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Last Updated: February 23rd, 2011

Wirefly just opened pre-orders for the highly anticipated Motorola XOOM, the world's first Honeycomb tablet, and like Best Buy, they'll be selling the device for $799.99 on a mandatory one-month contract that will cost a minimum of $20 (oh, and what's up with the "Switch My Existing Wireless Number to my new MOTOROLA XOOM" option?).

In related news, Wirefly lists a February 24th shipping date, though they note that this is "subject to change." Additionally, if you pre-order an unreleased phone along with your XOOM, your whole order will be held until both items are ready to ship (as opposed to something like Amazon's model, where your orders are shipped separately).

There is one redeeming factor compared to Best Buy's offering - the lack of a tax, which is something you won't see at the usual Verizon or Best Buy retail channels. It may sound trivial, but it could actually save you enough for quite a few coffees.

So, who is picking up a XOOM?

Update 2/23/11: Subsidized $599 pricing just showed for 2-year contracts.

Source: Wirefly

Jaroslav Stekl
Jaroslav Stekl is a tech enthusiast whose favorite gadgets almost always happen to be the latest Android devices. When he's not writing for Android Police, he's probably hiking, camping, or canoeing. He is also an aspiring coffee aficionado and an avid moviegoer.

  • Bruce

    Only commitment is 1 month - I got one

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/author/jaroslav-stekl/ Jaroslav Stekl

      Whoops, I was in a rush... sorry about that; updated the post.

  • Edge

    This is just like the Best Buy policy basically. It month to month in the sidebar, by the way. You need 1 month worth of data to activate wifi. I don't see an issue with this other than the fact that the xoom 3g is prohibitively expensive regardless of where you buy it from.

    • http://www.AndroidPolice.com Artem Russakovskii

      Sorry guys, I just fixed this post up to what it should have been from the beginning.

    • Henry

      The 3G versions of the iPad are in the same price range... considering that this is going to be the premier 4G tablet and it is significantly more advanced than my iPad... It looks like a pretty good deal to me.

  • http://mindmirror007.blogspot.com/p/home.html alchemist007

    Why are we creating so much confusion around Xoom? Why can't we just wait a little longer for officially release? Keep the pants on, only few more days guys...... you are supposed to be advocates of Android, stop click competition!

  • tommyxx516

    Clarification. 3G activation is required but you can cancel it immediately. You will only be charged by the amount of data you've used.

  • Henry

    This is old news... the price of the Xoom has been known now for nearly a month. And why would you be buying the 3G/4G model if you have a problem paying a $20 data plan fee??? Just wait for the wifi model...

    More importantly, there is no contract... The data plan is month-to-month, so you don't even have to be a monthly subscriber to it.

    I will definitely be buying it on day one!!! It's the best looking tablet product I've seen to date.

  • LatinoComedian

    Day 1 that's the day for me! 3G, I don't care about the price. the competition is about the same price in my eyes.

  • TNP

    So, tablet is artificially made $100 more expensive so they can give you a discount, plus they tie you into a 6 month binding contract, break it and get slapped with a $300 bill.

    Why the $300 penalty? So Wirefly can justify the artificially inflated $100 extra and counter the Verizon "subsidy", which doesn't exist either.

    Nice scam Wirefly!

  • sean

    It shows tax for me

  • onthefence

    The Samsung Tab 7" hit the market at one price and then dropped $100 after the initial launch. I'm thinking about waiting for the Samsung 10.1" (also on Honeycomb) to hit the market before buying the Xoom to see if the price drops.

  • http://www.prekshabansal.com Rajesh

    waiting for responses so i can buy it

  • ashura

    I would worry about Wirefly's own 6-month ETF that's placed on top of carrier ETFs and might apply if you cancel Verizon service on the Xoom. Had placed a preorder that I cancelled after seeing this:
    http://twitter.com/Wirefly/status/39349561998848000
    I'll probably just end up buying it from a Verizon store or Best Buy instead.