BlackBerry PlayBook fire sale spreads to UK

 

By Posted 5 Jan 2012, 17:42

BlackBerry maker RIM had a tough time last year with a dwindling market share and talks of sell offs from share holders. Their troubles were compounded by the low interest in its new tablet PC the PlayBook. A few days ago we told you about the company offering the device cheaply in the US, and now the BlackBerry PlayBook fire sale spreads across the pond to the UK.

Now consumers in the UK can pick the PlayBook for as low as £169 for the 16GB version, and according to TechRadar the 32GB model will only set you back a further £30. Retailers are also offering the 64GB model for £329.

Retailers such as the Carphone Warehouse and PC World are both offering the device at the reduced prices, but it is not quite as good as in the US where you can pick up any of the three models for only $299.99.

The BlackBerry tablet PC has only been available for around seven months, and when it first launched in the UK the entry level model would have set you back £399. It now seems that RIM are hoping to achieve something similar to what HP did with the TouchPad, and shift unwanted stock.

This follows the news that Sony recently dropped the price of the Tablet S, and comes as the market sees competition heating up following the release of the $199 Kindle Fire. The PlayBook doesn’t have the greatest collection of apps, but some users do manage to get Android apps onto the tablet.

Will you now purchase the BlackBerry PlayBook?