And as some of you may already knew, the PlayBook only supports Wi-Fi connectivity and don’t have native 3G functionality. The PlayBook could be disappointing if you’re looking for a tablet which support both 3G and Wi-Fi technologies, or if you prefer a tablet which you can use to connect to the internet outside Wi-Fi hotspots. And because the PlayBook is lacking 3G support, it would be difficult for Telcos to offer data plan for the tablet.
But no, RIM actually designed the PlayBook that way. The Canadian smartphone maker thought the lack of 3G support on its tablet can be resolved through its app called BlackBerry Bridge. Basically, the BlackBerry Bridge is an app you can download to a BlackBerry smartphone to get access to email, calendar, contacts, and etc. on a separate tablet device. In other words, BlackBerry Bridge may allow the PlayBook to access the internet by tethering connection from a BlackBerry smartphone.
Here’s the catch though. Since the BlackBerry Bridge only works between BlackBerry devices, that simply means you will always need a BlackBerry smartphone to access the web in PlayBook. Being said that, Globe Telecom now offers a plan for the PlayBook which is bundled with a BlackBerry smartphone. You can check the matrix below for details of each plan.
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The offer is of limited-time only, from July 22 to 29, and available stocks are limited as well. Globe says the offer is just exclusive for online applicants and they will start shipping ordered units nationwide starting August 3. If you’re interested, you may hit this link to pre-order your units.