[Exclusive] Leaked Xoom Info / Contract Requirements from Costco

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    Costco of all placees has leaked out some Xoom advertisements that confirm some previously unknown information for us. First off, there has been a little bit of debate as to whether a cellular contract needed to be activated for at least a month to enable the wireless on the tablet. We now know for sure that this is the case. Costco is however offering a $35 rebate to soften the blow of this requirement. We are waiting on a bit more information to roll in right now to confirm both the date and price that you'll be able to pick this up at Costco for... stay tuned!

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    At least Costco is trying to make up for Verizon's blunder. Good for them.

    Still, they need to get that WiFi only version out there before the iPad2 hits. I don't see the XOOM selling well at all when the only model available is $800. A large majority want a WiFi only version for under $600.
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    Totally agree and perhaps a 16GB version to drop it another $50-$100.
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    I would gladly take less internal storage space to shave a few shekels off the price tag! It's got an SD slot, so it's all good!
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    Didn't even think about this, I too would definitely give up some internal storage space for a price drop. I still can't believe Moto's only offering one model for one (ridiculously high!) price; that iPad2 will sound pretty good come summer time (especially if there isn't a price drop by then)
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    I'm blind. Where does it say a contract is required?
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    Just above the "XoomForums.com" watermark. Black in parenthesis: "(Activation & First Month Data Plan Required to Purchase)"
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    But is that necessarily a contract? It just reads, "Activation & First Month Data Plan." To me, that says you pay $35 to activate, $20 for the first month's data, then you can cancel and be on your way with wifi enabled. So that would just be a one-month contract.

    This is as opposed to other ads that specifically state a 2-year contract is required(as in for subsidized pricing on a new or upgrade phone)
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    Ah, I re-read the article and it mentions just a contract, but just for the first month. I was in the mindset of a contract being long-term.
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    Whoever was the creative behind the ad got the wording right.

    "Grab it and it grabs you."

    By the nuts. Because of the price.
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    lol yea you scared me for a second. I'd definitely be dropping that if it required a 2yr.

    lmao no kidding
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    No one thinks there would be a fee for dropping the data after the first month? I could see them making a fee for dropping...
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    They can't with a one month contract. The one month would have some sort of ETF I bet, but would only be in effect for that one month. After that, the contract should expire, leaving you able to cancel as you please without a fee. Unless, of course, they do some very creative wording with the contract.

    I'm just gonna sit back and wait for a wifi model if I get one at all.
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    One can hope. Course I wonder if the $35/line activation fee has been brought up in all of this pricing as well??? Along with all of the other crap in taxes and federal crap they have to tack on...
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    That's why it's priced at retail instead of a lower subsidized price. It only has the first month data requirement, the same as the Galaxy tablet.
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    This is beginning to look like a failure. They started off great, what with a sexy product that could actually rival the iPad. However, with an exorbitant price and now a required data plan, this is looking less and less like a mass-appeal product. What are they thinking?

    They need more options: smaller storage and without 3G for around $500 like the iPad's.
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    On that note, isn't the ETF's sole purpose is to help recoup costs of a subsidized device if the contract is ended early? In theory, anyway.
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    You stole the words out of my mouth! Just like the Galaxy Tab's enormous price at first, this thing has priced itself right out of the market. And on top of that they make you get 1 month of data just to enable wifi? What kind of business practice is that? That is how you enrage a customer base, not gain loyalty.
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    And based on the reactions from this forum (and others), it sounds like they're doing just that, before it even hits the market! Course, we may also be paying for them to use Ochocinco and his OCNN to market it too.
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    If they were to add a zero to the end of that rebate amount, I'd be all over the Xoom.
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