BlackBerry PlayBook

If you've been eagerly anticipating the arrival of the WiMAX-enabled BlackBerry PlayBook on Sprint, your wait has finally come to an end. No, the 4G tablet isn't available starting today; the reason that the wait is over is that Sprint has announced that it no longer plans to carry the device. Speaking with The Wall Street Journal, Sprint explained that the 4G PlayBook "[is] an interesting concept, it just hasn't caught on with business customers as much as they would like." Sprint also pointed to the ever-growing tablet market as a reason for the device's shelving, saying that the sheer number of slates available has created confusion among customers.

This news is definitely disappointing for both RIM and Sprint customers that have been waiting for the WiMAX PlayBook since its reveal in January. The PlayBook hasn't really been able to catch fire with consumers since its launch in mid-April, and although a version of the PlayBook with Sprint 4G likely may not have caused a sales explosion, the decision to give the WiMAX PlayBook the axe certainly isn't going to help the situation. RIM said earlier this year that the PlayBook would be coming in both HSPA+ and LTE varieties, but there's still no word on when or if those devices will be coming to market.

UPDATE: RIM has issued a statement saying that it's currently hard at work testing an LTE-enabled PlayBook and that it plans to get network certifications for that device this fall. The full statement from RIM:

"RIM has decided to prioritize and focus its 4G development resources on LTE. We remain excited and committed to delivering innovative and powerful 4G tablets to the US market together with our carrier partners. Testing of BlackBerry 4G PlayBook models is already underway and we plan to enter labs for network certifications in the US and other international markets this fall."

Via WSJ, Business Insider

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Robert Centennial All the idiots on crack berry are blaming sprint. Sprint is saying wifi sales better, yet I bet they would suck Steve jobs peepee on CNN just for the old iPad 1.
Prabu Rajagopalan of course it was!! playbook is sooooo dumb
Siddharth Krishna Dwivedi YES Playbook is actually the american way of sayin work-tablet but the world took it for a breakthrough tablet and gamin device and was sheerly disappointed.
Albert Tavarez Yes, it won't sell
Basil Mahmud I have the Galaxy Tab 10.1! Waaaaay better for the same price! Playbook is too expensive for 7"
Robert Centennial Just let them die. They are releasing products with specs that are a year old. They call their 6.1 7.0 to try and make it seem like its a new os. They suck and need to make room for android, ios, and wp7. Die shitberry die
Jason King Yes ... They have been doing good why mess up now ..
Nathan Shoup What is this Blackberry they speak of? Is it kin to the blueberry?
Jimmie Draper They would be smart to add an Iphone to their line up
Kevin Schmalz Blackberry's suck!! Get an iPhone!
Steve Doré If they carry black berry phones no
Christopher Wesley Yes. No point in having a product that won't sell in their stores.
Robert Centennial The only people that think blackberry is good are on crack berry.com. The rest of the world has moved on
Nathan Crenshaw Suck a fat one
Foryasoul Nance When r these hoes gonna learn iPad rules Dam it !!
Doug Springer A very smart move indeed!
Everett C W Byrd No way, now thy can't bid for govt contracts which is a growing job sector.
Geo Foreal Blackberry? That ancient thing?? Lol yes pass is good.
Michael Diaz Yes cuz it sucks
Mike Carrion Yes, Blackberry is dead.
Christopher Percy Lolololol, Blackberry...
Leon Digidude Lionheart Yes very smart idea since you need a BlackBerry phone as well just for email and stuff to work.
Konner Shea yup. thing sucked
Gordon Christie Yep I saw it at carphone warehouse pretty poor I hear you need them phone too so it works
Joe Czo Yes they learned their lesson with the htc evo view and the galaxy tab. I don't want a two year agreement with a carrier for just a tablet. With my cell phone bill is enough.
Derrico Brown Heck yeah. It would have been a waste of time, space, and inventory if they would have released it. The cheaper wi-Fi models didn't sell good, so why would the 4G models sell? RIM hyped it up to be the best tablet, and it was a fail
Robert Centennial Yes that thing is half baked nonsense you can do more on a year old samsung galaxy tab 7 inch
Pete Honan Yes. I had and returned it. Battery lasted an hour.
Kyle Miller duh. YES

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