11-23-2011 01:03 PM
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.
11-23-2011 03:11 PM
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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11-25-2011 06:59 PM
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.
11-26-2011 11:53 AM
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.
11-26-2011 01:46 PM
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.
11-26-2011 02:50 PM - edited 11-26-2011 03:00 PM
11-28-2011 05:13 PM
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.
11-28-2011 05:21 PM