The BlackBerry PlayBook is currently only available as a Wi-Fi device.
RIM’s BlackBerry PlayBook tablet just can’t catch a break.
Sprint announced Friday that it will not be selling a 4G version of the PlayBook on its Wi-Max network.
“We apologize for any inconvenience but the BlackBerry 4G PlayBook Tablet that was announced in January for summer availability will no longer be coming to the Sprint network,” a Sprint representative told Wired.com in a statement. “This was a mutual decision between Sprint and RIM.”
Without carrier support, RIM can only sell a Wi-Fi version of its product. It must be paired with a Blackberry phone in order to access a carrier’s 3G network. When the product was announced, future 3G and 4G models were promised.
Apple’s highly successful iPad is supported by both AT&T and Verizon, and reported sales of approximately 9.3 million units in the first quarter of 2011. The Wi-Fi-only PlayBook had sales of 500,000 units, and the Motorola Xoom saw only 440,000 tablets ship.
Calls to RIM were not immediately returned by the time this story’s published.