Verizon Officially Confirms February 24th for Xoom Ship Date - sans Flash

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    Those who have been anxiously awaiting the arrival of the Verizon Motorola Xoom can breathe a sigh of relief. It's official release date was just announced from Verizon and it is indeed February 24th. Strangely, it is being released without support for Adobe Flash player for now, but they anticipate that to come in the "Spring".

    Sadly, no 'official' word yet on the HTC Thunderbolt, but as we reported earlier it is very likely to arrive on the same date. We will keep you apprised.

    Source: Android.net via Verizon Wireless
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    I have a feeling there will be more "news" today.
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    No Flash!! All this time and it's just like when we had 2.1 on our phones. What's the deal with that? This will be a slight draw back for some people. For a Tablet that is supposed to be loaded to the gills it should be release with everything available.
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    I can't believe this I doubt this can be true. I mean come on no flash on the new revolutionary contender for the iPad. Damn all this news makes we wanna wait for something better more and more...
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    I'm not surprised. Adobe can't get it's act together to support fully 64 bit computers which they have know about for years why would you expect it would run on relatively recent systems? My guess is that this is not Moto's fault at all.
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    This isn't the first time Adobe has delayed flash on a new product. Anyone remember back in Summer 2010 when they held off support for flash on the newer Droid phones (Droid X/2) and legacy support on Droid 1?? Yeah, same damn thing here. Here I am, plotting on trying to get this damn thing at a discounted price, and I am starting to think that I should just wait or look at the competition. Adobe is messing it up for the rest of us.
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    Really, no Flash? I was going to wait for the WiFi version anyway but this is crazy how they keep blind siding us with all this information. Come on Adobe get with the program!
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    I guess Ill keep my iPad for a little longer haha.
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    Actually, now that I look closer at the banner where it says, "*Adobe Flash expected Spring 2011", it seems to be copy / paste on the article. Hmmmm.....
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    I think I will be picking up a wifi only version on the 24th!
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    Wi-fi only version has not been confirmed for 2/24/2011 launch. Only 3G/4G version. In fact so far there is no date confirmed/suggested/leaked/speculated for wifi-only version.
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    Disappointed it is not coming with Flash, but Droid-life may have a fix....Price is high, I know I should wait but what the hell. It's the price you pay to be the first. I'll keep the data just to see how it works out, but most likely will keep it tethered to my Droid.

    Pretty stoked!!! Few more days!

    Just curious though, why is BB advertising $100 off for 2yr plan and rumor saying VZ will be $200 off w/ 2yr plan? Don't they usually coincide?
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    They are saying 200 off for 2yr?!?!? Can you provide a link to this (if it doesn't violate DF rules)?? Thanks in advance.
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    Here is the news release I found on motorola website:

    Motorola XOOM Tablet to be Available on the Verizon Wireless Network on Feb. 24

    “Best of Show” winner at 2011 Consumer Electronics Show delivers the world’s first true tablet experience, with upgrade to 4G LTE in Q2

    Feb. 22, 2011
    BASKING RIDGE, N.J. and LIBERTYVILLE, Ill. - Feb. 22, 2011 - Verizon Wireless and Motorola Mobility, Inc. (NYSE: MMI), today announced the Feb. 24, 2011 availability of the innovative new Motorola XOOM™ tablet, which won the coveted CNET Best of Show award at the 2011 Consumer Electronics Show for being "the most potentially disruptive technology." The first device to run Google's new Android 3.0 Honeycomb operating system, the Motorola XOOM will be available for purchase from Verizon Wireless for $599.99 with a new two-year customer agreement or $799.99 without a contract. Wireless 3G data service for the Motorola XOOM will begin at $20 monthly access for 1GB. The Motorola XOOM will be upgradeable to 4G LTE service at no additional charge in the second quarter of 2011.
    A powerhouse in both software and hardware, the Motorola XOOM is built around a 1GHz dual-core processor and 10.1-inch widescreen HD display. The sleek, stylish design features a front-facing 2-megapixel camera for video chats, as well as a rear-facing 5-megapixel camera that captures video in 720p HD.
    The Motorola XOOM showcases the innovations of the Honeycomb user experience that improves on Android favorites such as widgets, multi-tasking, browsing, notifications and customization, as well as featuring the latest Google™ Mobile services. The Motorola XOOM also features full support for tabbed browsing and support for the Adobe® Flash® Player, available soon as a free download, to enjoy all the video and other rich content available on the Web. For additional information about upgrading their XOOM to 4G LTE, customers can visit www.verizonwireless.com/Xoom4GLTEUpgrade starting Thursday, Feb. 24.
    For more information on Verizon Wireless products and services, visit a Verizon Wireless Communications Store, call 1-800-2 JOIN IN or go to www.verizonwireless.com.
    To learn more about Motorola XOOM, visit www.verizonwireless.com/xoom.

    Source: http://mediacenter.motorola.com/Pres...b-24-35d2.aspx
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    So let me get this straight: All of the Xoom's that are being released have WiFi ability but you will need to do atleast a month data plan to "unlock" the WiFi capability? Wonder how long it will take for someone to "unlock" it without doing that...
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    Well if they are offering a discount of 200 for 2 years, then I can get behind that. They didn't do that with the Galaxy Tab, and they still want $500 for it. Not worried about the 20/month plan as I have a mifi and can just upgrade it. So all in all it's not a bad deal for me. I can't speak for everyone else though.
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    I don't think that it matters, because I don't think that Verizon will sell you the XOOM without charging you for 1 month of data. Therefore you pay the $20 whether someone unlocks it or not.
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    I won an iPad. I wouldn't pay more than $100 for one, but I was hoping to sell it to contribute to Xoom funds. After having the iPad for a while, it is amazing how many sites that you run into that need Flash.