19 Apr 2011
By Warwick Bray

Telstra to launch MOTOROLA XOOM in May



We’re pleased to confirm that the Xoom ICS software is now available. You can access the new software by selecting Settings > About Tablet > System Updates on your Xoom.

You will be required to update your Xoom to the latest Honeycomb software before you can access the ICS software. You can do this by selecting Settings > About Tablet > System Updates until you can see the ICS update.

One of the year’s most anticipated mobile tablets, the MOTOROLA XOOM™, will launch on the Telstra Next G® network in May.

It’s great timing as Australians are now embracing both mobile tablets and devices powered by Android™ in record numbers.
Moto Xoom
MOTOROLA XOOM’s high-definition touch screen and powerful operating software will make it possible for more Australians to enjoy video, mobile web browsing, gaming and magazines on the go.

It offers a large, 10.1-inch widescreen HD display and will be the first tablet in Telstra’s range to run Google’s Android™ 3.0 (Honeycomb) operating platform which is designed specifically for tablets. Under the hood is a 1GHz dual-core processor and 1GB of RAM which means XOOM can run multiple applications effortlessly and play back high-definition video smoothly.

The XOOM brings together beautifully integrated services like Gmail™, Google Maps™ with 3D interaction and YouTube®, a world of Android™ apps and an interface that’s easy for owners to personalise with apps, shortcuts and widgets. Our customers are going to love consuming, creating and sharing content in more places on Australia’s largest and fastest national mobile broadband network.

Whether surfing the Web, watching the latest hit movie or video-chatting with friends, MOTOROLA XOOM will delight people with its ease of use, speed and vivid graphics.

The introduction of the XOOM will also be a boom for our small business customers who increasingly use mobile tablets to share content with their clients and speed up ordering and logistics when on the road. The XOOM’s large virtual keyboard is also perfect for business people who want to access email and office documents on the go without the need to carry a bulky laptop with them.

More details about MOTOROLA XOOM, including plans for our Consumer and Telstra Business customers, will be announced nearer to launch.


  • A 10.1-inch 1280×800 widescreen HD display.
  • Android™ 3.0 ‘Honeycomb’ operating software designed specifically for mobile tablets.
  • Google Honeycomb applications that bring web favourites like Gmail™ and YouTube® to a mobile screen in a new, dynamic way.
  • 32 GB of memory built-in.
  • A 5 megapixel rear-facing camera capable of capturing HD (720p) video, a 2 megapixel front-facing camera enabling clear video chat using Google Talk™.
  • Adobe® Flash® Player 10.2 compatible (downloadable from Android Market™) supporting rich Flash-based Web content including videos, games and Internet applications.
  • Two built-in speakers delivering stereo sound.
  • Dedicated HDMI port allowing customers to play back videos and movies on big screen TVs.
  • Includes a built-in gyroscope, barometer, e-compass, accelerometer And adaptive lighting.
  • Long battery endurance, supporting up to 10 hours of video playback.


Posts: 8


  1. chris (telstra employee) says:

    Looks awesome! Hopefully we can get the Atrix tooea

  2. Doug says:

    Teriffic, looks great. I commend Telstra ‘s steps in improving their range of technology, but what about us that have only just purchased the T-Touch? We were told that an update was due in March, now its April! It looks as though any update for the T-Ttouch has been forgotten!

  3. Larry Sixsmith (Telstra Employee) says:

    Looks great. Do I detect a TRON influence?

  4. Silly Doug says:

    Never never never ever buy products branded as Telstra. It’s crap.

    • Brendan O'Keefe [T-EX Community Engagement Manager] says:

      Hi Doug. I can see you’re not a happy customer. Can I do anything to help? If you’d like to share with me how I might help you can just send me a note and I’ll do what i can. Brendan.

  5. Michael Manning says:

    That’s great! Prices and plans please. Would like to know outright,prepaid and plan options….

    Thanks :)

  6. Trent says:

    Yes, more details please. I have several Ipad 2s ordered for our company and I would like to know if I should cancel them or not.

    I would suggest that there would be a lot of people with Ipad orders pending that are about to be shipped (this week for the people that missed out initially), which is the last chance to cancel.


  7. Benjamin says:

    Never never never ever buy products not from Telstra. The 3G speeds by competing telcos are dreadful. Next-G for life.

    If the XOOM releases on plans less than $59 a month, I will happily buy one.

    • Douglas says:

      I agree with these sentiments. What would be even better is if I can have a combined data allowance for my phone and the Xoom, say, 5GB for the two to share over the course of a month.

  8. Russell Abbott says:

    very interested please supply plan and prices etc. to suit cheers.

  9. Andrew says:

    Nice work Telstra, let’s just hope pricing is on par with other Tablets & not outside of the market, otherwise expect to sell next to nothing!

  10. Mat Fawcett says:

    This is the worlds first REAL PC replacement tablet, can do everything you pc can, and with swype typing long documents and reports is just as quick as on a physical keyboard. No hype, just brilliant products.

  11. Tyler says:

    Quite excited for this! Have heard very good things about the Xoom and hopefully it will be released on a new data cap plan. Perhaps with an offset cost instead of just the $10 mro credit?

  12. Jason says:

    Is the Xoom telstra version locked to telstra network or unlocked? Also is this the 3G version or Wifi only version?


  13. Glenn Spence says:

    Been waiting for this, 1 question only:
    Where can I pre-register to get one as soon as its released.

    • Brendan O'Keefe [T-EX Community Engagement Manager] says:

      Hi Glenn. We plan to introduce an expressions of interest form in early May.

  14. Sujay says:

    Can someone please tell me if the Xoom sold by Telstra will have all the Telstra crapware installed ?

    • godzilla8888 says:

      I agree. I’ve avoided getting phones from Telstra because of their logo, etc appearing when phone is turned on. If the Xoom has this happening, I’ll definitely be waiting for other providers to sell it without their logos jumping out into your face.

    • Benjamin says:

      Even if the said “crapware” or “bloatware” is installed onto the device, surely gaining root access and a few quick commands via ADB will rid the device of such nonsense. I guess it’s still a large nuisance to non-technical clients though.

    • Jason says:

      Brendan did mention its unlocked so i doubt it would have any logos. I have my eyes set on the slim version of galaxy tab but wouldnt mind the xoom if the price is attractive. Outright is going for about $800 so theres a good chance for decent plans

    • Sujay says:

      @ Benjamin

      Rooting the device will certainly allow the removal of the crapware. However, this invalidates the warranty. My point is that Telstra should make the crapware optional. Give to those who want it and don’t give it to those who don’t want it. It is a question of choice.

      @ Jason.

      I bought a HTC Desire from Telstra. It is unlocked as well. However, there is a Telstra start up screen to go hand in hand with all their crapware that is listed in the apps list. There is no way of getting these crapware off without rooting the phone, thus invalidating the warranty. Telstra’s idea of “unlocked” is vastly different to the rest of the world. Don’t get me wrong. I like Telstra as my provider but don’t agree with their branding of everything.

  15. Sujay says:

    @ godzilla8888

    Thank goodness I am not the only one who doesn’t like the crpaware. I have one of their HTC Desires and I am unable to remove the crapware without rooting the phone. Rooting voids the warranty so I have to put up with it until the warranty runs out, which is later this year. Telstra should make their crapware optional and not push it onto loyal customers. I think I too will wait for Mobicity to start selling them with no crapware.

  16. Vijay says:

    I wonder if the Telstra sold Xoom units will be eligible for a hardware upgrade from Motorola to support 4G LTE as and when it is available (like the ones sold by Verizon in the States).

  17. Francisco says:

    I hope there will be plans that don’t include data in order to make them cheaper.
    At home I can use Wifi and on the road I can tether my Telstra HTC Desire mobile.
    Also please have a 12 month plan option as well as these things do get outdated very fast and I hate having to wait another 12 months before upgrading..
    I have a HTC Desire with about 14months left of the 24month plan so I cannot get the HTC Desire HD :(
    My 2 cents..

  18. Beredan says:

    My question is with the verizon version of the Xoom being updated today should we expect this update to be pre installed or will we have to wait 2-3 months until telstra go through testing?

  19. Godzilla8888 says:

    What about the SD card problem? Will the release by Telstra have the SD card slot activated? Apparently, the 1st. software update for the Xoom in the US does not resolve this problem!

  20. Jason says:

    Just a ask will telstra be selling the WiFi Only version too without the 3G to Reduce the cost of the outright price.

    another point due to the aussie dollar being great if the price isn’t on par with the overseas markets ill be importing not paying more then i should. hope you keep an open mind telstra ive been impressed so far by switching to you dont disappoint please.

  21. Jason says:

    Not to take anything away from Telstra. But Amazon is selling WIFI Xoom 32GB shipped to AUS for approx $600. Im hoping the pricing will be very competitive. Otherwise i have the feeling everyone will just buy them outright from overseas.

  22. Jason (strik3r) says:

    Well you would think with the Aus dollar at like 1.09 US then we should get it for around 590-600 outright with shipping costs built into that price which lets be honest isn’t that much when you ship a lot of them as a bulk order (WiFi version of course).

    personal unless Telstra have a amazing deal for 3G version ill stick with the WiFi otherwise it will just end up costing way too much on a plan. plus i would like to pay for it outright to begin with.

  23. David says:

    well its early may, give us some good news Wazza!

    Jason, i’ll be going for xoom with 3g on prepaid because of the same concerns you have. 3g is not a major need for me, but for a couple hundred more I think its a good idea to have the capability

  24. Francisco says:

    Well I’ve changed my mind :)
    Will wait for the Asus Eee Pad transformer.
    Check it on you tube

    • Godzilla8888 says:

      I’ve changed my mind too and hoping to get the Asus Eee Pad Transformer when I go to the USA and Canada in 2 weeks time. The SD card slot works without waiting for an update. Hope they are back in stock.

  25. John (Telstra employee) says:

    I can’t wait for the 3G version to be released. I’ve currently go a Samsung Galaxy Tab and I love it but I find the screen a little small. The bigger screen combined with a version of Android designed for a tablet is going to be a winner I think.
    Having e-mail and web surfing on a decent sized screen on the move is fantastic.

  26. venusi says:

    C’mon…it’s May already, Xoom it in

    • godzilla8888 says:

      I did check with a Telstra shop on 31/4 when I heard that Telstra was going to sell the Xoom in May. I was told it has been delayed till end of May.

    • Rod says:

      Some sort of announcement at 4.30pm today. I am awaiting news on the Atrix.

  27. Jason says:

    So this is what i have found today regarding the xoom.

    Telstra will sell the device for the outright price of $840, or customers can also pick it up on either $29, $49 or $79 monthly capped plans, with an additional tablet repayment cost of $25 for the lower plans or $15 for the $79 plan. The plans come with 1GB, 7GB and 12GB of data quota included. The device goes on sale on 24 May. The details were revealed in a press conference in Sydney this afternoon.

    So my understanding is
    Outright is $840
    For the lowest plan @ 24 months with 1GB, Xoom repayments totals $600 + $29 cap totalling $696. This totals the Xoom to $1296

    So i guess paying $54/month giving 1GB will appeal to some if they want data and cant afford to fork out the full amount in one payment. But considering the Xoom can be imported for $600, these plans may turn some people off.

    IMO, I think Telstra needs to rethink their plans.

    • Brendan O'Keefe [T-EX Community Engagement Manager] says:

      Hi Jason. Please check the Motorola XOOM to launch on the Telstra Next G network on 24 May
      Media Release I published this morning.

    • edy says:

      Where can you import a Xoom from overseas for $600 that has wifi *and* 3G?

    • Godzilla8888 says:

      To be fair to Telstra, A$840 outright price is ok. The Xoom is no doubt expensive but it costs US$800 over there, so Telstra is not ripping off the Austrialians by adding a couple of hundred! In contrast, the Acer 10.1″ Iconia is US$449 but retail stores like Bing Lee & Harvey Norman are selling it for A$579 and JB Hifi for A$547. This is the general rip off of Australians by the retailers and they wonder why we buy online from abroad. Thanks, Telstra for not ripping us off in this instance. Having said that, I’m still planning to buy the Asus Eee Pad Transformer as it has a working SD slot.

  28. Jason says:

    Brendan, Thanks for the link. My calculations were correct. Unfortunately for me its too expensive. Although $1296 is over 2 years with 1 GB of data, i believe its not very appealing. Vodafone is offering the galaxy 10.1v for $727 in total whether its outright of 12 months with 1.5GB.
    If Telstra offered the Xoom to be $840 @ 12 months with 1GB data, i would definitely consider.
    I think most people will import the Xoom at $600 AUD shipped and go on prepaid plans.

  29. Cats4Eva says:

    Hi Everyone. Amazon has the Xoom advertised on their website for USD589. With the high AUD, this would equate to AUD589 or lower. So why would anyone pay Telstra AUD840 ? Check it out here :

    • David says:

      warranty for one. posted an interesting article on this this morning.

      also the telstra model is 3g, where as the one you posted is wifi only. If you want wifi only you could have bought it over a month ago

    • Vijay says:

      Cats4Eva and Jason, the prices you are talking about (USD 589/ USD 600) refer to WIFI ONLY version of the Xoom. Telstra is selling the 3G + WiFi version (which is $799 in the States), so please compare apples to apples.

      Godzilla -> The Transformer does look good, esp its screen, however there’s no ETA on the 3G + WiFi version..

    • Cats4Eva says:

      @ Vijay. Thank you for pointing out my silly oversight. However, I still stand by my comment on why pay AUD840 for a Xoom. I have a HTC Desire running on Android 2.2 which is connected to the Optus network with 3GB of data per month. Android 2.2 allows me to share my 3G connection as a WIFI hotspot. So I can connect a Xoom to my HTC via this method. Begs the question on what would necessitate me needing a 3G version of Xoom.

    • Lee says:

      so buy one from the US and send it back there if u have any problems. no ones stopping u.

  30. Coffee says:

    You have a Telstra T-Touch? You poor soul!

  31. edy says:

    Jason, the US$600 device is wifi only …. not 3g. If you check the US price for the wifi and 3g version, you’ll find that they’re about US$800 .. so, AU$849 from Tlestra is still more expensive, but not the hundreds of dollars ripoff that you’re suggesting it is.

    I’m not affilaitied with Telstra -- just comparing apples with apples.

  32. Jason says:

    @edy: Yea i understand we need to compare apples with apples. You are right with Amazon selling at $600 and Telstra 3G at $840. But for $240 more, how many will be willing to pay that much more for 3G? Most people (im guessing) will thether off their phones or wifi at home/shops/restaurants.
    Take galaxy tab for example. the price was so over the top that eventually everyone especially telstra are getting rid of them at $299. Why offer appetizing deals to begin with so every man and dog will have a tablet and sales will go off the roof.

    • David says:

      Most people on this forum are after 3g and are willing to pay the extra $240 for it (or more on the plan). Is telstra even going to stock the wifi only?

      And telstra dropping the price on the Galaxy 7 seemed to happen as soon as they secured the xoom. Makes sense, who is going to buy the Galaxy 7 for $800 when they have the Xoom for $840?

  33. Lee says:

    will it be available at all telstra stores on the 24th or just the big cities? been waiting for this one for a while and local telstra shop seems to know nothing even though its suppose to be released next week. typical of our local telstra shop. zombies.

  34. Glenn Spence says:

    Yeah -- little bit concerned, this launches Monday. Have been to multiple stores, was also just in Melbourne & main store in Burke Stree, also massive mall in Chadstone had no idea about the product. But North Lakes back home in Brisbane had some idea about the product.

    Also have not received any notifcation about my interest about the the tablet from the website.

    Concerning as I want this puppy ASAP.

    • Godzilla8888 says:

      You should wait for the Asus Eee Pad Transformer or buy the Acerbic Tablet currently sold in Oz. I’m in the USA. Spoke to Verizon and they said Motorola still is not able to say when they can get the software fix to activate the SD card slot. I looked at the Xoom. It’s very sleek but very similar to Acer tablet and weighs the same. However, SD card slot works.

  35. David says:

    agreed, what was the point of registering on the website?

  36. Alex says:

    Two comments:

    Is Telstra going to sell the wi-fi only version? All this looks like a terrible monopoly, customers don’t have choices like in other countries, oh wait, there are choices, either you have to pay an overpriced tablet or go with overpriced plans.

    Also why if in the USA the 3G+wifi version costs $799, Telstra are selling it here for $840, which would be the same price that you’d pay if you have the Tablet shipped from the US?

    Sell the wifi version only for 600 dollars and you will have a new costumer. Just charge what is right or at least explain the origin of your $840 dollars price.

    • Godzilla8888 says:

      Alex, to be fair to Telstra, $840 is reasonable. USA price of $800 is before tax. All prices in USA shops are displayed as before tax and you get a shock at the checkout if it’s your 1st. shopping in USA!!!!

    • Alex says:

      Fair enough Godzilla8888,

      I will swallow my words regarding the price.

      But it is the lack of options that really pisses me off. Why they don’t sell as well the wifi only model? Maybe they just want you to sign in one of their data plans. I don’t know.

  37. edy says:

    yay … picked one up today -- bought it outright, with the intent to buy a dataplan from Vodafone (telstra plans very ordinary).

    much to my dismay, on initial boot it prompts me to insert a SIM card to complete the provisioning process. Cant do anything with the device right now! :(

    anyone know if I can bypass this and just use wifi?

  38. Antony says:

    Edy, just stick a sim card in, don’t think it needs to be telstra, though i put a telstra one in mine.
    If your vodafone (im asuming your with voda for ur mobile) sim doesnt get it started, just pop into a telstra shop and ask for an inactive next g sim card (they have 100′s of them) and you should be able to get it up and running

  39. Dario says:

    Can anyone please let me know if Telstra will be releasing the Asus Eee Pad transformer.

  40. Chris says:

    I purchased a XOOM from the Telstra Shop in North Sydney. Within 3 days it stopped connecting to the internet. Taking it back I was told it had somehow lost it’s programming. They programmed it again. 4 days later it died alltogether and wouldn’t start. The staff in the store couldn’t get it working and said thay’d need to send it away for “72″ hrs. 1 1/2 weeks later they called me and said their testing site had found nothing wrong with it and if I wanted to challenge it, it would take another 2 weeks of testing. As far as I am concerned both the Telstra shop in North Sydney and Xoom are useless. I will never purchase items of both again

  41. tom casyy says:

    just wondering what are the australian prices for the motorola xoom tablet? Prices for 16GB Wi-Fi, 32GB Wi-Fi, 64GB Wi-Fi, 16GB Wi-Fi 3G, 32GB Wi-Fi 3G, 64GB Wi-Fi 3G. It’ll be good if you tell me before the upcoming cause this is needed for an commerce assignment. Thanks!

  42. tom casyy says:

    after upcoming i was ment to say monday

    • Sujay V says:

      Hey Tom

      Can’t provide you with a price on all the models you have listed but I can tell you that I bought a 32GB Wifi Only model from Harvey Norman Springvale for $379. JB HiFi also had this model for $375 so that seems to be the going price. However, seeing how Xoom2 is about to be released (not too sure if it has or not), the original Xoom’s may be hard to find. Extremely happy with mine. Just wish Motorola would release Ice Cream Sandwich for it sooner rather than later. Hope this helps.

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