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Motorola Xoom Selling For $599 On Contract

by Emily Price | February 22, 2011February 22, 2011 8:35 am EST

If you’re thinking about picking up a Motorola Xoom on Thursday, Verizon has a bargain for you. Motorola announced last week that the 3G version of tablet would sell of $799, with the Wi-Fi only version available later for $599.

If you’re picking up the 3G version, Verizon is making the deal a little sweeter, now offering the tablet for $599 with a two-year contract. The tablet will also be upgradeable for free later on this year to a 4G LTE version.

The $799 version of the Xoom works similar to the iPad, allowing you to purchase data for the device on a monthly basis. You can start and stop service when you want. So, if you’re traveling one month you can pay for data, but the next month you can opt to pass on data and just use the Wi-Fi connectivity on the tablet to get on the web. You’ll have to purchase at least one month of service before the Wi-Fi connection will be functional

The $599 version of the tablet will be exactly the same tablet, but will require you to commit to Verizon for at least $20/month for two years of service. $20 will score you 1GB of data for the device. If you’re streaming video and the like, then 1GB isn’t going to get you very far, so you’ll probably end up dropping a little more cash.

In case you’ve missed out on the Xoom up till now: The Xoom will be the first Android tablet to hit the market running Honeycomb, a version of the OS developed specifically for tablets. The 10.1-inch tablet won best in Show this year at the Consumer Electronics show in Las Vegas, and has a 1GHz processor, 5-megapixel rear-facing camera, and a 2-megapixel forward-facing camera for video chatting. The tablet will also support Flash, however, yesterday we learned that Flash support will not be coming until spring of this year.

Are any of you getting a Xoom Thursday? Are you going to sign a 2-year contract with Verizon, or opt for the month-to-month plan?

Emily Price

Emily has been obsessed with computers since the early 80s when she discovered she could play Ghostbusters on her father's Commodore 64. She...