Basking Ridge, N.J. - The
long-delayed 4G LTE version of the Motorola's Xoom tablet will be available
Oct. 13 in Verizon Wireless stores, but current owners of the 3G Xoom can get a
free upgrade to 4G beginning today, the carrier announced.
Current Xoom owners will have to
send their tablet to Motorola for the upgrade, which will take about six
business days. Current users don't have to change their data plan.
New purchasers of the 4G Xoom
will pay $499 for the device with two-year data contract for 4G/3G service. The
carrier's 4G network promises average download speeds of 5-12 Mbps and upload
speeds of 2-5 Mbps in 4G LTE coverage areas.
The Xoom features 10.1-inch
widescreen HD display, 32 GB built-in storage, microSD card slot supporting
additional 32 GB, Android 3.2 Honeycomb OS, dual-core 1GHz processor, Adobe
Flash10, 2-megapixel front-facing camera for video chats over cellular and
WiFi, and5-megapixel rear-facing camera with LED flash.
Xoom data plans include $30
monthly access for 2GB, $50 monthly access for 5GB, and $80 monthly access for
10GB monthly allowance.
When Verizon launched the 3G Xoom
in February, its price with two-year contract was $599. The carrier also
offered it at $799 without contract but later reduced that to $699.