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Confirmed: Motorola XOOM is $799 at Best Buy, 1-Month Data Package Required to Unlock WiFi

In next Sunday’s Best Buy ad (February 20th), we already found out that the HTC Thunderbolt would be $249 on 2-year contract and $749 at full retail, but what about the Motorola XOOM?  We had seen a price of $799 a couple of weeks back and also heard that a 1-month data subscription would be required to unlock WiFi on the device.  Well peeps, we’ve confirmed both of those.  The price is indeed $799 at BBY and you’ll have to grab at a data plan for the first month in order to unlock WiFi.  We’re assuming that you can cancel immediately after and enjoy the device with just WiFi, but you’ll shell out an extra $20 on day 1.

Oh, and Best Buy definitely expects to sell it on the 24th.

Note:  So that everyone is clear, this is the ad that comes out on the 20th.  You won’t see it in tomorrow’s newspaper.

Cheers ____!

  • budi harja

    wow..like this gudget..

    http://ditataproperty.com/

  • Weezer1972

    So BBY lists it on their website as $1199.99 as of 2.13.11. What’s up with that? Much different pricing that what is “confirmed” here. Is this a different model?

  • mroach

    The link just went live on their site http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Computers-Promotions/Motorola+XOOM/pcmcat233400050016.c?id=pcmcat233400050016&DCMP=rdr3807 Showing it at $1199.99 Now. Hope that is just a place holder.

  • Really? “Activative”. We saw that error two weeks ago and it STILL made it in print. Best Buy…that reason right there will keep me from buying from you.

  • Anonymous

    Wifi is controled on the device? And if it is how long will it take someone to root it and bypass this feature? Do you have to buy the month then or can you take the device home without a 3g plan?

  • Rich

    I was really looking forward to this but this is predatory pricing is insane. I will wait for wifi only version or maybe even an alternative HC 3.0 model. I’m thinking of unloading my Motorola stock too.

  • Shanklin07

    This is so strange is it not? I mean a tablet is, in my mind, a device that should be cheaper than a fully capable computer. And on top of that, it is running Android as the OS. Android has grown because it is a great OS, but also because it usually is running on hardware at a competitive price. I get that the Xoom is awesome and if you want the best you have to pay for it. But this is not what I was expecting price wise at all. I cant afford to just shell out another $900 bucks just after Christmas! I have kids, a mortgage and all the other bills they want me to pay. This price will greatly hinder the sale of this device. Normal guys/gals like me know what I’m saying. Oh and I see Droid Life has an inside guy at some best buy lol. I can see it, it’s probably some random guy giving them info.

  • More like the Motorala DOOM.

  • LinuxLover

    No sale… I’ll pass.

  • Arthurpjohnson

    DOA. Would have loved it at five bills, even six, but eight? Kudos to the engineers, fail for marketing.

  • 800 plus tax plus the $20 for at least one month, this thing will come out to be around $890. That is ridiculous for a tablet, which pretty much in all cases boils down to be an oversized smart phone. I think it will be an awesome device no doubt but not for close to 900 bucks, when my handheld android can do just about everything the x00m(although not as pretty or as fast) can and is way more portable. Not to mention the Bionic is dropping in a few months with a Tegra 2 and will most likely be $250…no thanks, i’ll pass on the x00m for now.

    And I thought the iPad was overpriced when it came out..wow.

  • Anonymous

    To add insult to injury, you will pay a $35 activation fee. So make it $55. Of course, google navigation, video streaming while driving, and all the other good things that having ubiquitous 3G coverage is actually a benefit for most people. $20 for 1 GB is a good deal in all reality, assuming you only have to use the mobile capabilities occasionally. Having an iPad, I have to say that the 3G capability is like a Swiss Army Knife. One never knows how much you can use it until you carry one every day. Give it a try, I think $20 is a steal to be connected anywhere anytime as an option. For those who are completely sedentary, or live in a saturated open wifi area, you may have a point. However, for those of us that do travel or live in suburban or rural environments, it’s a kickass offering. Why do you think they make you use it? Because if you don’t try it you don’t see value. There is cost, and there is value. It costs $20 bucks, but the value is immeasurable when you need internet and it’s always there.

    • If I were to have any tablet I would question how much I would use the 3G. I mean I have a droid now. I will most likely get the Droid Bionic when it comes out, so I mean as far as mobility with Navigation and such I’d have that covered with my phone pretty much 100% of the time. I would maybe take it to work with me, but we have wifi there, but I wouldn’t mind doing some tablet gaming on my downtime. Other than that i’m usually out and about or at the gym which I use my phone as an mp3 player. So I would probably using the 3G capabilities of this few and far between. Not to mention the Bionic will be 4G and the Xoom 4G update will probably have ANOTHER fee associated with it lol. That’s just me though.

  • Roshizzle

    Way to go Moto. making that iPad 2 look real good right about now.

  • retarded..

    I don’t give a damn what the reasoning is… if im paying $800 for a tab, you should be pleased im a customer of yours instead of screwing me for an additional $20. That’s so damned dirty ill never buy another motorola product based on that alone. There’s no logic or good reason for this. Just pure greed and I wont support or fall for it. Next please..

  • Ajdurk

    Spec wise the xoom is great but the iPad does what it does well enough, and is guaranteed to be supported. If you buy an iPad you don’t have to worry if it will exist next year. Who knows with these Android devices, especially at $800 a pop. Also you can’t beat Ipads 10 hour battery life.

  • Anonymous

    LOeffingL. Good job Motorola/Verizon. You’ve officially killed the Xoom before a single review has come out. They are delusional if they think more than a few thousand people will buy this.

    Here’s hoping there is a Wi-Fi version that is at least $150 cheaper. Otherwise it is iPad 2 (or I guess a cheaper Android tablet) for me and anyone reasonable.

  • Prankm

    Well, it kills me to say it, but this just pushed me into waiting for an iPad 2. The $800 price tag sucks, but it’s no different than the high-end iPad. But locking down WiFi until you buy a data package? F you, MOTO. I loved you so much, and you breaketh my heart right before Valentine’s Day.

  • Anonymous

    DOA

  • R.I.P., Xoom.

  • HD Guy

    Yeah price is a huge factor on peoples decision to buy something but it is not everything. It’s all about brand appeal and what makes them purchase a particular brand. Why do people buy Harley Davidson motorcycles when there are similar looking makes/models for much less? Because the brand, When some dude rolls up next to a HD on a Honda knockoff that is 5k less he knows he is subpar and people look at the two and envy the HD guy. The HD guy feels like he is the shiznit, that’s the difference.

    Same thing with tech toys when you pull out an IPAD, LG or Samsung tablet in the cafe you will feel like the Honda knockoff dude when someone busts a XOOM out on your A$$!!

    13 days and counting until my new toy…..

    • Robsmith Nikon

      What are you smoking? I love my Droid… but its the Honda in Daytona when people are playing with iphones. “Look… like an iphone only not.”

      Like it or not… Apple changed the game. I was thrilled to get a smartphone that was not Apple… and not a crapberry… but facts are what they are… ipad and iphone are the name brand items that the sheep buy. Android is still catching up. As a photographer this is very evident. I am one of very few non-apple photogs that I know.

    • Robsmith Nikon

      What are you smoking? I love my Droid… but its the Honda in Daytona when people are playing with iphones. “Look… like an iphone only not.”

      Like it or not… Apple changed the game. I was thrilled to get a smartphone that was not Apple… and not a crapberry… but facts are what they are… ipad and iphone are the name brand items that the sheep buy. Android is still catching up. As a photographer this is very evident. I am one of very few non-apple photogs that I know.

  • Anonymous

    thats pretty arrogant for them to price it so high and expect people to buy it… with the number one competitor being available at 500..

  • DannyJedi

    I am currently saving up for the new Imac. I have no need for a tablet, but after the shitty back handed anti modding attitude for Motorola, I will be getting an Ipad to compliment it. If I get anything at all.
    Or maybe a macbook, for a few hundred dollars more than a gimmicky stupid tablet.

    • Anonymous

      Apple doesn’t exaclt welcome modders with open arms either.

  • Obviousman

    F Motorola.

  • DannyJedi

    The cost is way to much, and when you add in the bend over put-together for the one month of 3G service, it makes no sense.
    I understand paying a price to be “bleeding edge” but in a few short months, this tab will be just one of the pack.
    Who cares, big deal, bah humbug.
    Don’t believe me? Go on craigslist, and look at gadgets that people were drooling over two years ago, you can buy now for nothing.
    We are still in a Depression. There are people that can’t even make rent this month. I am sure you know some.
    All I am trying to say, at the end of the day, the Xoom, is just another POS toy that the sheeple will gobble up, and celebs get for free in gift baskets.
    Do yourself a favor, put money away for a rainy day.

  • DannyJedi

    The cost is way to much, and when you add in the bend over put-together for the one month of 3G service, it makes no sense.
    I understand paying a price to be “bleeding edge” but in a few short months, this tab will be just one of the pack.
    Who cares, big deal, bah humbug.
    Don’t believe me? Go on craigslist, and look at gadgets that people were drooling over two years ago, you can buy now for nothing.
    We are still in a Depression. There are people that can’t even make rent this month. I am sure you know some.
    All I am trying to say, at the end of the day, the Xoom, is just another POS toy that the sheeple will gobble up, and celebs get for free in gift baskets.
    Do yourself a favor, put money away for a rainy day.

  • Billyrohmjr

    Really…..what will this thing do that my droid x and my laptop wont do?

  • Billyrohmjr

    Really…..what will this thing do that my droid x and my laptop wont do?

  • k6tcher

    Mehhh… I guess if $799 + $20 + $35 ($855 including activation) is in your price range, you never really worried about the price anyway and this is no issue for you.

    The rest of us must pass if there is no $500 version later.

    BTW, Moto, there are far less buyers with about $900 in their pockets than us $500 customers. The Xoom will NOT succeed at the current selling price. When you finally do decide to lower the price, the $500 customers will have moved on to something equally as good (like from a Toshiba) and satisfying.

  • I dont know everyone is talking about this xoom but what about the thunderbolt being 729 that is 70 dollars less than the xoom now that is crazy

    • Anonymous

      yea, like crazy man. twice even…

    • Anonymous

      yea, like crazy man. twice even…

    • Chris Nimon

      At least you can get the T-bolt for $250 with your contract. They do that with the Xoom and people will buy them out.

  • I dont know everyone is talking about this xoom but what about the thunderbolt being 729 that is 70 dollars less than the xoom now that is crazy

  • Anonymous

    Wow, is that $800 subsidized with a data plan?

    • Thats what Im saying, you can just forget about the off contract price

  • Anonymous

    any word on when the wifi only is to be released?

  • Vtxtank

    I will have one on the 24th and try to sell my *pad that afternoon!!!

  • Anonymous

    Purchasing 2 – one for me and the wife! 24th cant get here fast enough!!!

    • Anonymous

      I bet your wife would prefer an iPad

  • Stephen D

    This sucks. If they really want to compete with the iPad, it would be a lot cheaper and there would be Wi-Fi only versions. Screw the XOOM now. It was 800 bucks to build my computer…

  • Anonymous

    Verizon, All ways watch out for the catch. It’s not good enough that Verizon has a great tablet to sell, but they gotta stick it to you as well.

    I can’t wait for the Wifi only but buyer beware when you open up that wallet, Verizon is the King of upselling and adding in those extra incenttaives LOL, which turns out to be extra cash going out the window. This deal really sucks, just to unlock wifi, Verizon PLEASSSSE!!!

    I’ll wait this is really hitting the/ us consumers below the belt.

  • Paul

    Soo… what happens if I buy the device, but not a data plan? Will I never be able to use wifi? Or is that just for one month?

  • Droiddoes

    It looks like everything is going to stay like 1984 Motorola

  • Chris Nimon

    If these were $250 with the 2 year contract they probably wouldn’t be able to make enough to keep up with demand. I bet this option would take a HUGE bite out of the ipad. The way it looks now, well I bet there will be plenty available.

  • So Kellex are you sticking with your “they will sell millions of these, MILLIONS” prediction?

  • Rip Off

    I want this Xoom over the Ipad, but not at that price. I’m out!!!

  • Mr.Joe

    I <3 Locked Bootloaders. This is my kind of tab!

  • Larry Mao

    Motorola and Verizon seem intent on making the Xoom as unappealing to all of us as possible. First, $800 for the tablet, then a required data plan, then a required data plan to unlock Wifi. What’s next, are they gonna charge us a $.50 cent tax to download free apps?

    • F350bear

      Shhhh… don’t give them any ideas!

  • Alvinm 77

    I’ll be waiting to see if the black and silver version that passed through FCC is a WiFi only versions. It will be cool to just 4G hotspot it for me. Plus the colorway is gonna match my Thunderbolt. I have no interest in using 3G on the Xoom. I heard that 4G hotspot was free with the Thunderbolt anyway. If not, either way. I might just wait.

  • Anonymous

    I’ll keep my $800, thanks. Ill wait until they inevitably drop the price due to low demand.

  • Kashtrey

    The price is crazy. But there is one thing that I can think of that would justify such a high price. If Moto offers a free hardware upgrade to the 4G radio and has built the costs of the upgrade into the price then $800 is not a ridiculous price point. Now if they want us to go to Verizon and pay 50-100 to upgrade to 4G when available on top of the initial price, that’s just ridiculous.

  • Just don’t buy it. Let’s wait it out until they drop the price.

    • Jroth5714

      Didnt work for gas

      • haha sad but true

      • Anonymous

        It worked for the iPhone.

  • Jroth5714

    Ok now everybody really the if the price is that big of a factor you should spend money else where if 100 or 200 dollars is going to make you or break you then stop even trying to post about this. IT IS NEW TECHNOLOGY. I do not go around and say Ferrari cars are too expensive that will never work, they seem to be doing fine sames as Mercedes. I mean you guys wine a lot but I do not see any legit arguments. People saying that IPAD is 600 with Wi-Fi only. Yea well this has 3g/4g(upgrade) so that price goes out the window and this is a year newer model. I mean you have Inflation and everything to factor I mean people expecting to pay 500 You should be looking for low end tablets because your crazy to think top specs will get you that price.

    • Anonymous

      Apple seems to be able to release improved products each year at the same price so your argument is moot on that point.

      However, you are right on about the 1 or 200 more in price. It costs to be at the bleeding edge.

      • Jroth5714

        Yea but go to this link yea its 64GB but it is only 3g (I know Xoom is only upgradeable to 4G) and not dual core. http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Apple%26%23174%3B+-+iPad%26%23153%3B+with+Wi-Fi+%2B+3G+-+64GB/9811319.p?id=1218178657229&skuId=9811319
        and tell me the price so my argument is not moot it is spot on. Who would pay for that price for older Tech

        • Anonymous

          that’s right. just keep drinking the Koolaid. the number of G’s means nothing. i’d rather pay once for my G and tether to my LTE mobile.

          • Koolaide? So someone that has the money to buy this and doesnt complain about the price because it is spot on is not a fanboy? You need some help bro

      • Budcar38

        Improved as in the addition of folders?

    • Wmsco51

      and your the reason they get away with it because you don’t have sense on cents.

  • Eric

    umm and i the only one who sees something wrong with the math. How is a phone retail at 749 and then a tablet 799. WTF????

  • Anonymous

    I have my heart set up getting this, but since roebeet has made the Viewsonic G-Tablet worth running, and I am certain I will see Honeycomb on it, at $379 for wi-fi only, I might have to live with the poor viewing angles and stick it out for a while and hope for a $100 or so price drop in fairly short order (which I expect since as other tablets start flooding the market).

  • this is fine, it won’t sell at all, and they’ll be forced to lower the price to move quantities.
    unless they plan to sell 100, which is unlikely given that they paid so much for a superbowl ad for it.

    also, who says that rooting and a little hacking can’t get past this ?

  • dshizzel

    I’m sorry — this thing costs more than a quad core PC with big monitor? N-O-T-H-I-N-G is THAT good. Maybe not even at HALF the price.

  • Chris Nimon

    Yeah, no thanks moto. Instead I’ll go buy 2 laptops with far more capability.

    • Anonymous

      After seeing that price that’s how im starting to look at it.

  • Anonymous

    Yeah, because making it harder to obtain and more expensive is a great way to battle against the ipad.

  • Anonymous

    I just don’t understand this pricing… A few months ago I built an almost top of the line gaming PC for $900. Sure I cannot carry it to my buddies house but really $800 to play angry birds and check my Gmail??? None for me thanks…

  • Eh?

    That’s F’d up right there. I hope it fails so they learn their lesson.

    No wifi unless you pay? FU!

  • Trying to talk the Board of Directors into getting Xooms over iPads.

  • Anonymous

    Plus $35 activation fee. And, after you cancel it, you’ll need to pay another activation fee if you ever want to use data again.

  • Skychet

    Is it just me or is Motorola trying to shoot itself in the foot? The average consumer is going to buy a proven product in the ipad for $500 instead of gambling on a very very poorly advertised product that’s brand new to the market for $800. Heck some of us hard core android users can’t even justify that price let alone the general public. Good luck Moto, you’re gonna need it if you really want the Xoom to compete.

    • Anonymous

      you are absolutely correct. but the few people on this forum will not because they want the best spec’d device regardless of application availability. the tablet will do well just like the Galaxy Tab did but it will be a year before the tablets apps are there to thought of as an iPad(2) killer

    • Anonymous

      you are absolutely correct. but the few people on this forum will not because they want the best spec’d device regardless of application availability. the tablet will do well just like the Galaxy Tab did but it will be a year before the tablets apps are there to thought of as an iPad(2) killer

    • Nvious1

      Yeah I agree. The whole advertising to the masses of this product has been an uber fail. The average consumer probably has no idea about this product and now they are expecting people to just roll into the store and drop 800 + X + Y (filled in for whatever random cost they are saying now). Until other models roll out, I don’t see this going very far…

    • Nvious1

      Yeah I agree. The whole advertising to the masses of this product has been an uber fail. The average consumer probably has no idea about this product and now they are expecting people to just roll into the store and drop 800 + X + Y (filled in for whatever random cost they are saying now). Until other models roll out, I don’t see this going very far…

  • I’m tired of everyone’s complaining. Yes, the prices are high. That’s what happens with new technology…

  • I’m tired of everyone’s complaining. Yes, the prices are high. That’s what happens with new technology…

    • Anonymous

      When the iPad was new, you could still get one for under $600. It’s not that the price is high, it’s that there isn’t an option for a cheaper model. That’s the biggest complaint I see.

  • Anonymous

    what about the spelling errors? “Do it all lighting fast”? uhhhhhh

  • I’m going to hate my self, but I’m still buying one.

    • Anonymous

      You won’t hate yourself. It’s gonna be awesome!

      • My bank account will hate me.

        • Total Horse Crap

          So is mine LOL

    • Anonymous

      go for it. the extra $200 or so is no biggie, right? be sure to buy the extended warranty and damage insurance. you are gonna need it if the field failure rate is anything like their normal products. 8-9%

      • Always buy the extended, I do media/network administration. I work a lot in the field and in the office.

      • why do hate because you cant afford it sorry poor @ss go troll somewhere else

    • Anonymous

      go for it. the extra $200 or so is no biggie, right? be sure to buy the extended warranty and damage insurance. you are gonna need it if the field failure rate is anything like their normal products. 8-9%

  • Anon

    Just to further confirm. I work for BB and ran this sku and it is indeed in the system along with that case in the bottom right. When you ring up the device with that sku it comes up as $1199.99 and is listed as Motorola Xoom in the checkout pos. The inventory system still says unavailable.

    • Anonymous

      $1199.99??

      You sure that’s not a Macbook??

      MOTOFAIL!

      • Anon

        I just checked the sku again and they changed the title of the item in the inventory system. It now says BB LW #2, but is still priced at $1199. I can assure you that the sku that was ran was the sku from that ad.

        • Anonymous

          That’s gotta be a mistake.

          • Total Horse Crap

            o I ran the SKU from the original posting that came out and it showed that price as well… It did say Motorola Xoom on that and it showed above $1000 as well. To be honest, that is not going to be the price. The reason why the company does that is so that someone doesn’t leak out pricing before it drops. Don’t get upset. The price will change. I am hoping that they do bring it down to like $699.99 for customers. That would seem reasonable and comparable to the IPad at the 32GB level.

          • Anon

            Did you run the employee price? It was a VERY reasonable price… I hope that one was right 🙂

      • Anon

        I wish I had a picture. We just re-ran the sku here at BB and it is coming up as “BB LW#2, but the price is still $1199” I know that isn’t as good as a picture. I do have one of the employee price for the sku when it did say Motorola Xoom, but I am not posting that!

      • MK17

        Even if he did print it out and it was true that doesn’t mean that is the actual price. That could mean all kinds of things. One of them being that its some random price someone threw in there, or that BB is protecting the pricing by putting at some ridiculous price etc, etc…

  • Everybody stop it now…Best Buy ads CANNOT possibly be faked. Nor could an employee who works in the graphics dept. play a practical joke. This is real, for sure.!

  • Everybody stop it now…Best Buy ads CANNOT possibly be faked. Nor could an employee who works in the graphics dept. play a practical joke. This is real, for sure.!

  • Anonymous

    Kellex,

    That’s just a printout of the same ad we saw last week…Spelling errors included. Hardly enough to warrant a “COMFIRMED:” headline. It still could be a fake ad.

    Have a look at this article. http://goo.gl/cLAVF
    That’s more of a confirmation than this, I’d say. It doesn’t have a price, but it still has the data requirement (minimum of $20) and the activation fee ($35, but Costco is going to eat that with a mail in rebate…still won’t be enough for many buyers).

  • Dr. Jekyll

    Is Motorola trying to be crApple????

  • Anonymous

    CAN’T . F’N . WAIT!

  • Scout247

    Someone’s gonna crack the need to pay for a data plan. Also i don’t think they’d be able to do the same thing here in Canada. Roger’s had a 1 year contract for Iphone exclusivity, and I don’t think they or any other carrier would do it for a tablet.

  • Anonymous

    Same here.

  • Guest

    Read the articale people. There are still spelling errors in it and still looks fake. Just because the pic has a newspaper look in the background doesnt mean it is real…. Wait till Best Buy actually posts there true ad before you complain.

  • Ha

    Wow i wanted one of these.. but damn motorola has become greedy lately. Ill pass.

  • Stogies

    I will have one on the 24th!! If you want to be an early adopter you have to pay more, that’s the game. If you don’t like it just wait for the price to the drop later this year and then enjoy this beast. The only similarity between the XOOM and the IPAD is that they are tablets. Spec wise XOOM crushes it, and do not see IPAD2 being much better. If you want the glorified Ipod touch than have at it. I am ready for a change….

    • Anonymous

      same here.

    • Linuskinrak

      Good point, but monthly fee to unlock wifi?!? That is not a technological advanced feature, that is clearly greed…

      • Stogies

        Definitely agree there, that is Vz getting their grubby mitts on a little pocket change.

      • Anonymous

        one month, not monthly. also, it doesn’t actually unlock wi-fi, verizon just won’t let bb sell it without at least one month of data. honestly, that’s the way Verizon’s iPad/MiFi and Galaxy Tab are.

        • Linuskinrak

          I will be interested in seeing if a wifi version will be offered by the 24th or soon after. I see that Best Buy is only allowed to sell a 3G version if you activate it, but to even hint that no wifi will be available at all unless you sign for a month, is bad marketing. As seen in the comments, people are not happy with the price and I just hope moto releases a wifi version soon after release.

      • Total Horse Crap

        Its not Best Buy being gready, its VZW… The whole can’t unlock wifi for a month is BS but its VZW paying money to Motorola on the back end to get people to try mobile BB. I have the Galazy Tab now and the $20 for 1GB plan isn’t bad at all to have some what of a mobile internet on the go. Total BS though that I can’t use wifi for a month!!!!

  • Anonymous

    No thanks, don’t need a big iPod Touch.

  • Guest

    No thanks, don’t need a big iPod Touch.

  • Anonymous

    It is a known fact that Motorola fubars everything they do one way or another. Now we know how they did it for the Xoom. Great device indeed but they screwed the pooch on this one. iPad2 for me baby. I have a Galaxy Tab now and have not used it in 2 months.

  • Bs_thinker

    They took a play out of the motorola’s going to go out of business book. Fortunately, LG and others are coming out with tablets soon. Worst comes to worst I could buy an Ipad.

  • NewsWorthy

    This is additional motivation to wait until the actual 4G version comes out. By then, the i*ad2 should be here and the competition will hopefully drive the price of the XooM down.
    ~ Slim ~

    • Anonymous

      There’s no 4G version, the XOOM will just be upgradable to 4G.

      • Anonymous

        Not necessarily, Motorola already said the version coming out in 2Q will have 4G built-in.

        • Michael Scrip

          Wait, wait, wait…

          How about bring out the WIFI-only Xoom first… before making a 2ndr carrier-contracted version?

          • Anonymous

            Month-to-month data is not a contract.

          • Michael Scrip

            It still doesn’t change the fact that we don’t have a cheaper WIFI-only option… and they’re already working on a 4G model…

            The leaked Best Buy ad says “a minimum of 1 month data subscription is required…”

            The leaked Costco ad says “First Month Data Plan Required to Purchase.”

            You’re right… maybe it’s month-to-month… but the words “data subscription” and “data plan” kinda bother me…

            It still sucks that you have to do ANY of that bullshit before you can walk out of the store with a Xoom…

          • Anonymous

            Verizon’s tablet data plans are marketed as “no obligation, month-to-month data plans, starting at $20 for 1GB.”

          • Michael Scrip

            Awesome… thank you.

            Even though I mis-worded my first comment in this thread… I still want to know why they are making a 2nd model of the Xoom with 4G… before we hear about the WIFI-only model!

            To be honest… having to pay an activation fee and the first month of service in order to even use the WIFI on the Xoom… that’s disgusting…

  • Anonymous

    Well this isn’t as bad as I thought. I mean, a one-month subscription isn’t bad, and I guess VZW wants customers to see the advantage of having 3G on a tablet. You can cancel the data plan after one month, and you have a WiFi tablet. That’s fine with me.
    But if Motorola/Verizon really think they have a winner in their hands (which I’m sure they do) they better decrease the price. $800 is frankly way too much. I’d say around $600 would be fair.

    • Michael Scrip

      You’re right… it’s not bad… but it’s far more hassle than it should be.

      You can bet the salesmen at Best Buy aren’t gonna say “but you can cancel after one month”

      And you have to stand there while they create an account for you… maybe a credit check… and all that jazz.

      No… I think this is shaping up to be a blunder… not matter how great the hardware and network is.

      The average consumer isn’t gonna understand why this tablet costs $800 and requires signing up for a contract… even if you can cancel after a month.

      Their eyes will quickly move over the that “other” tablet that you can simply pay for and walk out of the store.

      • Anonymous

        I totally agree. Sigh, I really had high hopes on the XOOM. It could have been as big as the OG Droid’s launch.
        I guess we’ll have to wait for other Honeycomb tablets.

        • hkklife

          Totally DOA:

          $799 + mandatory sales tax (due to no Xooms from Newegg, Amazon etc) + $35 activation + $20 data plan= $920+ out the door for most folks. NO tablet is worth that much, regardless of its specs. When I can get a 10.1″ capacitive Honeycomb wi-fi only tablet from ANYONE (I don’t care about CPU/GPU or onboards storage since this thing will seldom leave the house) for $500 I’ll be interested. Until then, it’ll be a rooted Nook Color for me unless Viewsonic gets busy and announces firm Honeycomb update plans for the Gtablet!

        • Michael Scrip

          You could get an OG Droid for $200 on contract… or even less with an upgrade credit. And people need cell phones.

          I don’t think you can compare tablets sales to phone sales… especially not an $800 tablet to a $200 phone.

          Maybe Motorola will surprise us with a WIFI-only Xoom soon. But seeing how these manufacturers are in bed with the carriers… I seriously doubt that.

          It’s been 4 months… and we’re still waiting for the WIFI-only Galaxy Tab…

  • NCX

    This is NOT next week’s ad, the one posted on Slick Deals.net does not even have the ThunderBolt or Xoom in it. http://bestbuyad.blogspot.com/ they even have next weeks ad too, so BestBuy might have gotten a correction in time to get a new ad printed.

    • Guest

      I would agree. Besides, best buy would not have that many spelling errors in their public ad. This is a fake. Still says Lighting instead of Lightning and Activative instead of Activate…… Stop reposting crap without getting you r facts strqaight people…..

      • NCX

        and besides, if BestBuy dropped that ad, there most likely acknowledging to the placeholder info there replacing with the next ad, i’ll be on the lookout for the next ad as soon as i see it, i’ll let the whole world know that BestBuy sucks with there planning lol and that they just suck LOL

  • Here’s looking at you Toshiba.

  • Kevoskee

    this is crazy. And I thought groceries was expensive

  • Kevoskee

    this is crazy. And I thought groceries was expensive

  • I’m not using all my tax money towards this >_< This pricing is ridiculous.

  • Anonymous

    They can sell it on the 24th, but I won’t buy it.

  • Anonymous

    Sad fail.

  • (v)urphy

    Wait, you’re telling me the Thunderbolt is only $50 cheaper than the XOOM?

    Buy XOOM
    Download Skype Mobile
    Cancel VZW $20 contract
    Tether from friend’s rooted Droid
    Profit

    • Anonymous

      thats what i said! i mean come on 6 inches bigger, more internals! how? tell me how bb? anyways if someone can buy a thunderbolt and put it on ebay…. :)….for a lil less pls 🙂 lol….i posted a comment but it has to be approved because of language… lol

  • …How can they charge 749 for the when the Xoom is 50 bucks more and you get so much more….

  • Anonymous

    WTH is wrong with these people? Ok, I understand that it is better hardware than the TotL iPad. But people aren’t going to look at that. That are going to see $800 and pass. And what’s this crap about “unlocking wifi”? Really? $800 isn’t enough, some jerk ass carrier has to get their $20 too?

    KMA Motorola. I’ll just get a Nook color or stand by the sidelines. I wanted this piece of kit so bad. Now it’s just too bad.

    – KFD –

    • Anonymous

      Agreed on all counts. I’ll snag a cheap, rootable, 7″, Tegra2, HC tablet in a few months. Get WiFi only and probably pay under $400. Then, if I want mobile data, get a 4G MiFi.

      In the words of the parodical Sean Connery: “Suck it, Motorola. Suck it long, and suck it hard.”

    • Anonymous

      Agreed on all counts. I’ll snag a cheap, rootable, 7″, Tegra2, HC tablet in a few months. Get WiFi only and probably pay under $400. Then, if I want mobile data, get a 4G MiFi.

      In the words of the parodical Sean Connery: “Suck it, Motorola. Suck it long, and suck it hard.”

    • Jeff

      I agree on all points. Requiring you to buy a month of 3G just to use WiFi is INSANE…. I would NEVER buy a device like that on principle along…..

      Heck even Apple does not screw customers that badly….. This is going to really hurt sales in my opinion…

      P.S. I have a $750 3G iPad and it is a great device.

      • can you imagine the outrage from fandroids if Apple tried to do something like this?

        • Anonymous

          We’d make fun of fapple for being so stupid, here we’re just angry.

      • Anonymous

        I agree as well, Verizon needs to take a lot of cues from Apple in regards to PR, Marketing a device/tablet and treating the faithful loyal customers with better pricing.

        The corporate structure is too “Give me all your money, versus lets really capture the consumer not only with great priducts but with outstanding pricing and service. Forget about Apple, Let’s Blaze our own Path?

        • Anonymous

          Yep, plus the device can’t really cost more than $400 to make, I’d bet even $300.

          • Anonymous

            Correct, unless Verizon is either recouping thier cost to Google, or trying
            to sieze the moment to make extra revenue off of the tablet wave.

          • Anonymous

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            Hope u like it.

    • palomosan

      I’m wondering if this is a BB only thing and not a Verizon thing, I hope is not.

  • Anonymous

    The thing that really bother me is that Motorola expect you to shell out that kinda money, plus maybe a data plan, but still have to deal with your cell phone that you have to still pay for. Man that become a very expensive option.

  • Anonymous

    What happen to the tweet that 749 , may not be the full retail price on the Tbolt. Are you now confirming it definetly is?

  • My guess is that BB will be planning for some big rush of people like that other vz “phone” launch and then be surprised how no one shows up to buy something that has little value to those of us, myself included, that don’t want to pay a monthly plan. Gimme the wifi only version… in silver please!

    • Anonymous

      If you can’t afford $20 for 1 month of data, you probably don’t need to be spending $800 on a tablet.

      • DannyJedi

        That is not the point. The point is you don’t have a choice. and to use the device with the already embedded hardware, you MUST subscribe, is a pooch screw. Unnecessary.

  • That ad still has the same spelling mistakes as the one from a week ago. You are telling me that they would not have corrected them? Looks like the same nonsense to me. I still don’t believe it..

    “activatuve” and “lighting”… Really?

  • Anonymous

    Ha! If I’m reading it right, it still says “activative.” Am I the only one a little nervous about buying my incredibly expensive technology at a place that can’t even use spell check?

    • Michael Scrip

      That’s what I was wondering…

      Is this the same Best Buy flyer from last week… misspellings and all?

    • Anonymous

      I think the fine print is meant for the ‘tethering” option only. They advertise the Xoom as a hotspot and you cant use it as a hotspot without 3G/4G active… I do believe it’ll be $799 (hoping less), but I call bogus on the required activation before they let you walk out. On the XDA forums, some user is claiming to be a MOTO tester for the Xoom and basically said they always skip activation and WiFi works fine.

      THe typos go to prove that the ad is still draft or bogus altogether.

  • Dr. Jekyll

    799 good only till i*ad2 releases recommend waiting a month

    • Anonymous

      No thanks, don’t need a big iPod Touch.

      • Anonymous

        he’s saying the xoom price will drop once the ipad 2 comes out

  • Anonymous

    Too much money – it looks awesome (spec wise) but seriously….$800??

  • Patrick

    Have to buy something unnecessary to FULLY enjoy a product? Is that legal?
    It’s like going to Coachella and you’re told you have to buy a listening pass to listen to the music.
    Geez

  • Well I expected the $799 price tag due to the specs, memory size and everything else is leaps and bounds better than the i*ad that is priced @ $749. I would expect it to drop in price to the 599 range in about 4 months.

    • Anonymous

      Yeap that is true but I think if we give it a free weeks or months, the price will fall, maybe even fast.

  • Raptor912

    Passing…too much $$$

  • Anonymous

    And the day just keeps gettting worse…. #thunderbolt #xoom

  • Andrew Hewitt

    Do not want!

    • Anonymous

      I do.

  • Anonymous

    NOT GONNA HAPPEN!