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Verizon Wireless to launch Motorola XOOM on February 24th; $599.99 on contract

Verizon Wireless on Tuesday confirmed its plans to launch Motorola’s highly anticipated Honeycomb tablet on Thursday, February 24th. The carrier also confirmed pricing for the device, which will cost $599.99 with a two-year service contract or $799.99 without a contract. 3G data service will start at $20 per month for 1GB of data. Verizon notes that the XOOM will be upgradeable to 4G LTE in the second quarter of this year for free, but it does not provide any pricing information for its upcoming 4G data service. The Motorola XOOM features a 10.1-inch touchscreen display, a dual-core 1GHz processor, a 5-megapixel rear camera with HD video capture support and a front-facing 2-megapixel camera for video chat. BGR went hands-on with the XOOM tablet at CES and at MWC, and we were impressed on both occasions. Hit the break for Verizon Wireless’ full press release.

MOTOROLA XOOM TABLET TO BE AVAILABLE ON THE VERIZON WIRELESS NETWORK ON FEB. 24

“Best of Show” Winner at 2011 Consumer Electronics Show Delivers the World’s First True Tablet Experience, With Upgrade to 4G LTE in Q2

BASKING RIDGE, N.J., and LIBERTYVILLE, Ill. – Verizon Wireless and Motorola Mobility, Inc. (NYSE: MMI), today announced the Feb. 24, 2011 availability of the innovative new Motorola XOOM tablet, which won the coveted CNET Best of Show award at the 2011 Consumer Electronics Show for being “the most potentially disruptive technology.”  The first device to run Google’s new Android 3.0 Honeycomb operating system, the Motorola XOOM will be available for purchase from Verizon Wireless for $599.99 with a new two-year customer agreement or $799.99 without a contract.  Wireless 3G data service for the Motorola XOOM will begin at $20 monthly access for 1GB.  The Motorola XOOM will be upgradeable to 4G LTE service at no additional charge in the second quarter of 2011.

A powerhouse in both software and hardware, the Motorola XOOM is built around a 1GHz dual-core processor and 10.1-inch widescreen HD display.  The sleek, stylish design features a front-facing 2-megapixel camera for video chats, as well as a rear-facing 5-megapixel camera that captures video in 720p HD.

The Motorola XOOM showcases the innovations of the Honeycomb user experience that improves on Android favorites such as widgets, multi-tasking, browsing, notifications and customization, as well as featuring the latest Google Mobile services.  The Motorola XOOM also features full support for tabbed browsing and support for the Adobe® Flash® Player, available soon as a free download, to enjoy all the video and other rich content available on the Web.  For additional information about upgrading their XOOM to 4G LTE, customers can visit http://www.verizonwireless.com/Xoom4GLTEUpgrade starting Thursday, Feb. 24.

Zach Epstein

Zach Epstein has been the Executive Editor at BGR for more than 10 years. He manages BGR’s editorial team and ensures that best practices are adhered to. He also oversees the Ecommerce team and directs the daily flow of all content.

Zach first joined BGR in 2007 as a Staff Writer covering business, technology, and entertainment. His work has been quoted by countless top news organizations, and he was recently named one of the world's top 10 “power mobile influencers” by Forbes. Prior to BGR, Zach worked as an executive in marketing and business development with two private telcos.