Sprint’s Playbook Play: CANCELLED

Posted on Aug 12 2011 - 3:36pm by Kyle

The Silicon Alley Insider is reporting, by way of the Wall Street Journal, that Sprint has decided to cancel plans for a 4G Blackberry Playbook.

The Blackberry Playbook 4G has been rumored for the last 6 months and was supposed to come out this summer.  After a bunch of delays, Sprint has officially pulled the plug.

Sprint’s President of it’s market groups, Paget Alves told the Wall Street Journal “It’s an interesting concept, it just hasn’t caught on with business customers as much as they would like,”

RIM’s Blackberry Playbook is a nice piece of hardware however Blackberry as a whole has suffered in sales and appeal as Android and iOS have passed them by in regards to smart devices.  In the original Wi-Fi version RIM didn’t include a native email app and instead required a bridge between a Blackberry smartphone and the tablet itself. The supposed 4G version was supposed to solve this problem.

Sprint has continued to make good on it’s commitment to Android. Motorola and Sprint recently announced a renewed partnership which has included devices like the Motorola Photon 4G and the Motorola Triumph.  Sprint has a 4G Android tablet in HTC’s Evo View 4G which has access to Sprint’s 4G/Wimax network.  According to sources Sprint also has 2 more Android powered 4G tablets to debut before the holidays.

Source: SAI

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    This is unfortunate news for everyone who was in fact anticipating on getting a 4G PlayBook, maybe another carrier will come on board and RIM will still release one at some point later on.