Motorola Xoom owners will finally be able to upgrade their tablets to 4G speeds starting today, according to a Verizon Wireless announcement from yesterday.
When the Xoom was originally released back in February, the tablets were not equipped with 4G LTE radios, an oddity considering Verizon had recently launched its 4G network. Motorola promised a free, optional upgrade to the high-speed network to customers who mailed in their Xooms. The manufacturer initially suggested the upgrade would occur within 90 days of the Xoom’s debut, yet it appears the update took a little longer than expected.
Owners of the device who are interested in an upgrade can visit Verizon’s web site for instructions on how to begin the process. Those who mailed in their Xooms should probably start getting them back in 6 business days, according to the carrier. Users are encouraged to back up any data before shipping, though upgrading to 4G won’t affect existing data plans.
For new customers interested in a high-speed tablet, the Motorola Xoom will come pre-installed with 4G capabilities starting Oct. 13 for $499.99 with a two-year contract from Verizon. Some specs include a 10.1-inch screen, a 1GHz dual-core processor, an Android 3.2 Honeycomb platform and dual cameras.