Telus inventory hints at discontinuation of RIM PlayBook

Telus inventory hints at discontinuation of RIM PlayBook
Telus inventory hints at discontinuation of RIM PlayBook
The BlackBerry PlayBook will no longer be offered in Canada from at least one carrier

More bad news may be coming for the BlackBerry PlayBook as if low sales and steep discounts months after release weren’t enough.

Canadian mobile review site mobilesyrup has discovered that telecommunications provider Telus will not continue to hold 16GB RIM PlayBooks in stock, likely due to lower than expected sales. In fact, the leak suggests that the tablet may be discontinued altogether by November 8th.

Of course, the possible discontinuation can be seen from multiple angles. It is entirely possible that only Telus will stop selling the tablet while other service providers may continue to offer the PlayBook as an option.  It could also signify that Telus may be ready to receive newer PlayBook models from RIM should they be in the works. Rumors of a 10-inch PlayBook and even a white model have already been shot down.

Still, RIM has vowed its commitment to the PlayBook even though its sales performance has been less than stellar so far. The upcoming 2.0 software update is expected to boost usability and include compatibility with Android apps. Exactly what new tablets RIM may have down the road beyond LTE and HSPA+ PlayBook models have yet to be officially announced.

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Author: Allen Ngo, 2011-10-18 (Update: 2012-05-26)