BlackBerry PlayBook to get email app within two months

BlackBerry PlayBook to get email app within two months
A smartphone or tablet without a dedicated email client is the epitome of 'half-cocked'. But RIM's PlayBook, available April 19, isn't being billed as a standalone device...yet. In an interview with the Wall Street Journal, RIM co-CEO Jim Balsillie defended the PlayBook from its recent critical reviews.

Walt Mossberg of the Wall Street Journal recently described the PlayBook as "codependent", in that it depends on a BlackBerry smartphone in order to access email, contacts, the calendar, memos, and BBM. But Balsillie defended the Bridge system as a security measure for enterprise clients, rather than a failure to fully develop the device.

Luckily, Balsillie didn't just blindly defend the PlayBook's debatable shortcomings. He guaranteed that the PlayBook would be receiving a standalone email app within the next 60 days, which should coincide with the release of the 3G and 4G PlayBook models.

If you've ever had a BlackBerry, you know that they charge their own fee for service. Balsillie described the PlayBook as a "free extension" of BlackBerry service. We assume that only applies to BlackBerry smartphone owners. If you're smartphone isn't a BlackBerry, we imagine you'll pay the standard Client Access License fees for your PlayBook.

source: Wall Street Journal via IntoMobile

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9 Comments

1. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

yea.. QNX has some definite high points to the software.. But the fact that a BLACKBERRY device doesnt have EMAIL is beyond comprehension.. Really?! REEEAALY?!?!?! lol Next up, Apple forgets to put the app store in iOS5 and Google starts using Bing as its search engine.. lololol

2. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

REALLY!? 0.0 didint XOOM showed us something? does it ring any bells?

3. phone333

Posts: 331; Member since: Feb 04, 2009

Am I the only one that thinks it's SUPER FUNNY that a Blackberry device doesn't have an email app ???

4. GetOverIt unregistered

OK people. . . let's all get a clue. 1. you can use the browser for any web mail--gmail, hotmail, yahoo, etc. . . which most of us probably use. 2. there are and will be more third party email clients. . . . think about that for a minute. 3. unlike other tablets and smartphones RIM has exceptional security for their email and want to make sure that they do it right on their NEW OS for the PlayBook. . . so stop your bitching and get over it.

5. Fanboys Suck

Posts: 609; Member since: Dec 12, 2008

Third party email and web-based email pales in comparison to the Blackberry Email Technology they are known for. Why on earth would RIM release any device without their patented email capabilities? Sure they are concerned with security, but what do they have to lose by spending a little extra time in perfecting their device? It's not like they need to rush this out to win customers- they are already late to the tablet game. I, along with many other people, were very excited to hear about the Playbook. Once I found out it was not releasing with the native email and BBM, I lost total interest. Until they fix this problem, I will not buy this. Bad move RIM... and, GetOverIt, you are a moron

8. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

i think they rushed an incomplete tablet to the market to not be left behind. Im sorry, but as an exec, i would have pushed it back a month to make sure it was complete and get the biggest "launch bang" i could. Instead they launch an incomplete product that is lacking in the most fundamental blackberry functions there is. And its a laughing joke. They have only shot themselves in the foot. I think its time for new management of RIM. Years of these out of touch wackos is sinking the company.

6. snowgator

Posts: 3614; Member since: Jan 19, 2011

Now that we all have a clue..... Allow me just to jump on the bandwagon- You release a tablet you have been bragging about and dropping hints about since late last year. From what most of the chatter heard from the "crackberry" crowd, it is going to be the basis of the next upgrade to your OS as well as the hardware blueprint for next set of phones. Every consumer, even ones who do not own or want Blackberry devices, are hoping you succeed. The first thing that happens when you release it? "Well, in couple more months, we will send you an upgrade...." So, in a couple more months, you could have released it with all the good stuff? Hmmmmmm..... no mental problems with THESE decisions.

9. TheFunnyMan

Posts: 77; Member since: Jan 26, 2011

RIM is a company who makes its money from email. Walk into any cell phone store and ask for a BlackBerry. I can promise you the salesman/women will ask you if you do a lot of emailing. The fact that RIM A) can't release a tablet on time (this was announced well before even the Samsung Galaxy Tab) and B) they can't even get the one app on it that you would expect to see from RIM tells me that this company is going downhill very, very quickly. If you own RIM stock, sell it while its high

7. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

And the PlayBook is... too little, too soon. Maybe it was RIM's attempt to move some of their handsets at the same time?

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