One aspect that consumers perhaps dislike the most about the PlayBook is the lack of a 3G module. What this means is that users will either have to make use of the tablet’s Wi-Fi capabilities to hook on to the internet or get online via a BlackBerry. The latter bit has made everyone believe it’s imperative to have a BlackBerry smartphone in order to get the best out of the PlayBook tablet.
However, the good folks at crackberry have some better news for us. They have discovered that the PlayBook can be tethered to any smartphone and not just the BlackBerry. This should come as a boon to those who’d like to have 3G speeds or do not frequently have access to Wi-Fi hotspots. All they need to do is to get connected to a smartphone via bluetooth, though the smartphone needs to have tethering capabilities.
However, this is all about just getting connected to the internet. A BlackBerry smartphone continues to be necessary in that the BlackBerry Bridge is still needed to get access to the email, calendar, contacts, and so on on the PlayBook. However, here too, RIM has promised all the requisite apps to be made available on the PlayBook as well, though we will have to wait a bit longer for that.
Click here for the step by step guide of tethering the PlayBook to any smartphone.