It is turning out to be a season of discounts, promos, and offers, starting with HP with its $99 TouchPads. Here is the latest and it’s coming from another company that is having a hard time finding enough buyers for its tablet—the PlayBook from RIM. It goes like this, if one were to buy a BlackBerry Bold9900 or Torch 9810 along with a BlackBerry Playbook tablet, the buyers qualify for a $100 rebate on the purchase. The offer comes from Rogers as they try to provide RIM with a much needed lift in the process. The offer will be starting on Thursday for the month of September and requires a new three year contract with the provider.
The price at which Rogers is currently selling the smartphones is $199 and the PlayBook for $500. With the combo offer, the effective price of the smartphone comes down to $99 each.
The Bold9900 boasts of features that have been regular features of all traditional RIM hardware—a hardware QWERTY keyboard alongside a 2.8-inch, 640 x 480 touch screen with a 1.2 GHz Snapdragon processor on the other side of it. The smartphone was launched just earlier in the month and is the first smartphone that is shipping with the BlackBerry 7 OS.
A few days after the launch of the Bold, there was the slider torch that hit the Canadian market. This one comes with 3.25 inch 640 x 480 touch screen display, a 1.2 GHz processor, and 720p video recording capability while the Torch is based on the BlackBerry 7 OS as its Bold cousin.
Also, the BlackBerry smartphone and tablet combo does make sense as the PlayBook can be used to its full potential in conjugation with a BlackBerry smartphone. It will be interesting if there are enough takers for the offer.
Sovan Mandal is the senior tablet and tech corespondent for goodereader.com. He brings a international approach to news that is not just applicable to the North American market, but also Asia, India, Europe and others. Sovy brings his own writing flavor to the website and is interested in Science Fiction, Technology and Writing. Any questions, send an email