Motorola, Verizon Announce Xoom 4G Upgrade

Users of Motorola’s Xoom tablet device can now upgrade their machines to run on Verizon’s 4G network, it has been announced.

When Motorola first launched the Android Honey-Comb based tablet PC device in February, it had promised to start offering 4G hardware upgrades to the tablet within 90 days. The company ran into trouble while making the 4G radio for the device, thereby delaying the move to 4G for Xoom customers.

Finally, Motorola and Verizon announced that Xoom users interested in upgrading their devices 4G would need to register and send their devices to Verizon for the hardware upgrade.

Verizon said that it would take around 6 business days for the upgraded devices to be delivered back the customers. The company said that upgrading to 4G will not affect existing data plans but users are advised to make the back-ups for the data stored on the tablet before sending them to the company.

The new Verizon 4G network will allow users to download songs, movies and other media at speeds between 5-12 Mbps and get upload speeds of 2-5 Mbps.

Motorola also said that a 4G enabled Xoom tablet device will be available on Verizon for $499 with a two year contract from October 13th.