Cellular South has recently confirmed that it will be offering the Motorola XOOM tablet to its customers in the next weeks. Although the carrier did not mention a specific release date, the device is now listed on the “Coming Soon” page, along with pricing details.
Customers will be able to purchase the XOOM for $599.99 bundled with a free Novatel Mi-Fi hotspot. Apparently this is the WiFi-only version of the tablet, so owners are required to use a MiFi to be able to connect to the carrier's 3G network.
Obviously, purchasing the XOOM
without a MiFi does not require customers to sign a new agreement or monthly plan.
Cellular South is offering more than decent data plans for the Mi-Fi:
- $19.99/1GB of data with $20.00 for each GB thereafter (MiFi only);
- $29.99/3GB of data with $10.00 for each GB thereafter (Data Card, Netbook and MiFi);
- $49.99/5GB of data with $10.00 for each GB thereafter (Data Card, Netbook and MiFi).Motorola XOOM is currently retailed by Verizon with data plans coming in at $20 for 1 GB, $35 for 3 GB, and $50 for 5 GB. However, Verizon's prices are available for the carrier's LTE network, while Cellular South only does 3G.
In this regard, Cellular South is expected to offer 4G LTE services by the end of the year.
The multi-awarded Motorola XOOM tablet is the first Honeycomb tablet available on the market.
The device is powered by a high-performance 1GHz dual-core CPU and has a large, widescreen 10.1-inch capacitive touch display with 16 million colors support and 800 x 1280 pixels resolution.
It packs 512MB of RAM, 32GB of internal flash storage, as well as microSD card slot for memory expansion (up to 32GB). The XOOM can operate for 4 to 10 hours on a single battery charge, depending on use, or up to 14 days in standby mode.