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Someone buys a BlackBerry PlayBook 4G on eBay

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Someone buys a BlackBerry PlayBook 4G on eBay
A guy looking to buy a BlackBerry PlayBook for his wife, spotted one for sale on eBay. The eBay listing said that the device would not boot up, but the buyer bought it thinking that he would be able to fix the problem. So far, so good. When the unit arrived, the buyer was a little stunned because what he had purchased was a BlackBerry PlayBook 4G Evaluation Unit.

BlackBerry PlayBook 4G

BlackBerry PlayBook 4G

It is not a secret that a 4G edition of the 7 inch BlackBerry tablet was being worked on by RIM. It was even introduced a year ago when Co-CEO Mike Larzaridis said it would be launched in the second half of last year. We also told you that 4G icons for the PlayBook had been discovered in the Playbook 2.0 developer beta. Unfortunately though, this model remained bricked, most likely when the original owner tried to update it with PlayBook 2.0. And in case you were wondering, the unit was sold on eBay "as is".

The buyer isn't so much worried about the money he lost. His main concern is that he purchased a stolen device and soon will be wearing prison garb and getting three squares a day courtesy of the taxpayers. In case you are wondering, the tablet does say, "Property of Research in Motion Limited" Evaluation Unit. Not for sale or lease."

source: Crackberry

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posted on 02 Mar 2012, 23:31 2

1. GeekMovement (unregistered)

it's gotta be from the truck of stolen bb playbooks a while back...

posted on 02 Mar 2012, 23:38 4

2. Droid800 (Posts: 22; Member since: 23 Jan 2012)

Easy solution: contact RIM and offer to give it back. Since the buyer clearly wanted a Playbook (and since its now publicized), RIM will probably just trade his for a retail version.

posted on 02 Mar 2012, 23:38

3. theBankRobber (Posts: 682; Member since: 22 Sep 2011)

Could have been a dev unit

posted on 03 Mar 2012, 12:16

10. LoneShaolin (Posts: 307; Member since: 14 Jan 2012)

"the buyer was a little stunned because what he had purchased was a BlackBerry PlayBook 4G Evaluation Unit"

Did you miss this part? Or is reading comprehension > you?

posted on 02 Mar 2012, 23:41 9

4. Whateverman (Posts: 3284; Member since: 17 May 2009)

Someone bought a Playbook???

posted on 03 Mar 2012, 01:58 2

7. threeline (Posts: 267; Member since: 11 Sep 2011)

I agree! Who gives a rats a** about RIM.

posted on 02 Mar 2012, 23:55

5. squallz506 (banned) (Posts: 1075; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)

what carrier would pick up the playbook?

posted on 03 Mar 2012, 09:10

8. T00muchF00D (Posts: 98; Member since: 27 Nov 2011)

So I take it that you dont live in the United States, right? About a year ago was and ITHINK still is offering the Playbook

posted on 03 Mar 2012, 10:50 3

9. lsutigers (Posts: 821; Member since: 08 Mar 2009)

I believe Sprint and Verizon both offered the Playbook WiFi and at least Sprint had committed to releasing a Playbook 4G with WiMax, that was until they decided to change to LTE. If recent Playbook sales meet RIM's expectations, they may move forward with releasing an LTE Playbook in the future. OS2.0 is much better than the previous version. And with Android apps, it has a lot of potential. Besides, where else can you get a tablet with Playbook specs for under $200.

1GHz TI OMAP Processor
Dual 1080p cameras 5mp rear and 2mp or 3mp front
Slick OS with awesome multitasking
Excellent build quality
7" form factor is great for portability (some prefer 10", I know)

I bought a 16GB from Sprint for $199 and it is an excellent little tab to carry around and do just about anything.

posted on 03 Mar 2012, 13:11

12. BuckeyeCadet86 (Posts: 78; Member since: 26 Oct 2011)

Verizon never decided to pick up the playbook. They made all the employees do the most ridiculous training but didn't ever carry it

posted on 03 Mar 2012, 00:44

6. joey18 (Posts: 597; Member since: 20 Jul 2010)

Kindle fire

posted on 03 Mar 2012, 12:19

11. LoneShaolin (Posts: 307; Member since: 14 Jan 2012)

^^^^^^ Amazon employee/stockholder......

posted on 04 Mar 2012, 08:38 2

13. jbreault (Posts: 35; Member since: 04 Mar 2012)

rim has done a pretty good job so far with the playbook. its no ipad, they need a lot of help with their phones. android and ios are kicking their ass, they just got to big of heads. if they can put the same love in to their phones they could real do something

posted on 04 Mar 2012, 09:00 2

14. axllebeer (Posts: 271; Member since: 05 Apr 2011)

I've had my PlayBook for nearly a year now and I have to say it's my primary computing device. Especially when it comes to web browsing. The browser is just phenomenal. The apps have been getting better and now with Android apps being ported over that's just another feather in the cap.

With all the PIM apps there now, and they are very good, I don't understand why the media keeps beating up this wonderful device. They should have been there from the start, no denying that. But that's old news and they're here now.

At the current price point, it's a hard one to beat. Way more function than the Kindle Fire.

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