As expected, it looks like the BlackBerry PlayBook 4G will go on sale in Canada next week. Unfortunately (and also as expected), it looks like it won’t come cheap.

MobileSyrup reports that Canadian wireless carriers Telus and Rogers will offer the 7 inch BlackBerry tablet for $549.99.

BlackBerry PlayBook 4G LTE

That’s the price for a tablet without a contract. You’ll also be able to pick up a Rogers model for $349.99 when you sign up for a 3-year contract. But if you don’t plan to use the mobile broadband option every month, you can probably save a lot of money by just buying the tablet outright.

The BlackBerry PlayBook 4G comes over a year after Research in Motion launched a WiFi-only PlayBook.

In addition to support for 4G LTE wireless connectivity, the new model has a faster 1.5 GHz dual core CPU (rather than the 1 GHz chip in the original), 1GB of RAM, a 5MP rear camera, 3MP front-facing camera, and 32GB of storage.

Or you can pick up a refurbished 16GB, WiFi-only model for as little as $150.

via The Verge

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3 replies on “BlackBerry PlayBook 4G to run $550 in Canada (without contract)”

  1. This price is ridiculous. Blackberry should have understood the basics of the game by now. These prices will get them nowhere.

    1. The price is high but not unusual for models sold through carriers. Many new phones, like the Samsung Galaxy S3, can cost more when sold without a contract.

      Mind that the Carriers want part of the profit if sold through them, the model often has to be customized for the carrier, but they can subsidize it if you get a contract.

      In this case they reduce the price to $350 but other carriers would have their own contract deals and may offer a better deal later.

      While barring the collapse of RIM, the US release in a few months should see the OS 2.1 release and all Playbooks are valid for the BB10 upgrade next year and the faster 1.5 GHz SoC should keep it relevant for a fair amount of time compared to the aging WiFi only 1GHz models.

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