Search results hint at 4G PlayBook on Sprint
RIM's BlackBerry tablet is Wi-Fi only for now, but Google, Yahoo, and Bing indicate that Sprint is preparing a Web site for the 4G model due this summer.
Search results on Google, Yahoo, and Bing for "Sprint Playbook" indicate that a 4G model of RIM's BlackBerry tablet could be on the way soon.
The search results show a Web page with the title, "Sprint | Introducing the BlackBerry 4G Playbook Tablet," though the Web page itself shows nothing beyond the ordinary Sprint site.
Accompanying text snippets add a little more but don't reveal anything that hasn't already been announced: "Enjoy front and rear-facing HD cameras and a Flash-capable Web browser on the blazing-fast Sprint 4G network...The BlackBerry 4G PlayBook tablet arrives this summer," the Yahoo search result said.
Research in Motion currently sells only a Wi-Fi model of the PlayBook so far. A CES in January.is due this summer, RIM said at
The PlayBook is geared in part for the corporate crowd that's been the core market for the BlackBerry phones. A 4G option, while costing more to purchase and operate, has the advantage of working where Wi-Fi isn't available, a big advantage for road warriors.
Sprint boasted last week that it has launched or announced 22 devices that use 4G, or fourth-generation, wireless networks. It's using a 4G technology called WiMax, but it appears that the rival LTE (Long-Term Evolution) will be more widely used.