RIM's BlackBerry PlayBook Tablets are About to Get Even Cheaper

RIM released the PlayBook in April 2011 with a starting price tag of $499. But the Waterloo company quickly realized it couldn't sell a seven-inch BlackBerry tablet for the same price as a 10-inch iOS tablet, so RIM slashed the price to $299 with select retailers.

Then prices dropped again, as low as $199, or a whopping 60% off. We still remember RIM emailing us to affirm that "the official retail price of the BlackBerry PlayBook has not changed." RIM insisted that its promotional plans were only for the holiday season. Well, that was nine months ago now, and the PlayBook is still dirt cheap. In fact, it's about to get even cheaper.

According to MobileSyrup, at least one retailer—Best Buy—plans to reduce the price of wifi-only PlayBooks by $20 across all three size models, effective as early as tomorrow. So a 16GB PlayBook can be had for just $179. And, as we learned last year, when one retailer comes up with a "temporary" promotion for the device, it's apt that the rest will follow suit—permanently.

The modest price drop is likely a result of RIM's 4G PlayBook announcement from this morning. The 4G tablet is launching next week for Rogers, Telus, and Bell. Reports suggest a price tag of $549.

Waterloo, Ontario, Canada

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