18 Jul 2011

RIM has ‘no plan’ to discontinue WiFi PlayBook



There was a little scuttlebutt this morning about RIM potentially discontinuing the WiFi-only version of its BlackBerry PlayBook but the company is quickly trying to put out that fire.
The rumor stemmed from an analyst who said the company might stop making the WiFi-only BlackBerry PlayBook in favor of working on carrier deals for the PlayBook 4G and other carrier-friendly tablets. The story was first reported and tweeted out by BGR.

In a tweet to BGR, the official RIM account said, “@BGR Pure fiction. No plan to discontinue. In fact, WiFi PlayBook is launching in new countries practically every week.”
If you believe RIM (and I do), that should be a good sign that we should be able to get this and future versions of the PlayBook without a cellular connection built in. I’d look for it to also work on versions that have mobile connectivity built in so that we don’t always have to rely on Bridge too. Apple’s iPad has shown us that tablets can succeed in a WiFi-only version and one with cellular connectivity.

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