Motorola Xoom LTE Upgrade Ready in 90 Days; You’ll Need to Send Yours in
Good news: The Motorola Xoom, which launched yesterday as a 3G-only Android Honeycomb tablet, will definitely be LTE-compatible within 90 days.
Bad news: In order for the Xoom to get updated, it has to be sent in and you’ll be without your brand new Android friend for 6 days.
That’s right, folks. Presumably in an attempt to be the very first major OEM to release a Honeycomb tablet, a few things had to be put on hold, such as Flash 10.1 and hardware containing the 4G LTE chipset. Both of these things were largely hyped at the device’s announcement at CES and throughout the last month and a half, and as such are heavily desired by almost every early adopter that wants to buy a Xoom.
While Flash should easily be included in a basic firmware update, LTE is certainly not that easy to just throw in. In fact, to get the LTE capability Verizon has just officially announced the process of returning the device — yes, actually sending it in — free of charge in a FedEx package, and returned back to you within 6 days. Excuse me, I mean 6 business days.
In other words, a full week.
Yes, the end results will largely be worth it, but this type of process is unheard of. Not only will anyone purchasing a Xoom have to pay more than an iPad, they will have to part ways with their new favorite gadget voluntarily for a week in order to get it “fixed”. At least the process is free, right?