RIM BlackBerry PlayBook tablet could be headed to AT&T’s 3G network in March or April. In addition, an LTE 4G PlayBook could launch soon after, according to rumors first reported on the CIO.com blog.
To date, RIM has not commented on a specific release date for either the Wi-Fi BlackBerry PlayBook, or the BlackBerry 4G PlayBook coming to the Sprint WiMAX network this summer.
The Wi-Fi BlackBerry PlayBook, which can also tether to a BlackBerry smartphone through BlackBerry Bridge and act as an extension of the handset, is officially slated for a Q1 release. An RIM rep told TabletPCReview to “hold your breath” when asked when the tablet will ship, suggesting the PlayBook will arrive sooner rather than later.
RIM reps also had no comment on exactly how a 4G or 3G BlackBerry PlayBook would operate, if it would have the same tethering abilities of the Wi-Fi model, when asked at a recent meeting with analysts and press in Boston.