At Australian launch Telstra had first dibs on Motorola's Xoom tablet, but late last week Optus also announced its own deals for the Honeycomb-sporting tablet. How do its prices compare?
Optus is offering a wide range of pricing options. If you want to spread the purchase cost over a 24-month contract, you'll pay $49.95 for a 4GB a month plan, $54.95 for an 8GB plan, or $59.95 for a 10GB plan. There's also an option for a 12-month plan, though that increases the monthly repayments. You can also buy the device up front and have lower monthly repayments. On a 12-month contract, $649.00 upfront plus $29.95 a month gets 4GB of data; $499 plus $39.95 a month gets 8GB; $399 plus $59.95 a month gets 10GB. On a 24-month plan, the upfront prices drop. By comparison, Telstra's pricing is somewhat higher and its caps less generous, though it does have one potential advantage: an outright buy price of $840. There's no contract option other than a 24-month deal. $54 a month (including handset repayments) gets you a plan with 1GB of data; $74 a month ups that to 7GB, and $94 a month increases the total to 12GB. As ever, reception and usage will be an important factor in making your own decision; there's no point paying for large data volumes if you can't get good reception, and there's no point buying a large bundle if a lot of use will be on your home or office Wi-Fi network.