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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.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Lex-Calder/693951372 Lex Calder

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

  • http://twitter.com/JsinLegacy JsinLegacy

    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.

  • http://twitter.com/JsinLegacy JsinLegacy

    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. :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/migoyvelez Migoy Velez

    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.

  • http://twitter.com/mrcamillo mrcamillo

    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. :P

    • DBK

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

  • 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.

  • http://www.linkedin.com/in/PhilHamlin Phil Hamlin

    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?

  • http://www.linkedin.com/in/PhilHamlin Phil Hamlin

    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?

  • http://www.linkedin.com/in/PhilHamlin Phil Hamlin

    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?

  • http://www.linkedin.com/in/PhilHamlin Phil Hamlin

    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?