Mobile telco Vodafone today confirmed it would not be launching Motorola’s highly anticipated Xoom tablet in Australia, instead focusing on existing exclusive offerings such as its rival Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1v.
The Xoom will first go on sale in Australia on 24 May through Telstra, but the nation’s number two telco Optus late last week confirmed it would also sell the Xoom, starting from mid to late June. A spokesperson for Vodafone confirmed it would not sell the device, but was not able to comment further.
The Xoom is one of the first devices to run Android 3.0 (Honeycomb), which has been designed for the tablet form factor. It is supported by a dual-core 1GHz processor, 32GB of memory and 1GB of RAM. It sports a 10.1 inch, 1280×800 widescreen display, a 5 megapixel rear-facing camera and a 2 megapixel front-facing camera. Built from anodized aluminum, the Xoom weighs 730 grams.
Telstra will sell the device for the outright price of $840, or customers can also pick it up on either $29, $49 or $79 monthly capped plans, with an additional tablet repayment cost of $25 for the lower plans or $15 for the $79 plan. The plans come with 1GB, 7GB and 12GB of data quota included. Optus has not yet confirmed pricing for the device, but last week said it plans to launch the Xoom with a number of “compelling customer offers”.
The news comes as Vodafone earlier this month started selling the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1v, which has similar specifications to the Xoom but ships at a cheaper price. Vodafone is selling the device for $729 up front, and it comes with 6GB of data included on a prepaid pack that can be used for up to three months.
In terms of pricing, Optus has tended to price its mobile plans and devices slightly cheaper than the same options at Telstra. However, reviews have shown over time that the company’s network does not have the speed and coverage offered by Telstra’s flagship Next G network, allowing Telstra to grab slices of the mobile market through dint of its superior network. Optus’ network, however, is not known to have suffered the same level of high-profile faults that have plagued the network of Vodafone.
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