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XOOM vs iPad 2 : How Motorola Might Win The Mobile Operators

The Motorola XOOM might have a fighting chance against the iPad 2 when it comes to mobile phone operators as they appear to be keener than Apple to help the carriers when it comes to subsidies.

The 32GB version of the XOOM costs £579.99 at Carphone Warehouse and the iPad 2, £579. The cheapest and best value package for the Apple iPad 2 is the £25 per month package with £279 upfront at Three Mobile cost while the best (only) similar package for the XOOM is at Carphone Warehouse with a similar monthly outlay but a cheaper £200 initial fee.

There's a £1 difference on the SIM-free models but £79 on the contracts even if Carphone Warehouse offers an unlimited data package.

It means that Motorola and Talkmobile went further to keep prices down. Unlike Three Mobile, Talkmobile is a Mobile Virtual network Operator using Vodafone for its backend. This means that its operating prices and the fact that it is is offering a flat-fee, unlimited data allowance using someone's else network means that its margins are lower than average.

Carphone Warehouse also lists Three Mobile as the other provider for the Motorola XOOM but its contract prices aren't as competitive as one would expect.

It would be interesting to see whether other major mobile phone operators, especially O2 and Vodafone, start selling the XOOM as an Android alternative if Motorola agrees to some significant concessions on pricing.

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.