Motorola XOOM

It looks like the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 is about to become the first Android 3.x tablet to ship with 4G LTE mobile broadband access in the US. Verizon announced today that it would start taking pre-orders for a 4G model of the tablet next week. Motorola, on the other hand, confirmed today that 4G won’t be available for the XOOM tablet until later in the summer.

When Motorola launched the XOOM in February the company promised that users would be able to upgrade from 3G to 4G for free within 90 days. Now CEO Sanjay Jha says the company is running late.

Motorola always planned to offer a 4G upgrade for the tablet, but shipped it with a slower 3G modem in order to get the tablet out the door more quickly. That’s also presumably why the company shipped the tablet with a non-functional microSD card slot. There’s still no word on when Motorola will fix that problem.

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12 replies on “Motorola XOOM 4G LTE upgrade won’t come until later this summer”

  1. My Xoom has done just what I wanted – provided me with Motorola exceptional RF performance. The WiFi is OK, the GPS is astounding and the 3G is excellent. Perfect? no. The best Android tablet – perhaps. I long for the 4G module and SD too, but remain very happy with this choice.

  2. XOOM has its issues, but they DID release a SW update that makes the Micro SD slot work…

    1. Are you sure, because, as far as I know, the only update I received was the 3.1 update and that did not enable the SD card . Please tell me I am wrong…

  3. I think the Xoom is nice, but Motorola’s emtpy (so far) promises about 4g and a working sd card slot are not good for its image.  I personally don’t think it’s acceptable to release a product with broken features.  I hope the Xoom2 is better.

  4. The problem for me is they sold me with the upgrade. I have a Ipad2 and bought the Xoom because the Verizon sales team said they were a month away. My partner bought one after me with the same sales pitch. I belive they need to compensate the by offering a app or wireless mouse to every one who bought the sales pitch.

  5. 4g, porgie… my xoom is in daily use (I’m a traveling salesman). It’s on wifi when available or 3g when not, but either is great for constant email updates, synching notes into the cloud and gaming occasionally. Very well built and rugged (it gets tossed around in my car and on customer’s tables all day, 5 days a week.) Absolutely no complaints. 4g will be a nice addon, but no biggie for my purposes. It’s in constant use, battery life is10-16 hours depending on apps and screen use. Great business tool I highly recommend.

  6. I’m coming up on the end of my 90 day Costco return policy & will be returning my xoom very soon. The company won’t even give its customers an update on the SD card. The is my first and very last Motor purchase. Awful company!

  7. After having waited so long and having enjoyed my Motorola Xoom so immensely, not even an article like this will rattle my passion for the Xoom. from my point of view, the Xoom is a beautifully grilled lobster tail with a sweet mango butter sauce on the side and I have been savouting it since  day one. And when my chef does eventually bring the SD/4G functionality to the Xoom, i will let him pour it on and i will accept it then savour it like i would that hot butter/garlic /mango sauce. But, until then, I am just fine with my lobster tail just the way it is because, regardless of how you spice it up, Sd and 4G are just toppings to me…

  8. I will not recommend the XOOM any longer. I now rank Motorola with the likes of Blackberry and all of RIM’s bs.
    Motorola drops the ball yet again.

    1. People, If you believe you will get a better quality product or one that will offer more or better functionality or build quality or Features than the Xoom, _I would be the first one to encourage you to return it. But before you do, maby you should look at some of the other forums which pertain to the particular device you may be leaning towards. Discontent is something you can find with any product and it exists with every product and if your discontent with the Xoom is solely based on the slow presentation of 4g and SD functionality, you may want to re-evaluate your reasons for returning the Xoom. Ask yourself if your discontent is your own or is is based on articles like this one which tend to act like salt in the wounds of a products short commings…In my office there are at least two specialists who have returned their I pads in lieu of the Xoom – having daily access to both.
      I have meet individuals who have purchased the toshiba and wish it had the build quality of the Xoom (Aluminum vs Plastic). A coordinator I my department owns a tablet with a hole in its corner edge bbecause it was dropped and the plastic broke leaving a hole in the edge…all I am saying is check the competition thoroughly before making the decision and don’t let someone else’s discontent enflame you…

      1. I will say this though, if Motorola introduces any other tablet running honeycomb and having a functional SD card slot before finalizing their SD/4g commitment with me, that would definately cause me great anger…

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