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Motorola Xoom Wi-Fi Not Locked If Bought From Verizon

by Emily Price | February 23, 2011

According to Verizon, if you buy the Motorola Xoom from them tomorrow, the Wi-Fi in the device will work regardless of whether or not you purchase a data plan for the tablet.

Best Buy’s ad for the Xoom indicates the Wi-Fi on the tablet is locked until you purchase at least one month of data service, a sore point for many would-be Xoom owners. What that means is no matter what, you’re going to have to sign up for a data plan before you can use your tablet to surf the web.

Unlike Best Buy, Big Red will not be requiring buyers to pay for a month of service on tablets that are purchased in-store in order to use the Wi-Fi.  According to Verizon representative Albert Aydin,

“If a customer purchases the Xoom off-contract then it does not require an activation or a month to month plan”

Verizon is offering the Xoom for $799 tomorrow(2/24)  off-contract, and $599 with a new two-year agreement with the carrier.

Check out Best Buy’s page on the device below (tiny star at the bottom shows the Wi-Fi lock).



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


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