When the Motorola Xoom was announced at CES back in January the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 wasn’t even a blip on the radar. Verizon customers, who had been craving a tablet rival to the iPad felt that the Xoom was the ticket. When it released on February 24th at Verizon Wireless, Motorola and Verizon had said that it would be upgraded to 4G/LTE free during the second quarter. Well Q2 has come and gone and there is still no upgrade available.
Today Motorola announced that the Xoom would see it’s 4G/LTE upgrade in September. Verizon Wireless spokeswoman Brenda Raney confirmed that the Xoom upgrade would be free and that the shipping would be free as well .She also reiterated that the Xoom upgrade would not happen in Verizon Wireless stores. The upgrade requires that users ship their Xoom tablet to Motorola. According to Raney the process should take about 6 days.
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Motorola Mobility CEO Sanjay Jha acknowledged problems that Motorola was having with Verizon’s 4G/LTE network. He cited that there was problems in Motorola’s protocol stack which have since been resolved. Android fans everywhere, and tech savvy Verizon Wireless customers are anxiously awaiting the release of Motorola’s 4G/LTE Droid Bionic. The Bionic was announced alongside the HTC Thunderbolt, Samsung Droid Charge and LG Revolution, all of which have been released except the Bionic.
Internet speculation points to a possible August 4th release date for the Droid Bionic, but only time will tell. The good news here is that Verizon Wireless Motorola Xoom owners finally have a clear date on when the upgrade will happen. Consequently Verizon Wireless also lowered the price of the Xoom today to $599 off contract and $499 on a new 2 year agreement.