Verizon BlackBerry PlayBook FAQ Confirms Native Email Calendar and Contacts is Coming Soon

Verizon PlayBook native PIM

If you had any question in your mind after RIM’s CEO’s confirmed it then this is another clincher. Mediq91 over @CrackBerryForums posted a PDF from a Verizon Webinar on the BlackBerry PlayBook. The PDF confirms that the BlackBerry PlayBook will be getting native email, calendar, contacts apps in a future software update. Until then RIM is saying what I have been saying all along. That BlackBerry PlayBook can access email through the browser without the need of a BlackBerry Smartphone. They are spinning the BlackBerry Bridge the right way as a “Value Add” to the PlayBook.

Verizon PlayBook native PIM2

You can check out the full PDF at this link (via CrackBerry)

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  1. Clearly RIM thinks its a big enough deal to talk up adding it, despite some BlackBerry sites that say it isn’t so necessary to have native apps for these things.

    • I don’t think they are talking it up because it is a big deal. I think they see this as low cost update to shut up the iLovers in the media OR BBhaters – take your pick.

      Personally couldn’t care less. Am picking one up.

  2. So I have lost track… what is left to complaint about now?

    For a first gen device…..this is shaping up to be an out of this world device

    April 19th can’t come soon enough

  3. Hi Guys/Ronen sorry to put up and off topic post, but I was looking at PlayBook pics on RIM’s Website and halfway down the page which shows the Playbook fitting into a sleeve there is a picture of several magazines on the PlayBook’s screen including National Geographic and Rolling Stone. Did others know there was easy access to magazines on the PlayBook ? It’s welcome news to me :)

  4. Nice

  5. Hopefully the native apps will come sooner rather than later. It does seem like RIM has been a bit faster than their usual snail’s pace lately so maybe it won’t be too long after the release.

  6. I certainly hope these native apps overcome some of the existing shortcomings in these apps on the phone, i.e. Inability to handle .ics attachments or deal with meeting invitations from an exchange server.

  7. Great, I’m glad to see confirmation of that! Great move by RIM! I had said I was 99.99% sure because it makes sense for RIM to just make the device independent of a BlackBerry smartphone so as not to alienate iPhone and Android geeks.

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