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Registered: ‎03-03-2011
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Playbook for $199

I see the ad for the Playbook for $199 with links to various stores - Walmart, BestBuy, etc - but when I go to the various sites, the Playbook is being sold for $499+.  How do I get the Playbook for the $199? Do I need some sort of discount code? Please help.

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My Device: Passport • Z30 • Z10 • Torch9850 • Playbook
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Re: Playbook for $199

I am reading that most of those retailers are out of stock at this point, but you might want to actually call the retailer in question and ask why it is not listed at the correct price.

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Posts: 6,473
Registered: ‎12-08-2010
My Device: PlayBook, Z10
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Re: Playbook for $199

Just go direct, and buy from the BlackBerry online store. (That's the Canadian link... you'll want to switch if you're in US, and I'm not sure what you'll do if you're outside N.A.)

 

Best of all, there's a coupon code floating around out there which you can use to get an extra $10 off.

 

I liked this approach since it meant RIM can get more of money, instead of some margin going to places like Staples or Walmart, which have done an incredibly poor job (in my opinion) of actually supporting the thing. Sure, it would have sold better for them if RIM had the 2.0 features back in the summer, but the stores could have tried a bit harder... like maybe having some of the display units functional, updated, and turned on.


Peter Hansen -- (BB10 and dev-related blog posts at http://peterhansen.ca.)
Author of White Noise and Battery Guru for BB10 and for PlayBook | Get more from your battery!
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Registered: ‎11-24-2011
My Device: Playbook 16 gig
My Carrier: Telus

Re: Playbook for $199

I pre-purchased my 16 gig unit at Staples on Thursday and I was advised that there was no guarantee that it would be in before Christmas.  Friday afternoon there was a message to come and pick it up!  I managed to play around with it for a few hours before relinquishing it for Christmas wrapping etc.  I am very impressed with it - can you tell me if they are planning on adding an email client, contacts, and task app as well as the Calendar to the 2.0 OS update.  I don't have a BB smartphone and I do not plan on getting one as I have no need. I am retired now and my cell phone usage is extremely low and basic.  I have several Android tablets and so far hardware wise the PB is tops.  Just need more apps and themes.

 

John

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Re: Playbook for $199

John, those are absolutely things that will be added in the free 2.0 update.  Those features were actually demonstrated at a Toronto "enterprise" conference/seminar of some kind just this past week, and you can find pictures of some of the screens in the various PlayBook review sites and forums.

 

In addition we expect improved video chat features, some amount of USB "host mode" support (to let you attach peripherals, possibly including USB flash drives). There's apparently going to be a new video store feature, and support for Digital Rights Management (DRM) that could support things like Netflix, e-books loaned from libraries, and other things many people have wanted.  I'm sure there will be some other "biggies" as well that aren't covered there.

 

There won't be theme support yet, as far as we know, but I believe it's in the roadmap or at least the design stages.


Peter Hansen -- (BB10 and dev-related blog posts at http://peterhansen.ca.)
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Re: Playbook for $199

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79.99 After all discounts Including $10.00 coupon for 16 gb. I'm so glad I read this post before I invested in a playbook. Thanks for the link!
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Re: Playbook for $199

sorry all its just a case or starter bundle not a playbook.....
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Registered: ‎10-28-2011
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Re: Playbook for $199

Peter, do you have an ETA on the 2.0 update for the blackberry plabook?  It's frustrating not having some of what I would think would be huge apps for playbook, Kindle and Netflicks to name two.  I was going to sell my playbook but since the price dropped it's not worth the effort.  I may just give it to my niece and wait until after Christmas for sales on other tablets.

 

Hopefully the new update will keep me as a playbook owner - if I can hold out longer.

 

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Re: Playbook for $199

They've apparently said February 17 is the date. This is, to my knowledge, the first time they've actually given a precise date about anything associated with the PlayBook except the April 19 release date. They didn't give that date until they knew they were on track to get there... as long as they were still unsure it was just "early 2011", then "first quarter" or maybe "early March", and then "by end of first quarter"...

Once they finally gave a date, they met it. I think that's their approach this time, too. There were early targets of "60 days" for native email, then "summer", "end of summer", "after DevCon", "February 2012". Having an actual date gives me some assurance they're going to be on track with that, for what it's worth.

We're all frustrated... but I have high hopes for 2.0 and I don't think I'll be disappointed this time around.

Peter Hansen -- (BB10 and dev-related blog posts at http://peterhansen.ca.)
Author of White Noise and Battery Guru for BB10 and for PlayBook | Get more from your battery!
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Re: Playbook for $199

Hi, that Canadian site still says 32GB $599.00. Is the sale over?