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.