An interesting new rumor has cropped up from a solid source of Al Sacco of CIO. Al clearly says to take this one with a large grain of salt but his source, a high level BlackBerry admin working with RIM, has yet to give him bad info. According to this source RIM will be coming out with a 3G BlackBerry PlayBook around late March / early April time which makes a bit of sense after the current late February / early March target date for the Wi-Fi PlayBook. So far RIM has only confirmed a 4G WiMax version of the PlayBook so maybe they will have these devices ready sooner than we think.
The same source said that an LTE powered PlayBook is also in line for “Some time soon” after the 3G PlayBook which is nice and vague but promising. They also mentioned that the 3G PlayBook will be coming to AT&T at launch.
On the other hand all of this talk about a 3G capable PlayBook has me wondering if RIM has created PIM applications for the PlayBook and just has not shown them to us yet. I am really hoping that the BlackBerry Bridge is not all RIM has to show for PIM on a business device. Also It could be that RIM is following Apple’s strategy of first rolling out the Wi-Fi version of the iPad before the cellular version. That way they catch early adopters twice. On the other hand I am not sure if I will be able to hold out for a cellular version… Will you?