RIM Giving Away PlayBook Tablets With Enterprise Server v.5 Purchase

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News Posted: Sat, Nov 26 2011 10:57 PM
Well, this is strange. In a year that saw HP sell whatever TouchPad tablets were left for just $99, RIM is also seemingly trying to think of creative ways to get rid of their leftover BlackBerry PlayBook slates. In a world ruled by the iPad, the PlayBook never really stood a chance. It was engineered to only truly work well with BlackBerry users, which is a pretty small population globally. It also shipped without a true e-mail client; a huge no-no when launching a tablet against the iPad.


Now, enterprise buyers who grab a copy of BlackBerry Enterprise Server v.5 will get a 16GB PlayBook for nothing. Free. Zilch. You'll need to buy a copy before 12/31 to take advantage, but who knows -- maybe if no one takes advantage, you'll get two slates for buying a copy next year.
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AKwyn replied on Sun, Nov 27 2011 3:05 AM

Well... At least they can make some money back by selling their Enterprise software. For Blackberry, it makes more sense then selling them at a lower price then expected and also might get some new customers onboard...

Still, they should have found a better way to sell the PlayBook to the consumer market.

 

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gazd1 replied on Sun, Nov 27 2011 7:42 AM

In one way it's good that this economic downturn is still getting worse, because now we'll be able to get all these unwanted products that have been made for a cheaper price or even next to nothing with them being added to other product sales as an incentive to buy.

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gloriad1 replied on Sun, Nov 27 2011 11:48 AM

Yeah! Lets hope that these prices will come down further and that we'll get more freebies.

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jonation replied on Sun, Nov 27 2011 1:08 PM

they need more room in the warehouse

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Manduh replied on Sun, Nov 27 2011 5:54 PM

This is a pretty great deal for those already planning to get the BB Enterprise Server for sure but I don't think it will lure new buyers in, sry BB, I could be wrong though - it does happen LoL

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digitaldd replied on Tue, Nov 29 2011 2:05 PM

Manduh:

This is a pretty great deal for those already planning to get the BB Enterprise Server for sure but I don't think it will lure new buyers in, sry BB, I could be wrong though - it does happen LoL

I think you are right-on here, even an upgrade license is about $800 for BES a full version is about $3500. So they throw in a $400-500 playbook tablet for free its not that big a deal. It was a much bigger deal that they were offering their own employees the playbook tablets for I think it was $99.

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Manduh replied on Tue, Nov 29 2011 8:58 PM

WOWSERS!! I had no idea it cost THAT much!!! That's crazy!

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