Verizon locking WiFi on Motorola Xoom until you buy one month of data service?

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    Verizon locking WiFi on Motorola Xoom until you buy one month of data service?


    Call us crazy, but we're having a hard time interpreting this line of fine print in any other way:
    "To activate WiFi functionality on this device, a minimum of one month data subscription is required."
    That's listed under Best Buy's most recent ad highlighting the world's first Android 3.0 tablet, and it most certainly sounds both ominous and ridiculous. Hardcore Verizon followers may remember the days of Big Red crippling Bluetooth radios in phones in order to "coerce" users to purchase ringtones and such from them rather than snagging one on the subway from Tom, Dick and / Jane, so we definitely wouldn't put something like this by the company. It's hard to say how this will be implemented once the $800 Xoom hits retail shelves, but it's certainly hard to believe that this is a Best Buy policy (and not a Verizon mandate). We'll be digging for more details, but we'll be straight with you -- we don't like the potential implications here. At all.
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    I don't know if that's Moto Fail, or VZW Fail.... either way it's still FAIL.

    Gah! I hate to say it, but Apple has the right idea. They offer a WiFi only version for cheap, and a WWAN version... and NEITHER are carrier locked.

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    Just wow...if a carrier can find a way to bilk their customers, they will. I had hoped that the corporate culture of greed was stilled by the financial collapse. I guess it's just moved to different corporations now

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    Not surprising at all.

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    what is going on at verizon? one ridiculous thing after another. will this be for real?

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    ...and with a hefty price tag of $800.00 - looks like I will be waiting it out for a price drop

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    Ridiculous.
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    Woohoo!!! iPad here I come!! at least I'll wait to compare the xoom to the iPad2, thenI'll see if they drop the price at that point... it's sad it'll be that way (I speak only for myself)

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    Yeah...that information combined with the supposed $799 price point and you can pretty much count me out.

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