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Steep Pricetag Could Push Motorola Xoom Customers to iPad

By CIOinsight  |  Posted 02-08-2011 Print
Motorola's Xoom Android 3.0 tablet will reportedly cost $799 and force users to buy a data plan if they want to access WiFi. The move has potential buyers up in arms.

Consumers are protesting the $799 sticker price Verizon Wireless and Best Buy and have allegedly affixed to the Motorola's Xoom tablet, and industry analysts don't blame them.

Android Central said last month the Xoom, the first computer to be based on Google's Android 3.0 operating system tailored for tablets, would cost $799 from Verizon Wireless, sans contract.

Engadget rekindled the fire Feb. 6 when it received this Best Buy ad, which also hawked the tablet for $799.

Moreover, it is now known that consumers will have to buy a 3G data plan to enable WiFi on the Xoom, another move that could push consumers to Apple's iPad, which offers WiFi-only and WiFi+3G models. The entry level WiFi model costs $499, while the most expensive iPad costs $829 for WiFi+3G.

A Verizon Wireless spokesperson declined to comment on pricing for the carrier's Xoom when asked by eWEEK Feb. 7. Even so, the gadget blog rumors have consumers concerned.


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