Picking up a 4G LTE BlackBerry PlayBook today? Here's what you need to know!

4G LTE BlackBerry PlayBook
By Adam Zeis on 9 Aug 2012 09:47 am EDT
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Planning on picking up a 4G LTE BlackBerry PlayBook today? Or did you already? Well you've come to the right place. We've got plenty of help and how-to articles to get you up and running as well as plenty of great 4G LTE BlackBerry PlayBook accessories to get you decked out. No matter if you're a brand new PlayBook owner or a seasoned vet - keep reading and check just what you need to know about getting started with the 4G LTE BlackBerry PlayBook!

Getting started with the BlackBerry PlayBook 4G LTE

If you're still on the fence about picking up a new 4G LTE BlackBerry PlayBook, you can check out our review of the original PlayBook here. Everything is pretty much the same except the 4G LTE model will let you use your carrier's data services (so you don't need to have wifi).

Of course if you have questions you can just head to the CrackBerry PlayBook forums and you're sure to get some great answers.

We also have a great stash of BlackBerry PlayBook wallpapers in our free gallery, so you can find something just right for your PlayBook. 

If you need some help on getting started, you can read up on OS 2.0 or just check out our how-to articles

What about accessories? Of course you'll want those too! We have plenty of cases, chargers, stylus and much more at ShopCrackBerry.com just waiting to find a good home.

More Helpful 4G LTE BlackBerry PlayBook Links

Setting up email, Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn accounts on BlackBerry PlayBook 2.0
Use your BlackBerry Smartphone with BlackBerry Remote to control your PS3, Android tablet and more!
How to sync your Outlook contacts and calendars to the BlackBerry PlayBook
How to install a micro SIM into the 4G LTE BlackBerry PlayBook
Visit CrackBerry's BlackBerry PlayBook Forum

20 comments

uuglyindaface

Ooo tell me more, tell me more!

franky62

If you go to N4BB.com they have a speed comparison and a html5 test

nereuszeer

I'd rather wait for CB to do one. I don't trust a damn thing N4BB does.

Bobert_123

Same here, all n4bb does is try to compete with cb.

clowrym

I see telus notes you can watch Optik on the go on the new playbook... seems kind of odd, as they don't have an add... nor does the origional playbook support Silverlight... wondering if the new one does, or if this is just miss information!!

kingbernie06511

can you make a phone call, or at least a voip call on LTE? This would be a giant, BB10-ready cell phone!

mkone

You can do this on the current playbook with the converted android app "Spare Phone"

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.guidology.sparephone&f...

It works great for receiving and making calls over WIFI using Google voice. As far as i know this is the only voip app that works with the playbook.

kingbernie06511

its a paid app on google play, how do I get it on PB?

mkone

They also have a free version. I used http://apk2bar.unker.net/ to convert the paid version to .bar. Then sideloaded it to the playbook.

piper975

is it running the 2.1 OS as expected ??

Tules

It should be running 2.0.1.668, not 2.1 yet sadly.

mitchell.lapointe

Actually, they pulled the OS 2.0.1.668 Update because of issues with the power consumption on the PlayBook. Not sure that the 4G will be running .668 or revert back to .358

sk8er_tor

RIM said it was pulled due to a bug which prevented some devices that were still on version 1.x from upgrading to 2.0.1.668.

cblguy

I wonder if it's considered a new 3 yr term if I'm only wanting to pay the $10 per month to share data? (Rogers).

GeneralHerzog

I jumped on the new 6 gigs for 60 bucks plan yesterday and asked them that very question.

It's 15 bucks now (LTE premium) and you simply add it to your existing plan.

Problem is.........ROGERS DOESN'T EVEN HAVE THEM IN STOCK!!!!!!!!!!!!!

huge....HUGE WTF Rogers. HUGE!!!

Sorry, slightly pissed at Rogers for NOT having the units.

cblguy

But would I have to pay 550 or 350 for my Playbook if I'm only adding it to my existing plan.

GeneralHerzog

I have a 9900 on a 3 yr, 2 yes left and I have an internet stick, which ends in early 2014. The PB LTE would also get a 3 yr on its own so you could do the 350.

That's the nice/evil thing about shared plans, each device will technically have its own contract end date not just the primary account.

I get that some people don't like this. But given the new cancellation terms, it's not as bad as it used to be. Now it's just the remainder of the discount/subsidy of the unit purchased and not the full contract.

The catch though, as I've been ranting about for 2 days now..IS ROGERS NEEDS TO ACTUALLY HAVE THE DAMN THING IN STOCK FOR ONE TO BUY IT. end rant, lol

So, that means you would have..... a base contract plus an extra 15 for the PB. In my case, I have my base contract at 60 then my stick at 10 and SOON (ROGERS!!!!) the PB at 15. (yes that's a lot but I don't have a little lady to pay for)

cblguy

I just ordered one, and you are correct. Got it for $350+15 per month. My current PB will now become my wife's picture frame I promised her for mothers day!!

Btw, the Rogers csr didn't say anything about it not being in stock and said I should receive it Monday or Tuesday!!

cblguy

I just ordered one, and you are correct. Got it for $350+15 per month. My current PB will now become my wife's picture frame I promised her for mothers day!!

Btw, the Rogers csr didn't say anything about it not being in stock and said I should receive it Monday or Tuesday!!

Costa84

I would not call it available, when stores do not have it in stock on the release date. They weren't sold out, they just didn't either order or receive them yet. I've got to wait a few more days now, as I just placed an order for one through my carrier :(.