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gandre
Posts: 34
Registered: ‎04-22-2011
My Device: Blackberry Curve 8900 Bridged to the Playbook 32GB
My Carrier: AT&T

Re: Does anyone else feel ripped off?

Sorry to see everyone rush out to return their PB. Agreed, RIM's PlayBook has issues, but like all technology it will have bugs until it gets a software patch and future upgrades. I am sticking with the RIM PB until the end as it is a solid platform and will continue to help RIM in a small way to work out the bugs. I want it to work smoothly, but it isn't ... yet! I want a catalog rich with apps, but it isn't ... yet. But it will ... in time. So, to help me satisfy my ravenous tablet desires, I will also purchase the Motorola Xoom to take advantage of the numerous Android Apps that are currently available for download online. I am satisfied that RIM will work things out in time and that the PlayBook will become an awesome business tool.... but in the meantime, I will PLAY with the Motorola Xoom to help me pass my time.
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JSanders
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Registered: ‎04-01-2008
My Device: Z30 • Z10 • Torch9850 • Playbook
My Carrier: Verizon

Re: Does anyone else feel ripped off?

I won't be returning mine.
Too much great, very little bad.
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tboyd
Posts: 123
Registered: ‎04-25-2011
My Device: 8530 curve
My Carrier: cellular south

Re: Does anyone else feel ripped off?

 
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tboyd
Posts: 123
Registered: ‎04-25-2011
My Device: 8530 curve
My Carrier: cellular south

Re: Does anyone else feel ripped off?

I’ve been thinking about what I had before the Playbook. A Smartphone with email, calendar, tasks, BBM, and web browsing with a small screen and numerous applications. Now with Playbook I’ve got my Smartphone email, calendar and tasks on the Playbook big screen. I’ve got web access browsing through bridge from anywhere on my Playbook big screen. I’ve got web access browsing via. Wifi on my Playbook. I’ve got some really good applications on my Playbook. The Weather applications is great. I’ve got full versions of Documents to Go so I can open all my Office documents. I’ve got front and rear camera/video. I could go on and on, the Playbook has really enhanced my mobile experience. Are they things that are not working properly, YES. When RIM gets this stuff working I am going to have the best wireless setup in the industry. I haven’t been ripped off, even with its flaws I can do so much more now.  

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knottyrope
Posts: 29,671
Registered: ‎06-25-2008
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I'm rockin the BlackBerry Z30, Z10, Q10, BlackBerry Mini Stereo Speaker, 64 gig PlayBook, BlackBerry Wireless Headset HS-700

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Re: Does anyone else feel ripped off?

WOW, there are lots of pros and cons here.

 

I didnt expect PlayBook fully replace any thing, I have a laptop and a Torch already. My problem is holding my laptop as it is huge. My torch does many things but no Flash Support. The PlayBook comes into the middle of both and enhances my Torch like a giant Viagra pill.

 

As for apps, there are plenty out there and more are coming in every day.

 

you dont need 300000 crappy apps, just good ones that work everytime.

 

There might be a few weird things for supported stuff, but not many manufatures can have it all ready for a new device. it just isnt going to happen.

 

ok,  I am done, time to play some more games on PlayBook.

 




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beeeerock
Posts: 41
Registered: ‎04-24-2011
My Device: Z10 and PlayBook (sadly)
My Carrier: Rogers

Re: Does anyone else feel ripped off?

You know what was the final impetus to buy mine? Something that hasn't been mentioned yet... the ability to use my data plan WITHOUT paying more for the privilege! I've seen some carriers offering 'deals' to add additional mobile devices to your plan for, say, $10 a month. Seems like a deal when compared with a full blown plan... but $120 a year to use the data you're already paid for??!! Hmm...

Until they decide to screw us on that, the PB has the advantage... unless you have a phone with a wifi access point in it. That feature is what tipped the balance in favour of the PB over the iPad, Xoom etc., for me anyway.

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gandre
Posts: 34
Registered: ‎04-22-2011
My Device: Blackberry Curve 8900 Bridged to the Playbook 32GB
My Carrier: AT&T

Re: Does anyone else feel ripped off?

If you are with AT&T you will end up paying $15.00 more a month in order to tether your BB with your PB. I had the BB Personal Data Plan for $30.00 a month, but had to upgrade to the DataPro 4GB Plan with Tethering for $45.00 a month. An additional $15.00 more per month.
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scocam
Posts: 87
Registered: ‎04-28-2011
My Device: Playbook 16
My Carrier: alaint

Re: Does anyone else feel ripped off?

the titl;e of this thread should have been worded differntly..."ripped off" is a strong statement and teh PB is anb outstanding formfactor dispite teh drawbacks...however what I need it to do does not....so keeping until RIM decides to implement or not implement certain features is not practical in my case...for others it would be different.

 

I returned mine becasue of teh 2 faults that shoudl ahve been part of the package from the start....but are not. Hopefuly they will be but my gut feeling is RIM will not allow skype to be accessible to the PB...why woudl they..even though they published it att eh Trade shouw showing Skype.

 

Silverlight shoiydl have been ported to PB before RIM launch PB...RIM claims the best web experience of all tablets but they failed here, maybe it will be be added, hopefully so.

 

 

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beeeerock
Posts: 41
Registered: ‎04-24-2011
My Device: Z10 and PlayBook (sadly)
My Carrier: Rogers

Re: Does anyone else feel ripped off?

gandre, I'm with Rogers. They have a deal allowing you to add devices for $10/month at the moment.

As far as I can see, tethering isn't needed unless you use something other than the bridge browser, email etc. You'd need it for any of the other web apps though. My current plan lets me tether at no extra charge. That might change, but for now I'm taking advantage of that. Data is so ridiculously over-priced up here, there might be a civil uprising if the cell providers tried to gouge us any deeper....
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gandre
Posts: 34
Registered: ‎04-22-2011
My Device: Blackberry Curve 8900 Bridged to the Playbook 32GB
My Carrier: AT&T

Re: Does anyone else feel ripped off?

It's great that your with Rogers. I believe that they are the only carrier at the moment that doesn't charge for tethering services. At the beginning I was having trouble tethering until I stumbled across a support forum at www.crackberry.com that mentioned that tethering was currently FREE with Rogers, but AT&T charges for this service, as well as a few of the other carriers. AT&T also charges $10.00 to add a device on a new line, but since the PB is used on the same line as my Curve 8900, they couldn't charge me for a new line, but they zap me with a $15.00 charge just to tether. It's criminal. I already had an unlimited data plan for $30.00 a month with my phone, and it shouldn't cost me an extra $15.00 more simply to tether this data into a device that makes is easier for me to use and manipulate that data.
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