Motorola Xyboard tablets hide GSM/WCDMA support, will be SIM locked for all US carriers


Verizon and Motorola announced two DROID Xyboard tablets today, and both devices quickly won FCC approval (1, 2).  While Verizon appears to have exclusive rights to the Xyboard for now, FCC test reports show that both devices actually have GSM/WCDMA capabilities, meaning that the Xyboards may eventually appear on GSM carriers such as AT&T or T-Mobile in the US.  According to the note above, the GSM/WCDMA capabilities are disabled by firmware on the Verizon version of the Xyboard, which suggests that GSM/WCDMA functionality can be turned on with a firmware update. 

Test reports also note that the Xyboards are SIM locked for all US operators.  However, we’d expect that unlocked GSM versions of the Xyboard will eventually make their way to the US through cell phone importers, a similar situation as the Motorola DROID RAZR.



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