Motorola XOOM buyers have just been provided with another option, courtesy wireless carrier Cellular South. The regional carrier is out to cash in on the XOOM craze with a Wi-Fi version that is inclusive of a free MiFi 2200 personal hotspot. What this means is that one will eventually be buying a Wi-Fi only XOOM but there is also a MiFi personal hotspot that forms part of Cellular South’s XOOM package and can be used to get online when not in the vicinity of a Wi-Fi network.
This will be in addition to the 3G and Wi-Fi only versions already available that cost $800 and $599 respectively. The XOOM PCs from Cellular South is also expected to be $599 though the carriers’s Mi-Fi plans start at $20 for 32 GB of data.
Everything else with the XOOM remains largely the same. Like 32 GB of built in storage though Motorola is yet to bring to life the SD card slot. Then of course, there is the 1 GHz NVIDIA Tegra 2 processor, Android 3.0 Honeycomb as the OS as well as a 10.1 inch, 1280 x 800 pixel display. The XOOM will also be upgraded to be compatible with 4G networks though that would require the XOOM’s to be returned to Motorola for sometime, something that can be considered a pre-planned recall. A 5 megapixel and 2 megapixel camera at the rear and front of the PC respectively along with so much more does make the XOOM a worthy competitor to the iPad 2. Now we also have a data plan for the XOOM which reminds us of a similar Mi-Fi plan from Verizon that the carrier had launched for the original iPad. Looks like the competition is shaping up well.