Motorola Xoom to Beat iPad 2 Prices at Verizon Stores
Could you imagine? First of all, I wouldn't call an article written by a guy, who interviewed a guy, who knows someone who works at a Verizon store; reliable. Also, he said that was for the "basic version", whatever that means. Is there another version? Not to mention the fact that if pricing were anywhere in the system at the store level, it would have already been leaked.“It’s nice to see Motorola make accessories for the Xoom — it shows that they take it seriously,” says Car Toys rep Brian Jones. “While we won’t stock the Xoom, I have a friend at the Verizon store who has already seen the pricing. He said the basic version of the Motorola Xoom will enter between $250 and $299. I think the iPad 2 will start at $599.”
However, I thought it was Rubin during D: Dive into Mobile, who said the tablet would be "priced in line with current smartphones". I always took that as meaning full retail price (i.e. Moto's Verizon lineup is $500-600 full retail). Or "in line" meaning the next step up, etc. Not that Google has too much influence on hardware pricing, but I guess they could in this situation, with what is essentially looking like a Nexus tablet.