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Carphone Warehouse Cuts Price Of Motorola XOOM 3G To £580

The price of the Motorola XOOM 3G has been cut by £20 by Carphone Warehouse to £580 as the latter prepares to launch the tablet device over the next few days; the retailer is also bundling a free charging dock which it says is worth £35.

The 3G version of the Motorola XOOM (opens in new tab) initially retailed for £600 and some reckon that the drop in the price of the tablet is due to the current success of the iPad 2 and the fact that the 3G version of the iPad 2 with 32GB onboard costs £579.

The tablet is also available on Three Mobile and Talkmobile for as little as £10.22 on a one month contract although you will have to pay £580.22 for the tablet itself and 1GB data allowance.

Three Mobile's cheapest bundle comes with 1GB intenret and 100 texts over £24 months with an initial outlay of £360 and £18.20 per month. The most expensive one is a 5GB data allowance package with 250 texts, an initial fee of £80 and monthly costs of £41.52 per month.

It is not known whether Everything Everywhere, on which the Motorola Atrix will be shipped, will also sell the tablet on subsidised contracts like the Apple iPad 2.

The Motorola Xoom was the first tablet device to be announced with the Google Android Honeycomb tablet optimised platform, that was at the beginning of the year at CES in Las Vegas.

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at ITProPortal.com where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.