BlackBerry PlayBook Tablet Arrives. But, AT&T Customers are in for an Annoying Surprise

RIM’s answer to the iPad, the BlackBerry PlayBook, is available now. The 16, 32 and 64GB models are priced the same as the WiFi-only iPad models: $500, $600 and $700. Its 7-inch display is quite a bit smaller than the iPad’s 9.7-inch one. However, while I feel the smaller size is a plus, I wonder if consumers in general will feel that a device with a smaller display should be priced less than a device with a bigger display. The PlayBook’s other quirk is that it has a symbiotic relationship with the BlackBerry phones. It depends on the phone for email an calendar features, for example.

BlackBerry PlayBook now on sale in the US and Canada, starting at $500 with 16GB of storage

And, oh yes, it appears to have one more little issue if you try to use it with a BlackBerry phone on AT&T.

BlackBerry Bridge not available on AT&T… AT&T Blocking It Due to Free Tethering via BlackBerry Bridge?! (CrackBerry.com)

Yes, that is correct. You can’t (easily) pair a BlackBerry phone on AT&T with the PlayBook.

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