Originally, the 4G version of the BlackBerry PlayBook tablet was supposed to launch this summer but reports in June seem to hint that it will not come out until fall. Additional, the Wall Street Journal is reporting that Sprint has aborted the WiMax enabled Black Berry PlayBook altogether.
According to Sprint it won’t be brought to the market at all. The underlying cause being that it has not caught on with business customers. Sprint also added that, “There are so many tablets in the market; it creates confusion for the average customer.”
Sprint has had no qualms about indicating that their decision not to carry Black Berry PlayBook with WiMax has nothing to do with its relationship with RIM. Those anticipating getting a 4G-powered BlackBerry PlayBook are out of luck.
Here is RIM’s full statement:
“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”.
The 4G PlayBook continues to struggle to find a carrier among America’s largest carriers.