Following an eerie silence regarding the Wi-Fi-only version of the Motorola XOOM after the launch of the Verizon model last week, we heard that it would (at some point) sell for £449.9 in the UK. How quickly things change: it now appears, in a new listing on PC World, that the price has been jacked up to £499.99. Pre-orders are now a go at the UK site, and they promise an availability date of "the first week of April."

Only UK customers can reserve their XOOM now, as we attempted to order from the US, and under the country code option, the only possible entry was "United Kingdom" (no surprise there). However, this news bodes well for those elsewhere who were concerned about a lengthy delay, such as that seen with the still non-existent Wi-Fi-only Galaxy Tab.

MOTOROLA Xoom Internet Tablet - Now available for pre-order at cheap prices - PC World

Our UK friends can hit up the source link to secure their Wi-Fi XOOM, and many of us elsewhere that have been holding out for the carrier-free version of Google's flagship tablet can mark our calendars for April. Will you be picking one up now that it appears that we will have a cheaper option than the $800 Verizon model? Let us know in the comments below.

Source: PC World

Will Shanklin
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  • http://mindmirror007.blogspot.com alchemist007

    You know what you did! You intentionally removed "UK" from the tweet ......

    • Will Shanklin

      lol I wish I were that crafty. Rather, when the post first went live, I left the UK part out of the title, added it a minute later. At that point, the tweet had already been fired. Sorry for any false hopes.

  • Eric

    Not a bad price. So $600 in the US most likely.

  • jason

    as a comparison, the 32GB iPad is £510 from the same site.

  • brad

    Um will I buy the wifi version, um yes.

  • supersteve1

    I have jusy pre ordered one of these, and should get one by the first week in April.
    Carnt wait, I am definately getting the wi-fi version.

  • http://twitter.com/JamesLeGallez Gallez

    Preordering one in the next couple of days - really excited!