Optus has announced that it is now selling Motorola's Xoom Android tablet, and has priced the tablet device considerably lower than rival Telstra.
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Optus is selling the Motorola Xoom on three data only plans, with the upfront pricing of the tablet varied depending which plan you choose. The Xoom is available for $499 upfront on Optus' $39.95 data cap plus plan over 12 months, which includes 8GB of data per month, or $399 upfront if you choose the $59.95 data cap plus plan, which gives you 10GB of data per month. The cheapest monthly plan from Optus will set you back $29.95 and provide 4GB of data a month, but you'll need to pay $649 upfront for the Xoom if you want to take up that offer.
Unlike Telstra, Optus allows customers to choose 12 or 24 month contracts, and purchasers can also choose to pay upfront or monthly for the Xoom. The Xoom can be purchased for $0 upfront if you sign a 24 month contract for $59.95 per month.
Optus' pricing for the Motorola Xoom undercuts rival Telstra, who currently sells the Xoom for $840 outright, or on a range of Telstra cap plans, all over 24 months. The Telstra plans include $29 (1GB data), $49 (7GB data) or $79 (12GB data) caps, with additional monthly payments of $25 for the $29 and $49 plans, and $15 for the $79 plan.
The Motorola Xoom is equipped with a 10.1in touchscreen and runs the latest version of Google's Android software: 3.0 or 'Honeycomb', which has specifically been designed for tablet devices. Key features of Android 3.0 Honeycomb include tabbed Web browsing, support for 3D graphics, added enterprise features like encrypted storage, a redesigned keyboard, and a new interface that aims to take advantage of the larger sized tablet screen. The Motorola Xoom also supports Adobe Flash Player for viewing Web video.
The Xoom is powered by a 1GHz dual-core Tegra 2 processor, has 1GB of RAM, 32GB of internal memory and also has two digital cameras on board: a front-facing 2-megapixel camera that acts as a webcam for video calling, and a 5-megapixel camera on the rear that takes still photos and records 720p high-definition video.