Sprint to get Wi-Fi Motorola Xoom first, 4G WiMax version later
Yesterday we told you that the Motorola Xoom is headed to Sprint, something which has been reported before. Furthermore, yesterday’s news was that it would reach the Now Network with support for WiMax – Sprint’s 4G.
And both of those things are true, and are still happening, with one major caveat though. BGR has independently confirmed that Sprint will be selling the Wi-Fi-only version of the Motorola Xoom at first. A WiMax-enabled version that will let you surf the Web using Sprint’s 4G network will follow at some later point. There’s no information about a specific time frame here, for either version of the tablet. It’s probably safe to assume that the Wi-Fi-only variant will make an appearance in Sprint stores soon, since the carrier is already busy stocking protective covers for it, as we found out yesterday.
Also unknown is whether the delay of the WiMax version has anything to do with the operating system, or perhaps with some kind of exclusivity deal made between Motorola and Verizon – the only carrier in the US to sell (or even announce) a mobile data-enabled Xoom.
So Sprint customers dying to get your hands on the first ever tablet to run Android 3.0 Honeycomb, hang in there!