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Feb
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A leaked ad from Best Buy shows that the Motorola XOOM will be priced at $799.99. It also confirms rumours that the tablet will be available in-store from February 24th.

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The ad seems to be the real deal (complete with the trademarked Best Buy yellow price labels), however we couldn't help but notice a few glaring spelling mistakes. Either the ad is a fake, which is unlikely at this point, or Best Buy needs to fire its current spell-checker.

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In any event, the above confirms that the Honeycomb tablet will only support Verizon's 3G network at launch but will be upgradeable to 4G at a later date. What comes as a bit of a shock is the line below the photo of the device:

"To activative [sic] WiFi functionality on this device, a minimum of 1 month data subscription is required."

This is a rather interesting limitation and we see absolutely no technical reason for it. However, Engadget reports that Best Buy Mobile employees have confirmed the XOOM will not be sold to customers without first being activated on Verizon's network. Android's first real foray into the tablet world could already be facing a few bumps from corporate executives.

Customers who do wish to sign up for a data contract can pay a monthly fee for 3G connectivity:

  • $20 a month for 1GB of data
  • $35 a month for 3GB
  • $50 a month for 5GB
  • $80 a month for 10GB

Since the ad leaked, potential customers of the XOOM have voiced their displeasure over the seemingly exorbitant pricing of the XOOM. In comparison, the cheapest iPad (16GB without 3G) retails for $499, and the most expensive one (64GB with 3G) sells for $829. If the Best Buy ad is accurate, the XOOM will be the same price as Apple's most expensive offering. However, we would like point out that the price of the XOOM has been rumoured to be $799 for quite a few weeks now. Yes it is expensive, but then again, it is also what is essentially a first generation product. Wait a few months and I am confident that the price will come down.

Lastly, be sure to check out the XOOM's dedicated page that just launched on Motorola's website.

Credit: Engadget and Motorola

Abhiroop Basu
Abhiroop Basu is an opinionated tech and digital media blogger. As a doe-eyed twenty-something he started his first blog TechComet to comment on anything tech-related that caught his omniscient eye. Since then he has blogged for Android Police, Make Tech Easier, and This Green Machine. In the real world, Abhiroop Basu is a resident of Singapore and the Editor of The Digit, a subsidiary of The Potato Productions Group.

  • Joe

    This sucks. Might still buy it anyway. Ugh.

  • CoZ

    Not at that price point I'm not going to purchase it.

  • UnZ

    OMG WTF BBQ?!?! That is pure robbery. Especially for those data changes. Why are all these manufacturers and wireless carriers messing it up for Android. Damn greedy bastards.

  • RomeSC

    I'm as pumped as any other Android lover about the Xoom. But I will wait for a high end Honeycomb device that is WiFi only and doesn't cost 1.5x the base iPad.

    Supposedly, the Xoom Wifi will be released in April. If prices come down and that rumor is true, a $500 wifi only Xoom would be pretty slick.

    Then I'll probably still convince myself to wait for the holiday sales XD

    • jason

      i wish i could vote up your comment instead of posting a "me too".

      $500, 10" screen, at least 16GB and i'll buy.

      as nice as they look, these things can't claim any sort of premium over an ipad when apple is probably already considered a premium brand by most people.

      the only way i'm getting one with carrier support is if google gives them out free to i/o attendees.

  • Dan

    The ASUS transformer and sliders are looking more and more attractive if the smartphone makers are determined to keep their margins up

  • K

    Perhaps it meant to say WiFi Hotspot? It certainly sounds a lot more logical that way, but what the hell, why not stir the pot and destroy this product's name based on some speculation (and a poor source at that, look at all the misspellings!) Gizmodo and Engadget have already done so.

    • Amit

      The pot is getting stirred because the cooks haven't stopped anyone from doing it. Either they are enjoying this negative publicity or lack a good PR dude who comes out to quell the cries. Afterall they don't even need to release the actual prices. Just decline that the advert may not have accurate information...
      Lack of commonsense or poor sensationalism

  • Joe

    You know what the worst part of all this is...as easy as it may be for any of us to say, "Product X is a fail, I'll just wait a few months for the release of Product Y", the truth is, by the time Product Y is released, the next version (Product Z) will be rumored/announced, and the cycle will continue. And if we say that every time a product comes out, we'll never buy a damn product! Legitimately we can't continue to use "I'll wait for the next product" as an excuse, because who are you kidding if you're thinking you won't be uttering those same words when the next version comes around?!?!

  • Joe

    I still say there's more than enough time for Moto to seriously reconsider this one, given the ENORMOUS amount of backlash that stirring up on the internet today as this news breaks. I'd actually be shocked if they didn't alter this price to the previously rumored $699 by the supposed 2/24 launch date. An furthermore, I'm still suspicious about the legitimacy of this ad in general; haven't we seen other leaked "ads" in the past, with all those weird misspellings, turn out to be fake almost all of the time? I'm pretty sure that happened with the Galaxy Tab, for example. I'm still calling BS on that ad!

  • Bob

    My tablet needs do not include 3G. There's no way in hell will I pay $800 and a stupid one month of data plan, to purchase this exciting piece of hardware. Puts me back on the waiting list. ARGH.

  • brad

    i believe this is fake. I mean, if you go to the best buy website. They post the current ads that they have.... online.
    I couldnt find this in any of there ads.

    • http://androidpolice.com Abhiroop Basu

      This ad is apparently leaked, so you would not be able to find it on the BB website.

  • johnclevenger

    Don't forget, you also have to pay a $35 activation fee for the first month of data service. So, it's $855 plus taxes (presumably only $820 gets taxed) to take one home. Here in Los Angeles County, that means I'm paying $935 for a Xoom. An entry level iPad runs about $550 with taxes, so the Xoom costs 170% more than a WiFi iPad.

    Even worse, if you cancel your data plan after 1 month and decide later that you'd like to purchase 1 month of service (you're going on vacation or something), you'll need to ante up for _another_ activation fee. That one month of service will now cost you $55 instead of $20.

    • johnclevenger

      I should note that this is exactly what Verizon currently does with the Galaxy Tab.

  • Canadian Droid Fan

    Nope... I'll wait for a Wi-Fi only version, or another brand altogether... there's lots coming and it looks like there will be lots to choose from... LG, Samsung, HTC... the list goes on.

  • Amit

    Move over Apple. We have new snobs in the market. Too bad it can't do a CPR when one needs to recover from the bill :)
    #XoomFail #MotoFail #VerizonFail #Doomsday

  • kevin

    Wow $800 I would wait a few months. When the other tablets hit the market the price will drop big time.

  • http://www.theqstudio.com MQ

    $800 is way too much, and I don't like being forced into an activation. I'm going to wait for a price drop, or go for a different honey comb tablet. Btw, if you get your hands on a tab, you can bypass the activation.

  • http://www.humidorsandmore.com J Kane

    The forced activation is the real issue here, it's a total money grab.

  • jason

    i wonder what the number of activations for the ipad is? i know at least 2 people that bought 3g versions "just in case" they ever wanted to activate it when they're out of town or something. this is, of course, completely useless if you have a nexus one/s with free hotspot.

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