Rumor Alert: Blackberry Playbook, Storm 3 Coming The Magenta Way?

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Rumor Alert: This isn’t the first time we’ve heard this rumor but this time I’m a little more confident having heard this intel from our sources and quite a few of them. I’d still take it all with a grain of salt but it’s looking good.

In the last few days I’ve had quite a bit of email correspondence with sources old and new regarding Blackberry events being held for retail representatives across the country. In the past two days quite a few sources have said both the Blackberry Playbook and Storm 3 are destined for T-Mobile shelves. Blackberry reps at these meetings have, according to our intel said unequivocally that both the Playbook and Storm 3 are on the horizon. Now I could absolutely present an argument that says Blackberry brought the Playbook to these events for no other purpose than to show it off and show off what Blackberry is working on for devices that will in fact arrive on T-Mobile.

However, I can only urge that you take these with the strongest grains of salt imaginable, rumor has it at least one of these devices will arrive soon. I’ve heard this from quite a few sources and while I trust that they aren’t leading me astray, I urge caution with posts such as these since they are of course, my least favorite posts.

In the meantime, the above screenshot is purported to come from one of the aforementioned meetings held with T-Mobile employees and Blackberry representatives somewhere around the country. It is fairly obvious what device is being shown off, the Blackberry Playbook. Is that concrete evidence? Hardly. Still, any Blackberry fans just might have plenty of reasons to cheer in the coming weeks.

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  • Quilvio123

    wow

    • Primetime0625

      I went to one of these BB events and the playbook is coming to tmobile in a wifi only version and will not be sold in tmobile retail locations at first but they will be releasing one with hspa+ later this year and they also confirmed that tmobile is getting a 4g touchscreen BB device

      • CharlieSheen

        if its a wifi only version than it is definitely not coming to T-Mobile; they would have no reason to sell a device that they could not attach a data plan to.

      • CharlieSheen

        if its a wifi only version than it is definitely not coming to T-Mobile; they would have no reason to sell a device that they could not attach a data plan to.

        • Sam Spade

          There will be no Storm 3, the name Storm is DEAD at RIM. There is a new touchscreen device coming very soon. Wait till you see the UI with a heavy influence from TAT, this device will shock many ppl. The Playbook is a beast, all will be able to enjoy the experience…definitely worth the wait for both.

  • http://twitter.com/MannyC_ Emanuel Cedeno

    i thought the BB storm 3 was already leaked and had verizon branding on the back

    • Luis

      Yeah but according to my sources they announced it back in Feb at an employee event we reported on it that tmo was getting the storm and also the Dakota. My sources have been solid in the past so I say is true. The PlayBook will be wifi only there in talks for a 4G version but no deal yet.

  • http://twitter.com/thinktank79 Matt Munson

    Storm 3 may actually keep me in T-Mobile. Storm 3 would have the space for new applications or new blackberry OS’es like OS 6.1 or a QNX based OS 7. As long as the storm 3 has 4G type speeds from a G2 Android phone I’ll be eager to pick up a Storm 3 and eat an early upgrade.

    • Rinque85

      If they truly get rid of that darn sure-press i’ll buy one. i have been using my storm1 then storm2 unlocked from when i had verizon. i like the bb battery life and easy of use OS.

      • YeaSayer

        Haven’t you seen the video, there is no sure-press anymore, it is capacitive touchscreen!!

  • http://twitter.com/SParKlngCyaNide SparklingCyanide

    interesting, I”m an Android fan but I am still excited to see these products come to Magenta for other parties who I’m sure are interested. I do think the Storm 3 looks attractive and although I am definitely buying the G-Slate I would love to play around with the Playbook for a while. : )

  • http://twitter.com/SParKlngCyaNide SparklingCyanide

    interesting, I”m an Android fan but I am still excited to see these products come to Magenta for other parties who I’m sure are interested. I do think the Storm 3 looks attractive and although I am definitely buying the G-Slate I would love to play around with the Playbook for a while. : )

  • Ash

    Dream come true !!

  • Nerdlust

    Interesting I would buy it!

  • http://www.facebook.com/matt.mingkee Matt Tsui

    This is pretty interesting that previous versions of Storm were available from VZW in States while Storm 3 (at least GSM/UMTS version) may come to magenta land.
    Similar situation may also happen with HTC Incredible S (at least GSM/UMTS version has AWS already).
    Now I have to decide between Dell Venue or Incredible S as it’ll be ONE AND ONLY phone I will purchase in entire 2011.

  • Jimbo

    I thought the Playbook was headed to Sprint?

    • http://twitter.com/FR35HM1NDZ Jamille Browne

      I assume its headed to all carriers.

    • http://twitter.com/FR35HM1NDZ Jamille Browne

      I assume its headed to all carriers.

    • http://twitter.com/FR35HM1NDZ Jamille Browne

      I assume its headed to all carriers.

      • Jimbo

        Yes, wifi versions are going to the carriers, but Sprint is the only one who will have it on their 3G network for now…I was told this by a Blackberry rep

    • http://twitter.com/FR35HM1NDZ Jamille Browne

      I assume its headed to all carriers.

    • http://twitter.com/FR35HM1NDZ Jamille Browne

      I assume its headed to all carriers.

    • http://twitter.com/FR35HM1NDZ Jamille Browne

      I assume its headed to all carriers.

  • http://twitter.com/FR35HM1NDZ Jamille Browne

    I have always wanted the storm but wasn’t gonna buy it unlocked to use it on edge. If the price is right I’m definitely buying as maybe a secondary device as I will never give up my Nexus S

  • http://twitter.com/FR35HM1NDZ Jamille Browne

    I have always wanted the storm but wasn’t gonna buy it unlocked to use it on edge. If the price is right I’m definitely buying as maybe a secondary device as I will never give up my Nexus S

  • http://twitter.com/BMcSherry Bryce McSherry

    Since the playbook initially (I don’t know about currently) was intended to be tethered to a blackberry sending it t-mos way is no huge stretch of the imagination.

  • http://twitter.com/BMcSherry Bryce McSherry

    Since the playbook initially (I don’t know about currently) was intended to be tethered to a blackberry sending it t-mos way is no huge stretch of the imagination.

  • Foofighter28

    from what i’ve heard the playbook will only be wifi initially

  • Foofighter28

    from what i’ve heard the playbook will only be wifi initially

    • Anonymous

      thats not so bad

    • Anonymous

      true, but not that big of a deal since you can use your phone to tether

    • Anonymous

      true, but not that big of a deal since you can use your phone to tether

  • Foofighter28

    from what i’ve heard the playbook will only be wifi initially

  • Wiedzmin

    What is the point in Playbook, seriously? I am a huge BB fan, but why would I want to limit myself to a first gen, small screen limited connectivity device. Did we not learn anything from first gen Storm?

    • Neoprimal

      Because at some point, you learn to drop the ball.

      Some people want it first and now, regardless of drawbacks. Look at the iPad?
      Others will wait and wait and wait until the product becomes (hopefully) what they want it to be. To each his own. In and of itself, even though it’s early adopter/first gen. the playbook is a nice device.

  • Ademidio453

    Have you people not seen the leaked video of the storm 3?? It says Verizon on the back people!! haha Wifi playbook is going to any carrier while the 4g version is suppose to only go to sprint

    • http://tmonews.com David

      Because going to more than one carrier would be unheard of!

    • http://tmonews.com David

      Because going to more than one carrier would be unheard of!

  • Anonymous

    Well Mike Lazaridis was talking to Humm and Obermann about a “great partnership” for the Playbook, so I always assumed the Playbook was coming here on that basis alone.

    However, those of you who like that warm, cozy feeling that comes when T-Mobile gets exclusive deals on devices, well it is not that kind of partnership this time around.

    RIM wants to sell to anyone with a checkbook, because the Company does not want to become irrelevant. For sure, they need a hit and the Playbook may be it.

    How do we know T-Mobile is getting it? It’s simple really. At MWC RIM said the BlackBerry PlayBooks woulb be configured to work with different carriers. Why do that if your plan is to give exclusives, and not to everyone. Yes, they could be timed releases spread over a few months each, but I don’t think so.” RIM wants to get back on track, FAST!

    The devices introduced:

    – BlackBerry 4G PlayBook with Wi-Fi, HSPA+

    – BlackBerry PlayBook with Wi-Fi (this is a contract free or am

    – BlackBerry 4G PlayBook with Wi-Fi + WiMa

    – BlackBerry 4G PlayBook with Wi-Fi + LTE

    Looks to me like RIM has all its bases covered for a large national launch.

    Hope this makes sense since I took an Ambien and I am hallucinating.

  • That Guy

    *Off-topic alert*

    Can you do some “digging” and try to find out any info on the optimus 2x david?, you know like can you possibly reach out to one of your ninjas, spys, sources and get some(if any) info on when it might come to the states.

    Sorry for asking in this thread

  • http://www.volkswagen.de Quailallstar

    Am I the only one not really excited about all these tablets? More crap to lug around and tie ourselves down to.

    • Chatter

      From another perspective, tablets make it so that you have to lug LESS crap around. It is just a matter of what is important to you. Some people are happy using their phones for email and web browsing and others may prefer a larger screen to do the same. Some may prefer not to use either and use a laptop.

    • Neoprimal

      I find it to be the opposite. But I’m sure it really depends on the needs of a person. For me, they’re versatile and easily replace a netbook and even a laptop in many scenarios. My tablet has reduced my need to carry around my messenger or laptop bag full of ‘stuff’ on the road, since most of what I want/need is on the tablet, my cellphone in my pocket and a few usb keys.
      In my home, I leave my laptop in the office now because where I may usually take and use it in the living room, lounge, bedroom, laundry room or kitchen, now I just use the tablet to do what I want around the house ie: listen to music, read a book or surf a website, watch a movie while I do housework or just play a game to pass some time. It’s really the little things. For example, sometimes you’re watching a movie and something comes up and you really want to find out that actors’ name or what movie he/she’s been in….and usually you heist your laptop to your lap to look these silly things up. Well, now it’s just way less trouble.

      I thought it was very gimmicky until I decided to get one. Of course, I wouldn’t ever buy one for more than $400, not because I can’t but for what they can and can’t do, that’s the personal value I’ve assigned one for my own uses of it.

  • 305buddyluv

    The Playbook I would believe. But Santa clause has a better chance of becoming a US president than the Storm 3 making it to Tmo USA.

  • Anonymous

    how is a wifi only version of playbook a bad thing? Its my preference. with the BB Bridge, why do i need to to add another 40 bucks or so a month to my bill? If i need blazing speed i’ll settle into a wifi hotspot. On top of that it will probably cost a benji or so less than an HSPA+ version. Even if subsidized, you are locking urself into 2 years of data payments. Makes no sense IMO. Gimme the wifi, keep the subsidies and the “shove it up ur u know what” data plan.

    • Bob

      You are so correct Dreboogiebx. A good smart device be it tablet or phone with wifi works just as well as one with data plan but for no charges for data plan. A good way to save money these days.

  • http://twitter.com/mrjlwilliams J. Williams

    I think it would be good to have the BBPB on T-Mo. More tablets and OS’s to select from. As for the S3, not really interested.

  • MikeJones

    I work for the magenta, and while I cant say its def coming (storm 3), there is a touch screen BB coming their way, whether it be the Bold with the touch screen or the full touch. I`m surprised they didnt throw a FFC on the all touch one though smh.

  • Spidey_geek

    MicaJones needs to read the Internet Posting Policy that she obviously had to acknowledge at the workplace.Fire-able offense. Thanks for being part of the team.

  • butnakedavenger

    T-Mobile will be getting an all touch BB. Probably the storm 3. That was told to a large audience by a high up BB employee. So that’s a lock.

    The Playbook is going to be an issue. BB wants it released as an “accessory”. Corporate e-mail can only be accessed by linking it with a BB, but it can hop on the web by tethering it with any other device. Meaning… it’s wifi only right now.

    Even though Sprint is getting a version of it, the other carriers are resisting it because they want to be able to sell it with a web package. A $15 or $30 tethering feature just isn’t enough, it needs to be a separate line. That’s what they’re fighting for right now.

    But remember who was the last carrier to announce the Galaxy Tab and who was the first to launch it…

  • Anonymous

    As to timing, when you will see the Playbook at T-Mobile, it’s going to be the second half of 2011, probably the holidays. Here is what RIM said at MWC:

    “Mobile World Congress, Barcelona, Spain – Research In Motion (RIM) today announced plans to launch two additional BlackBerry 4G PlayBook tablets during the second half of 2011, featuring support for LTE and HSPA+ high speed wide area wireless networks….

    … ‘We are now building on the BlackBerry PlayBook’s many advantages with support for additional 4G networks that will allow enhanced business opportunities for carriers and developers and unparalleled mobile experiences for users,’ said Mike Lazaridis, President and Co-CEO at Research In Motion”

    • Vibrant Addict

      Second half of 2011?! BB late as always. Meanwhile iPad 2 ships on the 11th, there goes my hope for a BB comeback.

      • Neoprimal

        There’s no coming back unless BB innovates, and they haven’t done that in YEARS. BB phones are easily the sturdiest and I think, well thought out – for a long time; but they’ve been sitting on the same form factor for so long that it’s become clear they have no idea what to do in order to improve on their offering now. Every brand new BB is a lot of the same and a little different. Even BB software shows signs of not being able to evolve quickly enough so Android and iOS are eating their share slowly but surely.

        They will always have their hardcore fans…but I doubt anyone will be flocking to a BB from say, a dumbphone or another smartphone.

    • Aaa

      Actually rim said march in a blackberry event held last month in ny

    • Aaa

      Actually rim said march in a blackberry event held last month in ny

  • Quakmeyer

    Yeah, worry about getting some decent speed. The iphone on ATT is kicking our butt

    • k-mack

      the iphone on att is horrible. i have friends that complain about it all the time. got to get it off that company and on to tmobile.

      • http://www.sadude.com SaDudE

        You can already get it off that network, the real trick is to get 3G supported for Tmobile. Jailbreaking and Unlocking are the least of your concerns.

        Apple needs to use the same chip that Nokia used in the N8 and give you penta band 3G support…rule the world!

    • TMochris

      WTF are you talking about … noob

  • Alberto

    i live in nyc and i have friends who have the iphone, they love the phone however now the service. i called my friend who was a block away looking for parking, when she walks into the restaurant its then that her iphone let her know that i had called her hm what does that tell you?

  • Alberto

    i live in nyc and i have friends who have the iphone, they love the phone however now the service. i called my friend who was a block away looking for parking, when she walks into the restaurant its then that her iphone let her know that i had called her hm what does that tell you?

  • Anonymous

    I KNOW I want the Playbook for sure! Just wish the screen was larger than 7″. Either way, I want it; it will be GREAT for business!

  • @savtwo

    BlackBerry* PlayBook*

  • @savtwo

    BlackBerry* PlayBook*