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Motorola XOOM will be Available for $599 on Contract at Verizon?

We’re hearing whispers that Verizon might have just OK’d a subsidized price on the Motorola XOOM for those not interested in purchasing it outright at $799.  How does a $599 price point sound with a 2-year contract?   We asked what you guys thought on Twitter just a few minutes ago and are seeing lovers and haters of the idea, so feel free to weigh in here.

No idea how they would structure this with a data plan, but the idea is at least a little intriguing.  And no, I haven’t heard anything about a wifi-only version.

Oh, and on a semi-related note, we’ve got word that the Galaxy Tab is about to drop to $299.

We’ll continue to update this as we have more…

Cheers Spaniard!

  • Anonymous

    I think with tablets for 2011 reaching the 90 plus mark for units to be released, all we really have to do is play the patience game and we’ll be rewarded with a greater choice. Yea, my arse. I’m buying the Xoom no matter what they ask for it, but I’m damn sure not giving Verizon any more of my money than I have to. I know, though, that it will be a matter of months if not weeks, until I get another tablet. We’ll be filling Craigslist up with tablets by the end of summer just to get the “next best thing”. It’s what we do. We’re geeks. Trouble is, the manufacturers know this. This tablet war is not about the casual consumer. It’s about the Bigger, Better, Faster, More culture. A culture to which, admittedly and proudly, I am a card-holding member. Big boys should remember though, geeks or not, there are limits to the amount of corporate bullSh1t we’ll deal with and in the end, they’ll go away before our hunger for the next best thing does.

    • @dmv11982

      You hit the nail on the head with this one!

  • Anonymous

    The 200 difference doesn’t warrant enough savings to go that route

  • Afportare

    If you plan on paying for data every month every month… why wouldn’t you?

  • Anonymous

    Still do not like the idea. I have wifi hotspot on the Droid x already. I only care about the wifi version, that’s it.

  • Djenks24

    If it had a phone in it so I could use my bluetooth and speakerphone it would be mine, I guess I’m gonna have to think about it.

  • http://twitter.com/TuxDotKing Avichi Suite

    I think the people who read this site and were already gonna buy it are gonna buy it, a few people on the fence might finally make a decision, and the Moto haters will keep on hating.

    Seriously, I love Linux, but Android could’ve gone without inheriting Linux’s ‘attracts people with as much hypocritical brand loyalty/anti-loyalty as the people they claim to hate so much’ gene. It makes Android (as it did Linux) seem like a more toxic, petty community than is, and a lot moreso than Apple fanboys (who tend to flame with others, not between themselves).

  • EvilMonkey

    I played with the Galaxy tab the other day for the first time… I dont think I would buy that thing if it was $50. Its almost as useless as the iphad

    • Anonymous

      I have enjoyed my Galaxy Tab, but my son is getting it after I get my Xoom.

  • Anonymous

    I plan on getting the Xoom at Best Buy and taking advantage of their Buy Back program, that way I can bring it back in a few months if I want something else and at least get $400 for it towards the purchase of a newer and better device, which is probably what it would be worth in 6 months anyway.
    I don’t plan on signing a contract on it, though – I think I will do the same thing I did with my Galaxy Tab. I purchased it on a month to month plan which made me eligible for an “alternate upgrade” which is what I’m going to use to get my Thunderbolt at one year pricing, so after paying the $330 plus the $240 for one year of data on the Galaxy Tab, I will of only paid $570 for my TBolt and will have gotten a year of data out of it too, instead of paying $749 for the phone alone. I will probably end up doing the same with the Xoom, that way in a few months when the Bionic comes out I can use my alternate upgrade from my Xoom and try that out.
    I am a tech junkie, for sure – maybe I need a support group…

  • Anonymous

    I plan on getting the Xoom at Best Buy and taking advantage of their Buy Back program, that way I can bring it back in a few months if I want something else and at least get $400 for it towards the purchase of a newer and better device, which is probably what it would be worth in 6 months anyway.
    I don’t plan on signing a contract on it, though – I think I will do the same thing I did with my Galaxy Tab. I purchased it on a month to month plan which made me eligible for an “alternate upgrade” which is what I’m going to use to get my Thunderbolt at one year pricing, so after paying the $330 plus the $240 for one year of data on the Galaxy Tab, I will of only paid $570 for my TBolt and will have gotten a year of data out of it too, instead of paying $749 for the phone alone. I will probably end up doing the same with the Xoom, that way in a few months when the Bionic comes out I can use my alternate upgrade from my Xoom and try that out.
    I am a tech junkie, for sure – maybe I need a support group…

    • Kjplaysguitar

      Be prepared to pay $60 for their buyback program… Their managing the xooms in the PC section and only best buy mobile was extended to the 26th :-( Per Manager at Best buy Ann Arbor.

      • Anonymous

        That’s not what the Best Buy here told me. They said the Buy Back program was open to tablets and the promotion will run until the 26th for everything eligible.

        • Keithcarter1981

          yeah my Best Buy told me they are extending the free buy back till the end of the month and it will include the xoom..

      • Anonymous

        That’s not what the Best Buy here told me. They said the Buy Back program was open to tablets and the promotion will run until the 26th for everything eligible.

      • Anonymous

        Nevermind, you’re right – I just called another Best Buy and they said that you can purchase the Buy Back program for the Xoom, but it’s only free on mobile devices through the 26th….poo, I’m sad now :-(

      • Anonymous

        Nevermind, you’re right – I just called another Best Buy and they said that you can purchase the Buy Back program for the Xoom, but it’s only free on mobile devices through the 26th….poo, I’m sad now :-(

      • Anonymous

        Nevermind, you’re right – I just called another Best Buy and they said that you can purchase the Buy Back program for the Xoom, but it’s only free on mobile devices through the 26th….poo, I’m sad now :-(

      • Anonymous

        Nevermind, you’re right – I just called another Best Buy and they said that you can purchase the Buy Back program for the Xoom, but it’s only free on mobile devices through the 26th….poo, I’m sad now :-(

      • Anonymous

        Nevermind, you’re right – I just called another Best Buy and they said that you can purchase the Buy Back program for the Xoom, but it’s only free on mobile devices through the 26th….poo, I’m sad now :-(

        • http://www.droid-life.com Tim-o-tato

          We’re all saddened by this lol

        • Anonymous

          I wish I wasnt, that was my gameplan too.

        • Anonymous

          Does that $60 cover 1 item or multiple? I was going to buy one for me and my wife, so if $60 covers both then its worth the buy back program.

      • Anonymous

        Nevermind, you’re right – I just called another Best Buy and they said that you can purchase the Buy Back program for the Xoom, but it’s only free on mobile devices through the 26th….poo, I’m sad now :-(

      • Anonymous

        Nevermind, you’re right – I just called another Best Buy and they said that you can purchase the Buy Back program for the Xoom, but it’s only free on mobile devices through the 26th….poo, I’m sad now :-(

      • Anonymous

        Nevermind, you’re right – I just called another Best Buy and they said that you can purchase the Buy Back program for the Xoom, but it’s only free on mobile devices through the 26th….poo, I’m sad now :-(

      • Anonymous

        Nevermind, you’re right – I just called another Best Buy and they said that you can purchase the Buy Back program for the Xoom, but it’s only free on mobile devices through the 26th….poo, I’m sad now :-(

      • Anonymous

        Nevermind, you’re right – I just called another Best Buy and they said that you can purchase the Buy Back program for the Xoom, but it’s only free on mobile devices through the 26th….poo, I’m sad now :-(

    • Parrotheadmjb

      Will the Buy Back program be free on the Xoom launch date? If so I’m definitely getting it at Best Buy, hell I’ll even pre-order on the 20th…. As for a Verizon Contract, I would do one year at that price. If they wanted me to sign a two contract they would need to offer the Xoom at $149 hahha but seriously..

      • Parrotheadmjb

        If its not free for the launch I’ll pre-order from Wirefly, hell they have a limited time no activation fee, and I don’t have to pay sales tax..

        • Parrotheadmjb

          I take that back, I read that wrong.. no activation fee is for sprint on their site. However, I still don’t have to pay sales tax..

      • Anonymous

        The tablet is supposed to launch on the 24th and the Buy Back program promotion goes until the 26th, so yes, if you buy it on the day it’s released, or the day after, you can get into the Buy Back program for free. I also want to get it from Best Buy so I can get their protection plan with it – no way I’m spending that much and then accidentally dropping it a week later and every penny is down the drain. Insurance has saved my butt many times!

      • Anonymous

        It’s suppose to be free until the 26th

    • Viper76269

      i think i like you lol tech junkie girls are dreamy.

      but yea i probably won’t end up getting a xoom, or any tablet for that matter until A. the prices drop, and B. i have my macbook pro that i want so badly

    • Anonymous

      If Best Buy drops the price point to 330 than hell yea.

  • firemanprice

    I’d do it for a 1 year contract, not 2.

  • firemanprice

    I’d do it for a 1 year contract, not 2.

  • Anonymous

    Not interested in any contracts.

  • FortitudineVincimus

    “How does a $599 price point sound with a 2-year contract?”

    pass… plus with the 2 core processors announcements last week, it’s will be out of date in 6-6 months

  • Marcusrussell547

    well well sorry to bust any of u apple fan lovers and not truith speaker the ipad is only good for watching videos on youtube or an app there is no flash support for any other site so thats strike one, strike two is u can’t remove your memory so your stuck with i tunes to sync your i pad. strike three is if you don’t have an apple store in your area like most areas that don’t have a major city around em your stuck with mailing your i pad off just to get it checked out if something goes wrong

    • Jdub

      Who’s talking about the iPad??? You fandroids are soooooo preoccupied with Apple that you just can’t help yourself can you??? Lol! Priceless….

  • Anonymous

    A 2 year plan is only useful for business minded people who travel and would use it for work (especially if work pays the data charges!). Smart of them to subsidize.

    A negative is that you’re stuck with a tablet that might possibly reach obsolescence before that contract ends.

    I’m still a WiFi only man.

  • http://twitter.com/JBod Justin

    Why the F would I get ANOTHER verizon overpriced contract? I already have one. No thanks.

  • Anonymous

    I really don’t see the point of having a second 3G/4G device if you already have a smartphone that you keep with you all the time.

    • Anonymous

      Because some people actually talk on their phones and don’t feel like killing the battery by tethering.

  • Anonymous

    I’d rather buy the Wifi and unsub. why be locked into anything??

  • Worm4603

    I am getting the Toshiba Tablet when it comes out

    • Anonymous

      Why?

  • Micky

    this should be the price of this thing to begin with without any contracts and i dont care what features this thing has knowing how fast all these new devices are coming out motrola is just probably gonna update one or twice and they’ll say screw u buy a new one if you want the latest software for you device even though hardware are totally capable of running the latest software updates cause google clearly states every time they realease a new update there is no hardware requirements it shouldnt be like this but sadly it is , they should do what apple does keep updating the software till the hardware reaches it limit and and take out the features that cant be supported by the hardware. that would make me happy knowing that i just spent $700 or $800 and i can still get the latest software

  • http://twitter.com/mfg68 MFG

    I think I’ll stick with the $800 model with the month-to-month data plan. That’s what Verizon does, right? You can choose which month to use data?

    • Anonymous

      yes but you will be charged for a reactivation fee if you start november, stop december and then reactivate in january or feburary.

      • http://twitter.com/mfg68 MFG

        Well that’s gay.

        • Anonymous

          what’s gay is using a homophobic comment to make a negative remark.

          • http://twitter.com/mfg68 MFG

            Clam down Clam down.

          • Anonymous

            Your intellectual vitality astounds me. Thanks

          • http://twitter.com/mfg68 MFG

            Someone needs to clam down. CLAM down.

            Homophobic would mean I’m scared of gay people. That’s just absurd.

          • Anonymous

            Thank you for saying that. I can’t stand when people use homophobic so loosley. Obviously they don’t know what the word really means.

            On top of that, I use the word gay all the time. Its a common phrase and almost has nothing to do with homosexuality in most contexts. I neither hate or love “homosexuals” they are just people. I dislike, and get along with, all people.

      • Anonymous

        Best Buy is going to have a hell of a time enforcing that, because Verizon’s policy is that you pay the activation once.

  • Mth2134

    Exactly as I said before. Look at the galaxy tab now. I know people are salty with an almost cut in half price tag. U think the xoom is any different?? It’s not. It’s the tip of the iceberg and the following tabs after the xoom will drive the price down. I’ll wait.

  • Anonymous

    Make it 7″ and able to make phone calls (swap it for my Droid), and we’ll talk. I’ll bring cash.

    • Anonymous

      how will 7 inches fit in your pocket.?

      • DroidX

        The same why I keep my other 7″ “device” in my pants. It may be a tight fit, but as long as you take the time to ensure it is stowed safely before sitting down there re little problems.

      • Anonymous

        Having used the iPad and the Archos 70, I greatly prefer the 7″ form factor. Slap on an HDMI and I can have all the size I need in a pinch.

  • Pcguru30

    I already have s smartphone that I can WiFi tether so to me rather than paying for 2 seperate data plans it makes more sense to just buy the WiFi only one when it comes out at the same price and tether it to my droid

  • http://twitter.com/rusty_richards Rusty Richards

    Looking back, its sad I paid $599 for the tab.

  • Anonymous

    I’m more interested in the galaxy tab at $299 unsubsidized than I am in the 3g xoom with a 2 year contract.

  • Eric

    total rip! but the $299 Galaxy Tab is sounding sweeter by the minute.

    • Droidx

      Kellex,

      Any word on how quick the Galaxy Tab may drop in price? Week, Weeks, Months? At 299 I would buy one and wait or Christmas sales for the Xoom.

  • http://twitter.com/Smooth918 Smooth

    I would get two at that price…

  • Supadaddyme

    If its 15 a month maybe if its 30 a month no way…

  • http://twitter.com/TriadX1 B. Sando

    Well, let’s do the math.

    Subsidized: $599.00 + (Min $20/month x 24 months=$480) + $35 activation
    Total = $1114.99 (Not including tax)

    Unsubsidized = $799 + (Min $20 x 1 month) + 35 Activation
    Total = $854

    If you were going to be getting the data plan for the 2 years anyhow, then you are saving $200. If not then you are spending an extra $260

    • Anonymous

      Personally I it would be better this way.

      Buy a Motorola Xoom WiFi model at $600

      Pay $20 per month for Hotspot
      Or
      Root your smartphone for free Hotspot

      This way you’ll save $200 on the tablet and while you would still be paying $20 per month to have ‘3G’ on your tablet, its not restricted to just that.

      • palomosan

        +1, that’s what I’m doing unless Verizon allows me to get a one year contract for that price.

      • http://twitter.com/TheSyberGroup TheSyberGroup

        If I but one it will be the WiFi model and use my unlocked iPhone.

    • Anonymous

      great break down, thank you

    • Anonymous

      Great way to look a both sides, you sound like a reasonable person i wish there were more people in the world like you.

  • http://twitter.com/MBDOWNS Beamish

    nVidia has already told us the hardware will be obsolete in AUGUST. Why would you lock in to a 2 year contract?

  • http://twitter.com/MBDOWNS Beamish

    nVidia has already told us the hardware will be obsolete in AUGUST. Why would you lock in to a 2 year contract?

    • Anonymous

      That only makes a difference if you plan on spending 600 dollars every six months just to have the latest and greatest.

    • palomosan

      That equals to 1 year, next CES announcement and a mid year release.

  • Anonymous

    unless it’s 500 I can’t get it

  • Anonymous

    unless it’s 500 I can’t get it

  • Xzbomiex66

    If its month to month, im game for it.

  • Xzbomiex66

    If its month to month, im game for it.

    • Anonymous

      lol this is verizon

    • Anonymous

      lol this is verizon

  • http://www.brandongoodman.com/ Brandon Goodman

    I can’t imagine anyone would want to sign a contract on a tablet

  • http://www.brandongoodman.com/ Brandon Goodman

    I can’t imagine anyone would want to sign a contract on a tablet

  • http://www.searingarrow.com AlienSix

    Wifi only for 499 please. Just let me have the tablet and not be in bed with the carriers

  • http://www.searingarrow.com AlienSix

    Wifi only for 499 please. Just let me have the tablet and not be in bed with the carriers

  • toonz

    wifi only for $500 please

  • toonz

    wifi only for $500 please

  • http://twitter.com/OreWaZero Christopher Zoellner

    The more they restrict the XOOM the more the iPad starts looking tempting.

  • http://twitter.com/OreWaZero Christopher Zoellner

    The more they restrict the XOOM the more the iPad starts looking tempting.

    • http://twitter.com/OmegasPrime James

      I’d have to agree

    • Anonymous

      Maybe another tablet, but I can’t see going to an iPad when things like the Flyer, Galaxy Tab II, and even the Streak 7 if XDA get their way with it.

      Unless iPad 2 really changes the iOS UI in a big, big way, Apple just lost the tablet wars (when it comes to best product; marketshare is another thing entirely).

      • Anonymous

        They are already losing market share quickly. Q4 took android tablets to 25% market share from i think 2% the previous quarter.

        • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=54904597 Patron Saint Merritt

          i for some reason doubt that any other tablet sold over 3 million tablets last year which would equal 25% of the 15million apple sold. esp with the galaxy tab only coming out in october or whenever it was released.

          • Anonymous

            Wouldn’t 25% be 3.75M units? Either way, the iPad doesn’t have anything to worry about yet as long as they can stay relatively close to the same functionality of the Android, Blackberry, and HP offerings. People love their iThings and it’ll take more than better specs to change that. Don’t get me wrong, Android is doing a great job at stealing mindshare, but there is much more to do before Apple has to really worry.

          • Anonymous

            Well you’re right it wasn’t 25. It was nearly 23% though. http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748703439504576116170453163838.html

            If you still don’t believe, I guess you trust in opinions more than facts.

          • Anonymous

            I was just trying to be clear what the number was, it didn’t add up. No need for the attitude.

          • Anonymous

            Was at the bar after a few beers. It was directed mostly at the guy above you.

    • Anonymous

      My wife has an iPad and its great for surfing, watching movies, netflix, and some games. Doesn’t seem like the xoom is as good for those except for surfing.

      • DroidzFX

        Hows that? Does the screen shrink when watching netflix or movies?

        • Anonymous

          Yeh, I don’t see the iPad running flash and as far as performance and features, XOOM is definitely the superior tablet.

        • Anonymous

          I know what you’re saying but there’s no netflix for android devices yet. Just in the near future for qualcom chips, later on for the rest of us. Price aside, hands down the xoom would be the better device. Even if it is made by a shit*y company. I guess that’s apples to apples….

          • DroidzFX

            Well I have access to netflix and hulu from my Droid X. PlayOn has been released and it works. Been using for a months streaming Hulu to TV. May have cost $60 lifetime but it does offer alot more content than just having the Netflix app.

        • DroidX

          because the zoom won’t have netflix certification at launch.

    • Anonymous

      The more they restrict everything the better everybody else looks, IPad or not. Totally agree with that. Verizon is starting to look like the Dells, Gateways and MS’s of yesteryear, all of whom learned that they need to tone down their proprietary and controlling structures. Not that there is anything out there that is actually worth the asking price, but sometimes you just go buy a product on principal. I’d spend more to get something I like just to make sure the money didn’t go to a service provider that I didn’t feel was user centric.

      • Anonymous

        Well Verizon doesn’t require you to get a data plan on it or sign a contract on the device its up to you, the consumer, btw Verizon is the only one that doesn’t offer contracts on tablets currently(only month to month)

    • Mobrienjr85

      and the iPad isnt restricted…..come on now

  • JRummy16

    I would rather spend $1,000 for wifi only than be stuck on a contract.

  • JRummy16

    I would rather spend $1,000 for wifi only than be stuck on a contract.

    • http://www.droid-life.com Tim-o-tato

      Agreed!

    • http://www.droid-life.com Tim-o-tato

      Agreed!

    • Anonymous

      I agree. Plus, you think phone tech moves fast? First *official* round of Android tablets, they will be dinosaur status in 8 months.

      • Anonymous

        good point. these things don’t have the ability to have their stock honeycomb upgraded and that 720p capture and 1080p playback isn’t going to be around by then.

        • http://www.facebook.com/people/Steve-Hoffman/100000607916622 Steve Hoffman

          Why do you say the Xoom won’t be able to be upgraded? I would think a Xoom owner could download Honeycomb 3.1 or whatever, just the way Motorola Droid users downloaded Android 2.1, then 2.2 …. But I’m not an expert, so I’m asking the question sincerely.

          • Anonymous

            To both of you, he was defending the zoom with sarcasm. He missed my point entirely. Of course it will have those features but there will be much better devices out, making the xoom look archaic. For the same price or cheaper even.

          • Anonymous

            I must have been tire or the sarcasm just wasn’t pickled enough. Oh well. :)

          • http://www.getintonursing.com/ Jon

            Well I’ll tell you what… The new dual core phones make my original Droid look archaic, but not so much my Droid X. I don’t think that the Xoom with all it’s grandeur will be made to look archaic so fast. Lets face it, even though the Xoom has way better specs, it’s not like it makes the iPad look archaic. A good device can still hold it’s own for a year or so.

            It is fantastic how quickly this field is innovating though. The doors have been blown wide open on mobile computing as a primary computing platform here in the US. This has been the case for a long time in other countries, but we are just starting to get a glimpse of it here in the US.

          • Anonymous

            Good point. The mobile computing as a primary source in other countries has been more due to the fact that they NEED mobile computing to get things done. It’s more economical. Our infrastructure in the USA is much different. That’s not to say we aren’t moving toward more need to mobile devices.

          • Anonymous

            Can’t remember all the technology purchases I made thinking they’d be upgradable and it never happened.. included the first networked DVD set top that was supposed to stream media from my PC (Gateway), Sony laptop, Pandigital Kitchen Technology Center (was supposed to include future cookbooks, easy network import of photos etc), Apple 2GS computer, Palm PDA… etc etc…..

        • Anonymous

          I missed this. Is that confirmed or just general thoughts at this point. That would certainly affect a buying decision but I just can’t wrap my head around an open source structure not being able to have an update installed. I mean, whether user deployed or “officially”, I would think any solution could be updated/graded. I have 2.1 running on a color nook and you would think it came like that.

      • Anonymous

        OR LESS!!!!

      • Anonymous

        It’s probably more like 3-4 months.

        • http://www.getintonursing.com/ Jon

          Yep, down %50 in just a few months. I purchased a Droid X on craigslist in like new condition for only $250. It’s not even a year old so still is covered under the 1 year manufacturer warranty, confirmed on Motorola website when I registered the device.

          I’m going to continue buying devices like this used and off contract 6 months or so after release. This brings expensive devices down to reasonable cost for me. I can then attain my desired once a year upgrade rather than once every two years and do it all off contract.

          When the time comes I will still be able to sell my Droid X easily for $200 or so which will go towards my next purchase. Huge savings this way and no one has you by the balls for two years.

      • Anonymous

        How many months was it before the galaxy tab price dropped?

        • Dshudson

          the galaxy is a piece of trash who cares

          • Anonymous

            Its about the period time for the price drop, I could care less about the
            galaxy tab.

        • Jimboner

          Probably since Samsung has a Galaxy S II coming out soon.

        • Jimboner

          Probably since Samsung has a Galaxy S II coming out soon.

    • Rocketdaddy

      Ditto.

    • http://twitter.com/jarofclay Montucky Phantom

      Don’t encourage them. They’ll price it that way. I’d sooner wait until it’s $500 w/o contract.

      One thing Apple does well is they have different space options. I’d love to see this for the XOOM, a 16GB, 32GB, or 64GB.

      • Gee

        Really??? They have to offer that due to the fact that the memory is built in and un-upgradeable.

  • Noble Four

    Well I plan to get the Bolt…so if I got a Xoom I couldn’t care less about having data on it since I will just tether. So…guess this doesn’t really help. Looks like I’ll be waiting for WiFi.

  • Noble Four

    Well I plan to get the Bolt…so if I got a Xoom I couldn’t care less about having data on it since I will just tether. So…guess this doesn’t really help. Looks like I’ll be waiting for WiFi.

  • Anonymous

    I expected this. Though I though it’d be $499. Meh, I’m getting a WiFi model or Galaxy Tab 10.1 anyway.

  • Anonymous

    I expected this. Though I though it’d be $499. Meh, I’m getting a WiFi model or Galaxy Tab 10.1 anyway.

    • Worm4603

      me too.

    • Worm4603

      me too.