Motorola XOOM

It’s been about seven months since Motorola and Verizon launched the XOOM tablet with 3G capabilities — and promised customers that a free 4G LTE upgrade would be available soon. Half a year later, it’s finally ready.

Starting Thursday, September 29th customers that picked up 3G XOOM tablets will be able to send in their tablets for free upgrades. The upgrade process will take about 6 days to complete, and if you want the free upgrade you’ll need to send in your XOOM within 6 months.

On October 13th, Motorola will also start selling the tablet with a 4G modem preinstalled. No upgrades needed. The new LTE model will be available for $499.99 when you sign up for a 2-year Verizon contract with monthly charges ranging from $30 for 2GB of data to $80 for 10GB.

The Motorola XOOM features a 10.1 inch, 1280 x 800 pixel display, a 1 GHz NVIDIA Tegra 2 dual core processor, 32GB of storage, 1GB of RAM, and Google Android 3.2 Honeycomb.

Or you can hang out a little longer and pick up a next-generation XOOM tablet. Word on the street is that Motorola has a new 10 inch model as well as an 8.2 inch version in the works.

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