I’ll stick with my ipad thank you.

  • Anonymous

    How stupid is Moto, are they trying to make sure they allow Apple to not only dominate the tab market but also FAIL miserably? Here’s what the average consumer thinks: “I want a cool looking tab for around $500, I don’t want or need 3G or 4G. Hey that Xoom thing looks cool, wait, it’s $800 and I have to pay for a contract to use it for wifi? Ipad 2 here I come”

  • Anonymous

    If it has pricing tiers like the iPad, then I like the Xoom. iPad is $729 for a 32GB 3G and $499 for a 16GB WiFi. If the Xoom comes close to that lower price point for a WiFi tab (even if it’s only 4GB; it has an expansion slot, after all), then it’ll be a winner. If not, some other tab will rock a Tegra2 and Honeycomb for the right price. The beauty of closed vs. open!

  • Anthony G

    I’ll wait for an wifi only version.

  • Fowler6785

    This just sealed the deal for me. Plus, I’m getting a Thunderbolt so I’ll just root/hack it and get a Wi-Fi only Android 3.0 tablet later this year and use my 3G/4G connection on-the-go from my phone for free. I’m around a Wi-Fi hotspot about 90% of the time anyway.

    But this just proves Motorola and Verizon don’t know how to position a product at the right price point to have a successful product. The Xoom is hot, but not with these restrictions and not at such an exorbitant price… sorry.

  • Zimme88

    I don’t get why Moto hasn’t just come out and announced pricing/release date info already. They’ve had so many opportunities (like a Superbowl commercial maybe…) and we’re withing just weeks of launch. Expensive electronics are not an impulse purchase for most people.

    Don’t really have a problem with an $800 price point (though too high for me), but I think it’s a big mistake to have $800 being the lowest entry point when you’re competing with Apple and they’re starting at $500. Even if it is a better product most people won’t even bother to look at it.

    • Anonymous

      Now would be a great time to clear all this up.

      • ArrTooDeeToo

        Now would be a great time to plan on releasing a WiFi only version at a price most people would actually buy. They have a very small window of opportunity before the iPad2 and other Android tablets arrive in a month or two. At this point, they’re losing the game by a longshot!

      • Anonymous

        You say that, but this is Verizon’s MO. They allowed Best Buy to open up preorders of the Thunderbolt without a release date or even a final price announced.

  • MFG

    II hope this isn’t true. I really hope there’s different price points like the iPad.

  • I’m pretty pissed off about the whole required activation nonsense, but I am still getting one. Work pays my tablet data plan, so I am only pissed at a geek level, not a financial level. Originally, I was going to get 2, one for me, one for my wife. Now it looks like my wife will be getting a different tablet, hopefully made by HTC.

  • Matt

    This AD is fake. You don’t must words in the AD…

  • WTF the LG Slate is starting to look better and better. Price = Fail, Wifi Locked = Fail

  • Bump47

    Best Buy is a major corporation. How many major corporations have multiple spelling errors in an ad? Still holding out that this isn’t rt.

    • Anonymous

      I used to work in advertising, and this certainly wouldn’t be a final draft 17 days before distribution. You would be amazed at the spelling errors and other errors I used to find, 3 days prior to print deadline.

  • Anonymous

    copy editor is getting fired

  • Prana22

    I’ll pass. I’ll wait until there is a wifi version. And if they don’t come out with one, no Xoom for me. I’m not paying for a data plan. All I want is wifi.

    • Anonymous

      Agree. Plus, I’m still boycotting Motorola until they unlock their phones.

    • (v)urphy

      Tether FTW!

      • tether != hotspot … They are 2 different things.

        So you meant to say “Hotspot FTW!” or “Mobile AP FTW!”

        • (v)urphy

          No, I actually meant tether…not in the context you were thinking. 🙂

        • (v)urphy

          No, I actually meant tether…not in the context you were thinking. 🙂

    • KleenDroid

      Let’s get real… who the heck wants to pay for another data plan for a tablet? For Pete’s sake…

      I wanna buy a data plan for my phone, I wanna buy a data plan for my tablet, I wanna pay for a data plan for my camera, I wanna pay for a data plan for my car, I wanna buy a data plan for my watch, I wanna buy a data plan for my golf clubs, I wanna buy a data plan for my data plan.

      And PLEASE I also want you to lock down the devices you sell me so I can’t enjoy them as much.

    • biff

      I’ll take a big pass on this overpriced device. Then they lock the wifi of all things. I can hear Steve Jobs laughing and relaxing on his leave from Apple.

  • Sorry Kellex but there are several ways to purchase an iPad without getting a MiFi or paying for any cellular data at all. Thats no way to rationalize this unacceptable behavior. This is just Verizon milking us like they always do.

    • Anonymous

      I wouldn’t call it rationalizing. Verizon REQUIRES you to bundle an iPad with a MiFi if you want one from them. If you don’t, then you go to an Apple store which is something Motorola doesn’t have. Moto chose to be locked in with Verizon. These are facts.

      • You’re missing the point. People who don’t want to pay for cellular data are not going to go to Verizon to buy and iPad. There are a dozen other ways to acquire an iPad without paying activation or a single month of cellular service. Buying an iPad with MiFi from VZW is ludicrous… and sadly, cheaper 🙁

        • Anonymous

          The POINT is, that Verizon is following the exact same process they use with the iPad. I’m not saying it’s a good thing, but it shouldn’t be such a giant surprise to everyone. We all know you can buy an iPad from various outlets, but that’s NOT the case with the XOOM. It’s a Verizon exclusive. We don’t have Motorola stores with wifi-only versions.

          • Eric

            then Moto shouldn’t have made it a Verizon exclusive.

          • The lack of Moto stores shouldn’t preclude a WiFi only version. We have iPads being sold by several retailers without AT&T’s grubby paws in the mix. Reality is that the iPad is going to be the direct competition to this thing and if Motorola wants to be successful, they’ll need to follow Apple’s lead. Verizon certainly isn’t going to do them any favors.

          • Anonymous

            I 100% agree, they need to follow Apple’s model by at least releasing a WiFi only version, but they haven’t done that yet. This is what we’re stuck with.

          • Eric

            then Moto is stuck with a product that doesn’t sell.

          • luigi90210

            Kellex this is bullshit. I can buy an ipad from Verizon without mifi. You just don’t get the contract price. Its like buying a phone for full retail. You don’t have to buy a plan with a device if you just want the device.

      • Anonymous

        This is why I will be looking to alternative retailers or for a used Xoom on eBay a couple of weeks after launch.

      • Octotron

        I actually bought an iPad from Target of all places… My intention was to sell it outright and buy myself a Xoom. Prolly not happening now. Lets see if the G-Slate will fair better?

      • Octotron

        I actually bought an iPad from Target of all places… My intention was to sell it outright and buy myself a Xoom. Prolly not happening now. Lets see if the G-Slate will fair better?

      • Duh

        Its not required … you can just get an ipad

        • Rather get the Toshiba tablet

        • Ted.

          Your correct. It is not required to get a mifi. You can guy a wifi only ipad if you like.

    • robdroid

      I will be patiently awaiting the full version of honeycomb to port to the nook I just bought yesterday

    • Jawshua

      Yeah because the fact that they only made it one month is them saying hey we know you won’t use 3G with this you’ll just use wi-fi but we want a little more money out of you.

      Greedy bastards!

    • Jawshua

      Yeah because the fact that they only made it one month is them saying hey we know you won’t use 3G with this you’ll just use wi-fi but we want a little more money out of you.

      Greedy bastards!

  • I still want it! And I’m still getting it 😀

    as long as I can get wi-fi only

  • Jfeliciano

    Wifi verison or FAIL

    • Anonymous

      I’m sure the Wi-Fi only would be drastically lower in price compared to the 3G/4G version, which doesn’t require a contract. Sure. Even if they launched a 16GB Wi-Fi only version in the US (doubtful in my opinion), I don’t think they are going to drop the price by even $200 for removing $40 worth of parts.

  • Anonymous

    I knew the Xoom was too good to be true, and there had to be a catch. I guess the horrible price and locked WiFi is that catch.

    • MFG

      Like. Like. Like.

    • Anonymous

      Why can’t we push “Like” three times? This post deserves it.

    • Octotron

      I completely agree with you here… I was really excited for this tablet and the idea is being pushed farther and farther out of my mind with little catches like this.

    • Dislike and disagree.

      So what if they are locking WiFi and you have to pay $20 for one month. Give me a freaking break!

      They probably figure that you’re willing to pay a monstrous $799, so why not pay $20 extra to activate something(I don’t) that you all need?

      So people that are complaining, come on! It’s freaking WiFi, and it’s only $20, not $99. So stop the complaining, or don’t buy an XOOM, easy as that.

      • Anonymous

        Since that’s an either/or directive, does that mean we can keep complaining if we don’t purchase a Xoom?

      • It could be 20 dollars, 200 dollars, or 2 dollars. Why people are upset is because of the principle of it all – that, according to this ad, Motorola is locking something and forcing you to pay money for it to be unlocked and activated. Something that shouldn’t have to be “activated” in the first place.

        The price is already insanely high at $800. It would be one thing if they had different options available at launch, but they don’t – they’re pigeon-holing you to this overpriced amount, and then asking you to pay another $20 on top of it. It’s a slap in the face to consumers.

        • I think that is all Verizon’s idea

      • you have to pay $20 every month. Everyone has a right to point out that it is stupid.

        • Anonymous

          You don’t really believe that you have to pay $20 every month, right? Just want to be sure.

    • Anonymous

      Can I also point out that just because it has better specs than an iPad or the BB Playbook doesn’t mean that it’s worth more?

      Time and again, the market has shown us that a product’s worth is based solely on what people will pay for it, not what the manufacturer wants to charge for it.

      So, even if Motorola and Verizon want to charge $800 for it, that doesn’t make it worth $800.

      • Anonymous

        The PlayBook essentially requiring a separate device (a Blackberry) to function as you would expect it to, is why the 32GB PlayBook is only worth $599. For $200 more, I will gladly take a Xoom, which can function on its own.

      • Anonymous

        The PlayBook essentially requiring a separate device (a Blackberry) to function as you would expect it to, is why the 32GB PlayBook is only worth $599. For $200 more, I will gladly take a Xoom, which can function on its own.

      • Anonymous

        The PlayBook essentially requiring a separate device (a Blackberry) to function as you would expect it to, is why the 32GB PlayBook is only worth $599. For $200 more, I will gladly take a Xoom, which can function on its own.

      • Anonymous

        The PlayBook essentially requiring a separate device (a Blackberry) to function as you would expect it to, is why the 32GB PlayBook is only worth $599. For $200 more, I will gladly take a Xoom, which can function on its own.

      • Anonymous

        The PlayBook essentially requiring a separate device (a Blackberry) to function as you would expect it to, is why the 32GB PlayBook is only worth $599. For $200 more, I will gladly take a Xoom, which can function on its own.

      • Anonymous

        The PlayBook essentially requiring a separate device (a Blackberry) to function as you would expect it to, is why the 32GB PlayBook is only worth $599. For $200 more, I will gladly take a Xoom, which can function on its own.

    • Anonymous

      That price isn’t unreasonable. Think the ipad for a similar model is $200 more. They know people are going to pay that. No matter how much people complain its ging to sell and people are going to brag able the device and not harp on the price they paid.

      Also the plans are cheap, where the old plans were $29 for 250mb and $59 for 5gb. Now to get 4x for $10 less, I think is a good deal.

      • Sure, but they also offer cheaper WiFi-only models. Selling ONE version of the Xoom at $800 is raping the consumer. Why would a consumer by this over the much cheaper WiFi-only iPad? 3G on tablets is a nice-to-have for most people. For pretty much everyone I’ve spoken with, they’d much rather have a WiFi only version instead of paying double the cost to get 3G.

        • The only people I know who opted for the WiFi only iPad told me they regretted the decision. They said searching for available WiFi outside of their home or work is a hassle.
          And they all get annoyed by the lack flash support. (WiFi and 3G iPad owners)

          • jason6g

            my crowd was exactly the opposite. with pretty much every smartphone out there offering tethering, and the whole rooted crowd free wifi tethering, thats a big thing around here. also most everywhere i go there are plenty of open wifi networks. i persoanlly prefer to connect through my own source, and for my needs it works well.

            i think the $800 price point is going to kill it for all the 16gb ipad buyers out there.

          • i’d much rather pay $20 extra on my current Droid X plan and use that hotspot for the XOOM then a new completely separate data plan at a greater price.

    • Anonymous

      They only have to sell 7500 units to pay off the :60 Super Bowl spot (~$6,000,000), if that puts things into perspective. Might be a horrible price for you, but I’m still buying it on launch day, and I’m obviously not going to be the only one.

      • Not quite. They need to CLEAR that much to pay for the ad. Suppose they make $200 each, then they need to sell 30,000 to break even. That doesn’t count R&D and things like that, but is closer to being accurate.

        • Anonymous

          Oh, I know. I just really trying to illustrate how few units Motorola really has to sell, in order to generate millions of dollars in gross revenue. Net is different, and unfortunately we’ll never know what they’re netting for each unit.

          • Scout247

            there is iFixit, they tear down stuff and measure the component costs. Sure it doesn’t include R&D either, but we can figure out a more accurate profit for them

          • Anonymous

            I only put about 20% weight on what iFixit has to say. They don’t account for R&D, marketing, distribution, support, and they can’t even make an educated guess as to any monetary agreements between carrier and manufacturer.

            Those are all factors which play a role in the pricing of a device. Heck, they even estimate future warranty claims into the pricing of a device.

          • Scout247

            there is iFixit, they tear down stuff and measure the component costs. Sure it doesn’t include R&D either, but we can figure out a more accurate profit for them

        • Anonymous

          Oh, I know. I just really trying to illustrate how few units Motorola really has to sell, in order to generate millions of dollars in gross revenue. Net is different, and unfortunately we’ll never know what they’re netting for each unit.

        • Anonymous

          Oh, I know. I just really trying to illustrate how few units Motorola really has to sell, in order to generate millions of dollars in gross revenue. Net is different, and unfortunately we’ll never know what they’re netting for each unit.

  • Mike

    Speling errors are funny.