Verizon Motorola Xoom 4G upgrade emails were sent by mistake
Remember what we told you earlier today, that Motorola apparently started contacting Verizon Xoom owners about their complimentary hardware upgrade to 4G LTE? Well, it looks like those of you who do happen to own the first tablet that shipped with Android Honeycomb still have some waiting to do before that upgrade will actually happen.
Responding to an inquiry made by Droid-Life, Motorola had this to say about the situation:
“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.”
That settles it. No 4G LTE for you! Not yet, at least.
Anyway, the entire upgrade process seems unnecessarily convoluted, with you needing to send the Xoom over to Moto, which will then send it back to you in a few days (or weeks?). I wonder why it wasn’t possible to launch the tablet with 4G LTE on board from the start. Perhaps Motorola wasn’t ready yet, but Google pushed it to launch quickly even before the 4G radios were available. Or maybe Verizon’s 4G network just wasn’t ready back then. We can speculate, but we’ll probably never know for sure.