BlackBerry PlayBook dropping to only $149.99 for one week at TELUS

Telus Sale
By Jared DiPane on 2 Feb 2012 12:04 pm EST
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Have yet to bite on one of the many previous BlackBerry PlayBook deals in hopes of something better coming down the pipeline? TELUS has a treat in store fo you, and for one week only they will be dropping the price of the 16GB and 32GB models down to the low price of only $149.99. We have seen them drop to $199 quite a few times, but who doesn't like to save an extra $50? With the launch of PlayBook OS 2.0 around the corner, this deal is something you won't want to pass on. The deal starts tomorrow, Feb 3 and only runs until Feb 9, so act fast if you are interested!

Source: MobileSyrup 

95 comments

ibcop

It won't be long and they will break in at $99.

But a great deal for someone!!

XPEH

Doesn't the picture also say that 64Gb is also priced at 149.99? I still can't believe I paid full retail for my 64Gb on launch day. Hey RIM - think about giving some credit to your early adopters rather than only to folks who waited for the price to drop before they buy... I'm sure you can find out who we are from activation data.

q649

Don't hold your breath waiting...

jeremydizon

The picture says "starting from/at $149.99"

maxb1ack

299 for any version on their website ... my guess is any version on special as well

RAVroom

Called every store in Halifax at 10 AM when they opened. They have none and don't expect any.
Richard

lumpfish

I went to the Walmart in Bayer's Lake after being unable to get one at Telus and they honoured the price.

casperlicious

How did you get Walmart to match the price? I want to purchase a Playbook ASAP and saving $50 sounds good to me. I cant find a link on Telus's site showing the deal?

lumpfish

All I did was mention the discount to the clerk. They were aware of the Telus deal and gave the 32gb to me no questions asked.

The_Adventist

I was wondering when the first early adopter whining would start. I didn't think it would be the 2nd post though.

Oh and I'm an early 64GB adopter so I'm not bashing or whining about it. I've got family moments on it that I would have missed by waiting.

XPEH

Dude, chill out. Good for you for not bashing. I'm not bashing either if you read my post carefully. I'm not expecting it would happen, I'm just saying it would be nice to reward your company's faithful: it's not a bad marketing tactic. I recall when Apple came out with iPad 2 and dropped the price for iPad 1, they gave a refund to those who recently purchased the first iPad.

Abrante

@XPEH

Keywords "recently purchased".

1st- There is only 1 PlayBook out (Comparing a situation of a price drop due to a new device i.e. iPad 1 and iPad 2 makes no sense)

2nd- I am sure that if someone "recently purchased" a PlayBook and the price drops before the return period they will be granted the difference.

3rd- The price of an item depreciates over time. We are now approaching 10 or so months since the PlayBook has come out. You expect for it to still be valued at $499-$699? $149 is not a discount "perse" it is simply market value. The actual sales of the PlayBook peak when the price is below $249 for the base model.

For next time, I recommend for you to make better comparisons :)

iMore.com might be more of your taste :)

def1014

How many did you buy at full retail Abrante?

Abrante

I bought my PlayBook in September... After the 14 day return period I cared less of what happened after that with the price. I was too busy enjoying what I purchased!

def1014

I hope you got it on sale. I bought 2 on launch date and cant help but feel like I made a mistake. I should have waited or gotten something else. By the time we get everything that was promised, the PB hardware will be close to obsolete. As someone mentioned in another post, it is already 10 months old. In tech, that is a long time.

Abrante

I understand your point, trust me! But, that is the way consumer products work, especially when they are not successful. I guess what bothers most of you guys is the fact that it was "promised" for the expected features to be released shortly after launch. I am still upset that T-Mobile hasn't released the 7.1 update with UMA for the 9900. They mentioned it would be released by November (I believe)... I am still waiting, I did get my 9900 for $400 (No Contract)

def1014

Probably. I am still on the BB team though. Playbook and 9900 here, but sometimes you have to voice these concerns. I just hope these price cuts will lead to the needed proliferation to attract more developers. Heck, they get them free now... LOL :D

Abrante

LoL, aslong as BB's continue to make "Bold style" keyboards I will continue to hang-on. The developers will come (slowly) but they will. The more PlayBooks that are out there, the more lucrative it is for devs to develop and these recent "discounts" have helped. And as you mentioned "they get them free now". lol, who can beat that!

drummer_god

i agree. whiners should stop and think;
playstation 3's were once $800.
should sony reimberse all the early adopters hundreds of dollars, now that they sell for $200?
does apple reimburse buyers when they make a new ipod/ipad every 10 months which reduces the value of last gen ipod/ipad?

def1014

completely different scenarios. The playbook as of yet is still not the complete product it was advertised to be. Maybe OS 2.0 will finally get us there, but how can you say that a drop in the upwards of 70% plus is easy for early adopters to justify? Blackberry till you die blindness I guess.

Innerchild

As a launch day purchaser of a 64G, I try very hard not to let the resentment creep into my thinking but sometimes its a little difficult. Remember the outrage when Apple dropped their iPhone by $100 soon after launch. Didn't Apple do something to compensate those early buyers? Can't recall exactly...

4speed

That's nothing........I paid $800 for my first VCR and all it could do was flash 12:00 all day long :(

Innerchild

Me too! And I'm not whining because I've used my PB every day since release. And I bought another 64G at the $299. But you might have to admit, an almost 60% price drop only months after a major product launch is pretty unprecedented so lighten up a bit on us early adopters.

bitek

be happy. at the end all the things rim does to push playbook out is just a good thing for you at the end. the more playbook adopters there is, the more apps are released and the more happy you will be ! 4 years ago i spent close to 3k for sony 42inch TV. Today i would probably have to pay someone to get rid of it

BENZ_O

Now i REALLY think i should get one.

djgrof

Yo quiero comprarla ahora mismo, seria super bueno si se pudiera comprar online.

Abrante

Yo quiero Taco Bell :)

mathewsband

i received the playbook for Christmas and love it. i really can't put it down, small enough to sneak at work too.

andy957

i bought a 32GB for myself but agree with you, it's great.

Bold_until_Hybrid_Comes

I called all the tri cities (kitchener,waterloo,cambridge) telus stores and no one has stock. Wtf?

joeybee

Just called my local telus store and they have some 32GBs but he couldn't confirm the sale.

BENZ_O

Which area would that be? I called over 4 stores in Toronto and nothing in stock!

Bold_until_Hybrid_Comes

i was told limeridge had 5 32gb

dannyd86

Fiiiine ill buy a playbook, you got me RIM lol. Stay tuned for a post of me mounting it in my truck for the ultimate "dvd deck" experience

grimreaper420

I'm definately buying another PlayBook I bought my 16GB from the $199 sale now we can get a 32gb for $149.99 wow
It's unreal:) I'm not complaining ill give my 16gb to my family and grab the 32gb I need more memory from all the games I've been installing lmao

watelzbuddy

It's an indication that RIM is going to announce a brand new redesigned tablet(s) pretty soon. To clear WiFi only stock they had set a deadline of Feb 9th. So, they are going to announce something new and great. This is my guess otherwise there is no rush I can imagine unless they want to boost their top line for this quarter if it is terrible. So it can be either a good news or bad news :-) for investors

khara

uhhh, hello??? it says STARTING at 149 does anyone read anymore?
Telus is not selling the 32GB for 149 it will likely be 199 or something like that. Great deal non the less.

grimreaper420

Google.... Telus, it says 16GB & 32GB PlayBook $149.99 not starting from $149.99

Rootbrian

For all of them, 16GB, 32GB and 64GB. Dammit.

GeneralHerzog

I just went in to a Telus "Connect" store and they didn't know about this. They further told me that they don't even carry stock and purchases are ordered in.

The store manager went on to say that this is most likely an online deal via the online Telus store.

Oh well, guess it's online shopping for me.

canito338

how many times they said that before???( limited time only, only for one week) and now they droped even chepier!!.. i dont know how many time this will work for them, the only thing i know is this does not look good to me

mnhockeycoach99

B@stards.. I have a 16 GB PlayBook that I paid full price for, a 64GB one that I paid $300 for... I want another at $150 for my kids.. or my parents.

jordandrews90

Debating if I should buy the 32GB for $150 and sell my friend my 16GB for $100....
Twice as much storage for an extra $50 doesn't sound bad to me...

houshinto#IM

Some people just want any reason to get angry no matter what the price point.

"Oh I wasted $ getting it early", You say...

Well clearly the Playbook was a mistake to you already even before you purchased it.

Otherwise, this is quite the bargain. Really tempted to pick up a 16gb.

Joe257

There must be a new PlayBook in the works coming very, very soon!

drummer_god

if i bought a new 32gb playbook, can i transfer my paid apps ( angry birds, fruit&ninja, asphalt 6 etc. )from my current 16GB playbook to my new 32gb playbook, or would i have to re-buy them again?

tjodalv

It is transparent throughout all BlackBerry devices with your Appworld user ID and password.

So, no you would not.

berrybait

Yup. Just wipe your old one, then use your BBID on the new one. Go into AppWorld and reload them since they'll appear as deleted.

mnhockeycoach99

Actually, I didn't even wipe my old one.. Just logged in to my new 64 GB PlayBook, entered my BBID, and then clicked reinstall on all of the apps (free and paid) that I have on my 16 GB model. I figured that if I paid money for a game or an app, I should be able to use it on how ever many PlayBooks I own..

Innerchild

I did that too. The only thing is that two PB's with the same BBID can't video chat. And seems I read on BB website that you are limited to 5 devices on an account. Please correct that anyone if you know differently.

Otherwise... good to go!

Abrante

Now that you guys bring that up. What happens if someone else initiates a video chat to the BBID that is registered on 2 PlayBooks will that initiate a 3-way chat?

The_Adventist

Both PlayBooks on the same account ring and the same time. Only one can be answered.

drummer_god

great news!
thanks for the info everyone!
new 32GB playbook, here i come!

hippopatimus

Not really. RIM is just selling out the old Wi-Fi only models before they release the new 3G enabled version, as opposed to killing the device altogether.

scbou

Duh! I bought 32Gb PB at 250$ instead of 300$ I thought I had a deal... My girlfriend told me, wait the price is going to drop even more...

SuperGenius

I'm definitely grabbing one for my wife... and here I thought the $250 I paid for my 32GB was a great deal. LOL! Maybe it'll be $100 by March. :P

HabsSuck

got mine in April, used points to get a futureshop card to pay for it, no regrets as i have made good use of it, i'm surprised it's lasted based on how much i use thought it would have burned out by now.

Marcust99

Seems like a great deal, but as it stands now, there's almost ZERO content worth even using the PB for. I can't even use the Browser to watch Netflix. The PB I have at home pretty much just catches dust next to my iPad. Bottom line is apps are the lifeblood of a tablet, and where the PB is concerned this is (still) a barren wasteland. So much potential unrealized.

It's a sad state of affairs with RIM that these things have to be almost given away, and now even more. I'm really pro Canadian and WANT RIM to succeed, but I just think it's too little too late to recover.

canito338

beside Netflix, skype or hulu... what else pb can not do?.. it does everything else with the browser!! does not matter how long takes to rim to get skype and netflix but they will get them.. watch!!!

Josh_VanderWal

have u missed all the 2.0 hype???

just wonderin

def1014

There is a piece in Businessweek (current issue) titled "Research in Motion: The Walking Dead?". Basically says when you are a dinosaur it is hard to catch up. I think it is still too soon to write RIM off just yet. You are right though, they need apps bad. They need to focus on working out deals with those core apps everyone is waiting for: Skype, Kindle, Netflix, etc.

canito338

RIM ID aproval web page for new bb ID is not working like 2 weeks ago! i already have try to make a new bb id for the past 2 weeks with no succes

GrindTImeBanks

WOW.....i really feel bad for all the early adopters 499 to 149
- the patient dog gets the fattest bone-

SJorge3442

Wait, so can us in the states buy one?

theKHMERboy

Hey do you know if they are going to have this sale next week.. I wanted to buy one but sucks that they are only having this sale for a week

VanCity778

The Telus store next to my house has no clue about this "sale". Is this an online thing only ?

padamssm

I live in the US but my daughter lives in Canada. Does anyone know if I can purchase one of these by phone or online from Telus and ship it to her? I've been on hold with Telus for 18 minutes so far and don't know if they'll ever pick up. Thanks!

hybrid1976

Does anyone know if I will be able to buy one since I'm in the US?! Some sites only let you order within that country. I will be all over that sale once it hits! Is there a specific time zone that they are going by, such as CST, EST, PST, MST?

theKHMERboy

Well I can see that the sale start tmw till the 9th so it start on Friday and end on Thurs that's not fair I wanted to get one but then if its gonna end on thbe 9th won't be possible for me and I have money on the 10th so don't make sence but hope they extend the sale or this price will appear again at other places

hybrid1976

Do u think that with Telus selling the PB for $149.99, it would cause RIM to sell it for that same price?!?! Therefore, allowing for people to purchase it from them at the lower price.

redfoo

Is this for Canada only?

GeneralTech

Makes me feel like giving mine away before it becomes worthless.

The good deed would feel good, watching the value plunge to nothing since i got it in october not so much.

m12k1177

this is a straight buy-out, right? no contract needed?

neilwick

There are no contracts on PlayBooks (the current ones at least) because they are wi-fi only so there's nothing to contract for.

buffandsweet33

i bought my 16gb playbook on december 28th for$199.00 i am loving it. especially the hdmi port. if u paid full price i'd be bitter too. but this always happens in electronics not only with the playbook.

redneck6497

Lets not loose sight of the fact that this is great for everyone. For folks that don't have a playbook, they are getting one. And for those of us that do have one it puts more playbooks on the street which should translate to more apps, development, etc.

keefrto

cheers for the web link, its an awesome price for sure. Pity the telus web page is crap for finding the store with any PB in stock, it just find local stores. First one bought yet?

Cnkboy

I went to a Telus store this morning and the manager told me that there are none left in Toronto. They didn't have any stock to begin with.

SuperGenius

+1 on that. Went to 3 different stores, and called 6 others and nada. What's the point of the sale if there's no stock?

primusd

Yep, same here. Manager told me they put on the sale only to clear out whatever stock they still had left -- which was little to begin with. Most stores were already sold-out before the sale began.

webmn

Checked with several stores in Mississauga, no one had any. One guy said it was because "they are not making them anymore". Sad....and so not true for anyone wondering.

webadpro

Cant promise anything, but no Telus store around had any left. Called Futureshop, and got a price match :) Bought 2 32GB :)

Ferraro161

Well its sold out in Ottawa *sigh

dannyd86

Just came from the telus store. There ordering one in for me. Will be here monday. Some guy who was there at the same time ordered 12 lol.

kuler22

Just tried to find PB at Telus and no go...and in talking with Best Buy and Future Shop they will not price match since the item is 'limited quantities'.

m12k1177

just came back from futureshop and walmart and they wouldn't price match because on the website it says "until supplies last" or something along those lines.

on my way home, i wanted to give it another go at staples and the guy did it for me. but as soon as he said he would, his manager said he couldn't. i politely told him that he just said he would do it, and so the manager honored it, saying that i'd be the last one.

you should try around, you might get lucky.

i'm in toronto, btw.

Duc-Tri

haha thanks guy for the match price trick!
i went to telus (Montreal) and they said it's out of stock in every montreal telus.
so i just went for fun to futureshop 5min walking from there and asked a seller if price match was possible for the 32gb playbook. he went away then came back few minutes later saying that he is reducing the 32gb to 139$ (with 10% more) :D

SaabScott

I just tried the price match with a Future Shop store in Mississauga ... no go. Wouldn't honour it against "while quantities last".

Not that it will work, but I've removed that from the page and will try taking THAT ad into another FS and see what happens.

No luck finding any of the PB at any Telus store in west Mississauga ...

calebwoiwod

Just bought one from Walmart. 32 GB for $149.99 then 10% off of that! I tried every store in Victoria BC. No one would price match except Walmart. All the Telus stores were sold out. Also, Telus removed the deal from their site?

Hongolia

Do you guys have the ad telus posted on the website? I can't find it anymore and I was looking to go to London Drugs or Walmart to price match.

Cheers

neilwick

Nope, no more PlayBook on the ON or QC tablet pages for Telus and the link someone posted earlier leads to a "page not found".