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RIM confirms US fire sale of BlackBerry PlayBook, another failure?

A few days ago we gave you the news that the BlackBerry PlayBook was set to be heavily discounted in various retailers over in Canada. Today we now have news that RIM confirms a US fire sale of the BlackBerry PlayBook as well, and it makes you wonder if we have another tablet failure.

According to an article over at Electronista RIM have confirmed that the device will be available in the US for only $199 at a number of different retailers. These include Best Buy, Radio Shack, Staples, Walmart, Office Depot and Office Max. Carriers such as Sprint and Cincinnati Bell all also slashing the price of the tablet PC by $300 and will now begin at $199.

This promotion has been listed as lasting for a limited time, but could last until the same time as that in Canada that is December 1st. In Canada it is thought the lower price will return at some point permanently. At the time of writing the retailers have not altered their prices online, and comes a few weeks after a price reduction to $300.

The PlayBook has recently come under increased competition with the release of the Amazon Kindle Fire, which is even based on the PlayBook’s hardware. It just has a lower 8GB of storage and a different build quality.

RIM has suffered problems with the PlayBook ever since it was launched, with many thinking the device was rushed to the market to compete with the iPad. But the lack of such features as the native email and calendars haven’t helped, and the software update keeps getting delayed.

Will these lower prices tempt you to get the BlackBerry PlayBook?

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Written by Gary Johnson

Gary has a background in engineering and passion for motorcycles, gadgets, and home cinema. In his early years, his obsession for Hi-Fi technology would see him creating the perfect setup with a good ear for sound quality. While Gary is keen to write about most topics that PR covers, his love for phones finds him reporting a lot of news about applications for iPhone, Android, and other popular operating systems

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