Verizon and Motorola have just announced that the 4G LTE upgrade promised to those who purchased the XOOM tablet via the wireless provider will begin tomorrow for all existing owners. The upgrade, which was initially offered to a small group of test users, requires owners to ship their tablets back to Motorola for the installation of an LTE radio and a software re-flash that will enable support for 4G. Instructions for completing the upgrade can be found over at Verizon’s site.
Verizon will begin offering the Motorola XOOM with 4G radio pre-installed to customers beginning October 13th for the price of $499.99.
Motorola XOOM™ 4G LTE Upgrade Available Tomorrow
Upgrade to Add the Speed of the Largest 4G LTE Network in America
Sept. 28, 2011
BASKING RIDGE, N.J. – Sept. 28, 2011 – Verizon Wireless and Motorola Mobility, Inc. (NYSE: MMI), today announced the Motorola XOOM 4G LTE upgrade will be available for existing Motorola XOOM customers beginning tomorrow. The Motorola XOOM 4G LTE will be available in Verizon Wireless Communications Stores and online at www.verizonwireless.com beginning Oct. 13 for $499.99 with a new two-year contract.
Starting tomorrow, Motorola XOOM customers can visit www.verizonwireless.com/Xoom4GLTEupgrade for complete instructions and to begin the 4G LTE upgrade process. Customers who signed up for email alerts will receive an email notification with instructions tomorrow. Customers should expect to get their updated Motorola XOOM with 4G LTE back in approximately six business days. The 4G LTE upgrade is free of charge and customers do not have to change their current data plan when upgrading to 4G LTE. Customers are encouraged to back up any personal information prior to shipping.
Faster speeds and connections enhance the Motorola XOOM experience, allowing customers to download songs in seconds and movies in minutes. Customers should expect average download speeds of 5 to 12 Mbps and upload speeds of 2 to 5 Mbps in 4G LTE mobile broadband coverage areas. When customers travel outside of a 4G LTE coverage area, the Motorola XOOM automatically connects to the Verizon Wireless 3G network, enabling customers to stay connected from coast to coast.
- 10.1-inch widescreen HD display
- 32 GB built-in storage (actual formatted capacity is less), with microSD card slot supporting additional 32 GB
- Android™ 3.2 Honeycomb – supports Google™ Mobile Services including Gmail™, YouTube™, Google Talk™, Google Search™, Google Maps™, Google Movies™, Google Books™ and Android Market™
- Dual-core 1 GHz processor
- Adobe® Flash® 10- enabling the delivery of rich Flash based web content including videos, casual games and applications
- 2-megapixel front-facing camera for video chats over 4G LTE, 3G and WiFi
- 5-megapixel rear-facing camera with LED flash
Motorola XOOM customers will have the option to choose one of the following mobile broadband data plans:
- $30 monthly access for 2GB monthly allowance
- $50 monthly access for 5GB monthly allowance
- $80 monthly access for 10GB monthly allowance
For additional information on Verizon Wireless products and services, visit a Verizon Wireless Communications Store, call 1-800-2 JOIN IN or go to www.verizonwireless.com. Visit www.verizonwireless.com/4GLTE for more information about Verizon Wireless’ 4G LTE network.
Your patience has been rewarded! :-)
Just in time for the Xoom 2. Great.
Ugh.. Now I have to choose between being without my Xoom for a week or getting 4G. I have insurance on it… wonder what model they would replace it with if mine were to get damaged.
Hell will freeze over before my little podunk town gets LTE coverage… plus I didn’t get my Xoom from Verizon, so I’m not on the ‘early list’.
When they start taking wifi Xooms from the wild, I plan to hold off for a bit and see how it goes for the early adopters.
Verizon isn’t a requirement. I didn’t get mine from verizion either. Right now they are giving away free docks too.
moto RMA: https://globalrepairtools.motorola.com/serviceandrepair/lte
It’s about damn time!
It turned out to be a lot harder than they expected it to be to prepare their depots to handle the dozens of Xoom tablets in the wild.
lets hope that their “during September” 3.2 update for the EU will not be delayed for “a few weeks” by that
wow 6 months later
Some pretty amazing changes coming with all these new tablets.
I’m wanna send my Xoom (wifi) in and see if it magically comes back with 4G! Wouldn’t that be something! (too bad I love in Australia)
At last! This is what I have been waiting for! Ton of smoother than my old one am going to send my tablet and test for the upgrade. I hope its toolbar icons would not crash someday. Just like my old one, some of the icons crash and I hate it!
Good news though. Website says were getting a free dockingstation while supplies last
After all, something good changes. I’ll send my Motorola and look for big changes. I am also looking for a change in toolbar icons.
Good news for those Motorola and Verizon user, they can now send and upgrade their iPhones and Android. I think this is now the awaited start for iPhones Development for having a good competitor.
That’s nice! Now I need to back up all my personal data and icons for windows and send this to them for its upgrading tomorrow, I just receive my notification on my email and I can start upgrading tomorrow. Thanks you so much!