Verizon evaluating whether to distribute PlayBook

NEW YORK Wed Apr 20, 2011 4:23pm EDT

A sign of Verizon Wireless is seen at its store in Westminster, Colorado April 26, 2009. REUTERS/Rick Wilking

A sign of Verizon Wireless is seen at its store in Westminster, Colorado April 26, 2009.

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NEW YORK (Reuters) - Verizon Wireless is still evaluating whether or not it will distribute the PlayBook tablet computer from Research In Motion, the biggest U.S. mobile operator said on Wednesday.

While BlackBerry maker RIM had said it expected Verizon Wireless to be one of its distribution partners for PlayBook, the company said it has yet to make a decision.

"We're still evaluating the BlackBerry Playbook and have not made a determination as to whether we're going to distribute it," Verizon Wireless Spokeswoman Brenda Raney said.

The comment came the day after PlayBook launched at North American electronics retailers. Verizon Wireless is a venture of Verizon Communications Inc and Vodafone Group Plc.

(Reporting by Sinead Carew; editing by Carol Bishopric)

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vow… now that arrogant blackberry ceo takes this somewhere…

Apr 20, 2011 4:42pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Unsean wrote:
I suspect, based upon early reviews of the Playbook, that it’s a device that is best suited for playing with yourself, because it lacks the sheer number and variety of applications offered by more established players like Apple (iPad) and Google (various Android-based tablets).

The question is: Will developers flock to the Playbook in enough numbers to build up the number of apps for the device?

Though another question, off the top of my head, is why anyone would release a tablet that doesn’t have a way of getting email, short of using a Blackberry and a bridging app, that is.

Apr 20, 2011 8:54pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
socratesfoot wrote:
Waste of time for Verizon, this thing is DoA. But if they don’t, RIM is dead because AT&T won’t allow tethering. So Blackberry may actually have to pay them to distribute the thing.

Apr 21, 2011 8:21am EDT  --  Report as abuse
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