BlackBerry PlayBook 4G? Sprint Says No Thanks

Greg Bensinger, The Wall Street Journal:

Research In Motion’s tablet hopes were dealt another blow as Sprint Nextel said it canceled plans to sell a version of the BlackBerry PlayBook tablet on its speedier network.

Back in January Sprint said yes to a PlayBook that runs on its 4G network. The reasons for weaseling out? Business customers are ho-hum, and the tablet market is too crowded confusing average customers. Paget Alves, Sprint business markets group president:

It’s an interesting concept, it just hasn’t caught on with business customers as much as they would like. There are so many tablets in the market, it creates confusion for the average customer.

Overall response, whether from business or not, has been lukewarm. That’s true. But references to a crowded tablet market or confused customers are nonsense.

There are four platform choices: Apple’s iPad, an Android tablet, HP’s TouchPad, or RIM’s BlackBerry PlayBook. And when you look at who is buying what, 61% bought iPads in the second quarter. They don’t look confused to me. What’s the real reason? Sprint thinks the PlayBook sucks.

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