RIM's LTE PlayBook: Better Late Than Never?

The moment a few of you have been waiting for is finally here -- BlackBerry has officially announced a Long Term Evolution (LTE) version of its PlayBook tablet.

The new tablet's specs are the same as previous versions with the exception of the 4G connectivity and HSPA+ fallback. RIM's hometown carrier partners -- BCE Inc. (Bell Canada) (NYSE/Toronto: BCE), Rogers Communications Inc. (Toronto: RCI) and Telus Corp. (NYSE: TU; Toronto: T) -- will be the first to offer the 32GB LTE PlayBook on August 9, but have yet to reveal pricing. The tablet will arrive in the U.S. and other markets "in the coming months," RIM says.

Why this matters
RIM originally promised LTE in the PlayBook over a year ago, but has kept delaying it to the point that it just stopped talking about it altogether. Wi-Fi is still the more popular model for tablets today, but LTE will be table stakes as carriers try to encourage the use of cellular connectivity. At this point, for RIM, however, many consumers may have already lost interest in its tablet, 4G or not.

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— Sarah Reedy, Senior Reporter, Light Reading Mobile

sarahthomas1011 12/5/2012 | 5:24:56 PM
re: RIM's LTE PlayBook: Better Late Than Never?

Wonder why RIM hasn't released the price yet. I would hope they're not going to try to raise it much...althougth they have lowered prices and used promos quite a bit on other versions.

DCITDave 12/5/2012 | 5:24:54 PM
re: RIM's LTE PlayBook: Better Late Than Never?

Bundle it with free, unlimited data from AT&T or Verizon and I will buy three. 

Otherwise, meh.

alandal 12/5/2012 | 5:24:51 PM
re: RIM's LTE PlayBook: Better Late Than Never?

You want free unlimited data, or you want to buy devices (3) for "free"?

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