Pay to use Wi-Fi on Xoom

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  1. bluemonkeyguy, Feb 6, 2011
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    bluemonkeyguy macrumors 6502

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    So not only is the Xoom $800, but by the looks of the Best Buy ad, I have to at-least have paid for a one month 3G service to activate Wi-Fi. :eek:
     

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  2. aaps59 macrumors regular

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    I do agree, its like, wow.
    How many customers do they think theyre going to get by charging 300 dollars more than an iPad and forcing you to pay for data.
     
  3. TEG macrumors 604

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    Sounds like something borderline criminal. I would suspect that within 3 days of this crappy device being on the market, the Android community will have a patch to 'jailbreak' it.

    TEG
     
  4. MrWillie, Feb 6, 2011
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    They will get a couple of hard core haters that will buy it. They will buy anything non-Apple, no matter how expensive it is or how poorly it performs. (not saying the Xoom will perform poorly, but not saying it will be great either). You know, the ones that buy crap to try and impress their friends, but deep down secretly want a iPad, but are afraid of what others will think of them.
     
  5. viperGTS macrumors 65816

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    What the hell? What does motorola expect to achieve by charging users for wifi? omg... youd think theyd be a little smart since they have some tough competition (iPad). not to mention this thing is WAYYYY overpriced. this idea is SO STUPID I DONT EVEN KNOW HOW THEY CAME UP WITH IT.
    /rant
     
  6. Stetrain macrumors 68040

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    I wonder if by chance this means a WiFi-hotspot feature, not just WiFi access for the device itself?

    Otherwise that's just crazy.
     
  7. Sedulous macrumors 68000

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    Can't be true... it is so anti-consumer! Maybe it means wi-fi hotspot functionality?
     
  8. Xeperu macrumors 6502

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    If WiFi > Most retarded idea ever, pretty much DOA.
    If WiFi Hotspot > I can live with it, without the 3G plan it's useless anyway then.
     
  9. jmpnop macrumors 6502a

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    It says "To activate WiFi functionality on this device, a minimum of 1 month data subscription is required".



    This is so ridiculous! I'm sure most of the people who buy Xoom will jailbreak it:rolleyes:
     
  10. darngooddesign macrumors G3

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    Its a 32GB 3G device, currently the equivalent (on just those specs) iPad is 729.
     
  11. NebulaClash macrumors 68000

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    Exactly. To come out with a competing device that costs more than the equivalent iPad is madness.
     
  12. Xenc macrumors 6502a

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    Wirelessly posted (Mozilla/5.0 (iPhone; U; CPU iPhone OS 4_2_1 like Mac OS X; en-gb) AppleWebKit/533.17.9 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/5.0.2 Mobile/8C148 Safari/6533.18.5)

    If true, this will be illegal by European law. Not sure how it can fly in America either!
     
  13. gdjsnyder macrumors 6502a

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    One of the most ridiculous things ever. Basically, "to use your device for any type of internet connection, you HAVE to pay".
     
  14. petvas macrumors 601

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    This is very stupid from Motorola. The price of the Xoom will certainly not help it in succeeding. Apple has nothing to worry about as long as there is no Android tablet of good quality at 500$.
     
  15. Phil A. Moderator

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    It seems the WiFi functionality is any WiFi: In order to connect it to your home WiFi you'll have to buy a month's 3G connectivity. And people complain about the "Apple Tax"....
     
  16. iPhoneCollector macrumors 6502a

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    i think the WIFI that we know (connect to wireless network, bla bla bla) is "free" to use but the hotspot thing must be payed.
     
  17. darngooddesign macrumors G3

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    $70 more for a device with significantly better specs than the current iPad is not going to kill it.

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    While I agree that forcing the data is dumb, in this case I think its a non-issue. Why would you buy a 3G/4G tablet if you didn't plan on using data on it after all?
     
  18. gloss macrumors 601

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    I really don't see the problem. Verizon signed a deal to distribute a device with built-in 3G, so they want to make sure people use that functionality at least once. Consider it a one-month contract and stop complaining.

    Who's going to buy a 3G tablet and get angry that they're required to pay for the 3G?
     
  19. petvas macrumors 601

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    Well, many people would like to buy a Wifi model only. That is the problem! Those people would have to buy a data plan in order to use Wifi. This is ridiculous.
     
  20. elan123 macrumors 6502

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    I'd have to agree!
     
  21. gloss macrumors 601

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    Those people will very likely be targeted by a WiFi-only model (possibly with a different name) in the near future. This is just the first salvo, and I'm guessing Motorola decided to release their most feature-packed model first.
     
  22. NebulaClash macrumors 68000

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    But it's going to be competing against the iPad 2 at, probably, the same price points, and the original iPad at, probably, lower price points than now.

    It's madness because the average consumer is not looking at specs. They look at price. They know about the iPad, so how can you entice them away with a new device they don't know much about and that also costs more? You can't.
     
  23. darngooddesign macrumors G3

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    The iPad2 is not out yet and we have no confirmed specs so right now its just a comparison against the first one.
     
  24. JuanGuapo macrumors 6502a

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    Pretty much DOA.... a) cost b) WiFi req. 3G activation c) fragmentation

    What dev (over than Moto) is honestly going to make an app specifically for the Xoom? They're going to make it for the phone(s) and upscale it.
     
  25. NebulaClash macrumors 68000

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    The Xoom is not out yet either, so by the time the consumer can actually buy one, the iPad 2 will be coming up fast.
     

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