The Motorola Xoom Honeycomb tablet is shipping out today, and while TabletPCReview tests out a review unit, details concerning the 4G upgrade have surfaced.
While Verizon won’t confirm the date the LTE 4G upgrade will be available, a leaked Verizon document attained by Droid-Life claims the process will begin “approximately 90 days after launch,” which will be in late May.
Xoom owners will have to ship the Honeycomb tablet via FedEx, free of charge, to Motorola for the necessary tweaks. Verizon claims the entire process will take approximately six business days from the time the Xoom is shipped.
According to a Verizon FAQ, users will not have to change data plans once on the LTE network, and they can expect 5-12 megabytes per second downlink and 2-5 megabytes per second uplink. Verizon data plans range from $20 a month for 1GB to $80 a month for 10GB.
While Verizon stresses that all personal data on the Xoom should remain intact through the upgrade process, the company strongly recommends users transfer all content in the event the device is lost or damaged. Verizon provides detailed directions on the Verizon site for both Windows and Mac users.
No Wi-Fi Fee?
Xoom ads leading up to launch featured fine print suggesting that users would have to pay for at least one month of data from Verizon before the Xoom’s Wi-Fi functionality became available, even for users buying the $800 unsubsidized unit.
Verizon has seemingly backed off from that policy, as the fine print no longer appears on the Verizon Xoom product page.
However, it appears Verizon still requires a month-to-month plan selection when purchasing an unsubsidized Xoom online.
In addition to Best Buy stores, the Xoom is now available for order directly from Verizon, for either $800 unsubsidized, or $600 with a two-year contract.
The Wi-Fi Xoom is not yet available, and neither Verizon nor Motorola has commented on when it will hit store shelves.
TabletPCReview has a Motorola Xoom in house. Check back for an unboxing video and a full review of the Honeycomb tablet next week.