Verizon Offering $50 On-Contract Discount for Motorola Xyboard Tablets

Verizon is already starting to slash the price of its recently released 4G LTE Motorola Xyboard tablets, which are available in 8.9- and 10.1-inch variants. The discount of $50 applies only to those who are willing to sign up for a contract for a two-year data plan on the two slates. Those wishing to pay full retail price sans contract for Motorola’s Xyboard tablets will not be eligible for the discount.

It’s unclear whether the price right now is a promotional price or if it’s a permanent reduction.

The Xyboard 10.1 now starts at $479.99 with a two-year contract.

Though Verizon is leveraging its 4G LTE network speeds and availability as a selling point to maintain a higher than normal pricing on both tablets, the high price point has been the subject of criticism from industry watchers, who are saying that Android tablet adoption has been slow due to non-competitive pricing.

Though the Xyboard’s prices may be high, the tablets follow Verizon’s higher pricing model for the original Motorola Xoom 4G tablet, which had cost $800 upon release sans contract. At the time, Motorola and Verizon justified the price for the richness that 4G LTE delivers when compared to other 3G-only tablets, chiefly the iPad.

Via: The Verge