Someone buys a BlackBerry PlayBook 4G on eBay

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.

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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1. GeekMovement unregistered

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

2. Droid800

Posts: 22; Member since: Jan 23, 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.

3. theBankRobber

Posts: 682; Member since: Sep 22, 2011

Could have been a dev unit

10. LoneShaolin

Posts: 307; Member since: Jan 14, 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?

4. Whateverman

Posts: 3295; Member since: May 17, 2009

Someone bought a Playbook???

7. threeline

Posts: 320; Member since: Sep 11, 2011

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

5. squallz506

Posts: 1075; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

what carrier would pick up the playbook?

8. T00muchF00D

Posts: 98; Member since: Nov 27, 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

9. lsutigers

Posts: 832; Member since: Mar 08, 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 1GB RAM 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.

12. BuckeyeCadet86

Posts: 78; Member since: Oct 26, 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

6. joey18

Posts: 681; Member since: Jul 20, 2010

Kindle fire

11. LoneShaolin

Posts: 307; Member since: Jan 14, 2012

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

13. jbreault

Posts: 36; Member since: Mar 04, 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

14. axllebeer

Posts: 272; Member since: Apr 05, 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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