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January 06, 2011

Sprint to Release 4G Version of RIM's Blackberry PlayBook

Whenever an announcement leaks of an anticipated smartphone or tablet, the question always remains regarding what service provider will be the one to carry it. With most consumers staying loyal to one carrier and its never-ending two-year agreement, subscribers can only hope that the gadget they have their eyes on will end up being provided by their carrier, but many times this doesn’t end up being the case.

Fortunately, with the popularity of some smartphones and tablets, like those operating on the Android OS or the always in-demand Blackberry devices, they will be offered on more than one carrier, while other devices like the iPhone (News - Alert) are only available exclusively through AT&T.

There hasn’t been much word on other carriers carrying the PlayBook yet besides Sprint, however, anything is possible in 2011, which by the developments announced at CES (News - Alert), appears to be the year of the tablet.

Since the announcement of RIM’s PlayBook back in September 2010, Blackberry fans have been waiting for new developments in the product’s launch.

According to Yahoo News, wireless carrier Sprint Nextel Corporation will offer a version of RIM’s BlackBerry (News - Alert) PlayBook tablet that runs on Sprint's next-generation network.

The PlayBook is geared toward the business professional and will include a touch screen that is smaller than that on Apple (News - Alert) iPad.

In leiu of CES this week, Research in Motion has posted two new videos of its new PlayBook tablet device on its official blog, one of them showcasing rich multimedia content – video, gaming and social networking – on the device, according to a recent TMCnet report.

Although a price for the PlayBook has still yet to be announced, rumor has it the RIM tablet will start around $399 and will be released sometime this summer. Stay tuned to RIM’s Fixed Mobile Convergence community exclusively on TMCnet for all the latest developments on the Playbook tablet and additional Blackberry and mobile news.  

Stefanie Mosca is a Web editor for TMCnet. Previously she worked as a freelance copy editor for Digital Surgeons LLC. She holds a master's degree in journalism from Quinnipiac University and a bachelor's degree in communication from the University of New Haven. To read more of her articles, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Stefanie Mosca

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