UK retailer Carphone Warehouse has matched rival Dixon’s move of offering a £20 rebate off the price of the Wi-Fi XOOM with a similar price cut meted out to the 3G version of the Motorola tablet. So the 3G XOOM is now sporting a sticker price of £579.99, again down by £20. The price mentioned does not require agreeing to any contract, though it would be cheaper if contract obligations came into the picture. The 3G XOOM can be as cheap as just £199.99 if you agree to pay £25 every month, which allows for unlimited internet browsing. The charging dock will be offered free of cost.
Now the question is, will these price cuts be enough to ensure there are enough takers of what can be termed the world first tablet running Honeycomb, the first operating system designed for use in a tablet. Doubts arise on the back of some reports that point out the XOOM has had a lukewarm response so far. Deutsche Bank is reporting sales at about a hundred thousand XOOMs. The figure isn’t bad in its own right, but pales in comparison to the iPad or iPad 2‘s sales figures which have always been measured in millions. Deutsche Bank came up with the figure after reviewing the Android developer site to find out how many were using Honeycomb.
Deutsche Bank isn’t the only one painting a gloomy picture of the Motorola XOOM as Pacific Crest analyst James Faucette also claiming sales of the XOOM have been disappointing so far. James Faucette resorted to sales channel reports to state the XOOM’s dismal sales story though isn’t forthcoming with any hard figures.
There isn’t any word from Motorola either endorsing or refuting the various claims about its poor sales so far, which experts point out is due to Motorola hurrying with the product’s launch in spite of it being not fully complete yet.