4G on your Xoom Tablet Coming Xoon? (Updated)
Awhile back at that good ol’ 2010 CES convention we got a glimpse at Motorola’s monster phones and the Android tablet everyone was waiting for. The convention brought us the likes of Motorola’s Atrix and its unique webtop application as well as the yet to be released Droid Bionic. Another looker in this group was the highly anticipated and highly acclaimed Motorola Xoom. The Xoom brought it all to the table; it has dual cores, the latest in Android OS and is an all around great experience. Other than its sleek looks and high end specs, the greatest detail was in its 4G or LTE compatibility. That functionality is close at hand.
If you remember the idea of the Motorola Xoom using Verizon’s LTE 4G network was not fully brought into fruition. This was mainly due to the lack of coverage as the network rolled out. Big red’s LTE coverage is spreading like a zombie apocalypse and it seems as if the Motorola Xoom might be ready to get the upgrade it needs. When the Xoom initially went on sale you had the option to upgrade it to 4G in the near future, this would initial you shipping your newly acquired Xoom tablet back to Motorola. Once received by Motorola, they would perform their magical voodoo on the table and viola, your Xoom would be LTE compatible. There has been no real confirmation on when this would start, however an email from a Xoom owner shows the upgrades are under way. A Phandroid.com reader got an email that said this:
“Thank you for submitting your Motorola Xoom for the 4G LTE upgrade. You should have recently received a package in the mail with instructions and materials for returning your device for the upgrade.
Our records indicate that we have not yet received your Motorola Xoom. If you are still interested in upgrading your Motorola Xoom, this is a friendly reminder to please follow the instructions provided in your upgrade package and ship your device back for the upgrade.
If you have already shipped your device back to us, please contact us at 1-800-734-5870 and one of our support specialists will assist you with tracking and completing your order”
So about 6 months later the Xoom will be getting its 4G upgrade, maybe. The user who sent this in to the site, has not actually received the return mailing package and from the looks of it, he is the only user who got the email. This could have easily been sent in error, or Verizon’s LTE will be pumping new life back into the Motorola Xoom.
Have any Xoom users out their gotten this email? Six months later, the promised LTE is still not in effect. So what is going on Moto? Are you waiting for the LTE upgrade? Let us know what you think in the comments below.
Update: Looks like this original email was sent in error, email response from Motorola is as follows -
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“A very small number of Motorola XOOM users recently received an email from Motorola regarding the 4G LTE upgrade process. While we are very excited about being able to offer the upgrade this summer, and know our customers are equally excited about the benefits that 4G LTE speeds will bring to their Motorola XOOM, the email was sent in error. We apologize for any confusion this may have caused, and look forward to being able to share more specifics on how — and when — users can take advantage of 4G LTE on their Motorola XOOM in the near future.”