One of the biggest shortcoming with the just launched Blackberry PlayBook is its lack of native support for something as essential and basic as email, calendar, or contact apps. BlackBerry did address the situation with an app called BlackBerry Bridge which is needed to be installed in the BlackBerry phone and which will eventually open up the phone’s personal information management apps on the bigger screen of the PlayBook.
However, while BlackBerry has made available the bridge app for download right now, unfortunately it isn’t working on the At&T’s network. The reason that AT&T has put forward to justify this act of theirs is that they are still not finished with the testing of the app and until they are done with that, the app will remain blocked.
However, experts believe the real reason can be something altogether different. For BlackBerry Bridge doesn’t just allow the user to share the calendar, contacts, and other apps but the internet connection as well. Its the latter bit that might have irked the AT&T as they might not like the idea of users sharing their internet connection without making any contribution to the carriers coffers. So while free tethering is one aspect of the PlayBook that makes it stand apart from the rest out there, it won’t be overtly surprisingly if AT&T keeps the service blocked until they have come upon a means to charge extra for the service. Free tethering though is currently supported by all other carriers.
In the meantime, folks at crackberry has also come up a solution that will allow the bridge software to run on AT&T BlackBerry phones.
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