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Research In Motion officially announces the BlackBerry PlayBook 3G+ for the UK

By James Richardson on 6 Nov 2012 09:55 am EST

This kind of isn't new news as BlackBerry UK managed to put the BlackBerry PlayBook 3G+ on their website last week and we were then allowed to publish our short 3G+ video. Today sees the 'official' announcement from RIM regarding the device.

As I mentioned the other day the new PlayBook 3G+ isn't cheap but it will get updated to BlackBerry 10 at some point, although we have no idea how soon that will be.

"The new 3G+ BlackBerry PlayBook tablet is a powerful, portable, and versatile tool that helps customers be more productive than ever and to make the most of their time on the go," said Johnathan Young, Head of Consumer & Retail Channels, UK, Research In Motion. "It includes all the connectivity a customer needs to make their work time more effective, as well as access to a wide variety of apps and multimedia content for when they want to stay entertained on the move." 

You can catch the full press release below:

LONDON, UK - Research In Motion (RIM) (NASDAQ: RIMM; TSX: RIM) today announced the new 3G+ BlackBerry® PlayBookTM tablet with built-in support for cellular networks in now available for customers in the UK. The new 3G+ BlackBerry PlayBook maintains a sleek and ultra-portable form while delivering an overall faster performance than the original BlackBerry PlayBook, as well as support for high-speed 3G+ networks.

Featuring the BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2 software, the 3G+ BlackBerry PlayBook tablet gives customers access to high speed 3G+ mobile networks around the world. It offers a high-fidelity, fast web browser that delivers an exceptional experience for consuming web content, videos, and HTML5 applications. The software's powerful unified inbox allows customers to easily manage multiple personal and work email accounts, as well as messages from Twitter®, Facebook® and LinkedIn, all from one place. The built-in Calendar and Contacts apps offer features to help customers better manage schedules and prepare for more effective meetings, while the apps' unique integration with social networks ensure that customers have a wealth of information about their contacts at their fingertips.

The 3G+ BlackBerry PlayBook tablet is also enterprise ready. It can be easily managed with BlackBerry® Mobile Fusion, RIM's mobile device management platform and includes BlackBerry® BalanceTM technology, which allows customers to keep their business information completely secure and separate from their personal information.
Out of the box, the 3G+ BlackBerry PlayBook tablet comes preloaded with the tools customers need to be productive as well as to have fun, whether in the office, at home, or on the road. Thousands of additional apps for work and play are available for the PlayBook on the BlackBerry App WorldTM storefront.

The 3G+ BlackBerry PlayBook tablet comes with 32GB of memory storage and is now available from Misco and Insight in the UK. 

For more information about the 3G+ BlackBerry PlayBook tablet, please visit: 

Reader comments

Research In Motion officially announces the BlackBerry PlayBook 3G+ for the UK


The PlayBook is not available in Nigeria. RIM should make this device available in Nigeria for BlackBerry addicts. Looking forward to getting information from RIM soon.

Sorry but it's a case of RIM shooting themselves in the foot again! I'll stick with my 9900 with wifi hotspot and £129 64GB PlayBook.

Rim isn't shooting themselves in the foot. Enterprise and business customers will likely be the targets of the 3G+ playbook.

I might sound repetitive (forgive me) but what os is this thing running? Are UK carriers supporting v2.1.0.1088 yet? or some derivation of?? I ask for purely selfish reasons of hoping the 4G iteration is close(r) to supporting os2.1.


Not trying to be an a$$ but being that most people that purchase a PB are already BB users, why would they want something with 3g? Our BBs and PBs with Bridge do the exact same thing, no? Just don't see the need for a PB with 3g. It would be yet another bill to pay imho.

Last I heard, bluetooth transfer speeds are at MAX, 3.25 megabytes in both directions, up and downstream. 3G+ is up to 6.25 megabytes in both directions, up and downstream. Yes, measured in megaBYTES, not bits, for more truthful speed measurements.

Oh the carriers/Stores will just be falling over themselves to stock this......

Like all those Playbooks they returned unsold a year ago.

I thought about buying the 3G version for the snappier processor. My two wifi PBs either need a clean wipe or something else is going on.

The email app on this device STILL walks all over my Nexus -- which has a native email app so bad I can't use it. Maybe there are other third-party apps I need to try, but the native one is awful. BB's is perfect.

I wish they would keep developing these. They just don't have any cushion for imperfect execution.