After all the hoopla around the PlayBook sales rumors started this Friday and RIM’s comment on them the WSJ did a nice roundup of what happened. What I found interesting is that Stuart Weinberg managed to get Cellular South, the eighth-largest wireless carrier in the US, to comment on their PlayBook sales. What they said is promising for RIM considering their size:
Dave Miller, a spokesman for closely held Cellular South Inc., the eighth-largest wireless carrier in the U.S., said the device is selling well, particularly with business customers that already deploy the BlackBerry. "They view it as a companion device to the BlackBerry," Mr. Miller said, adding that there have been few if any returns of the device.
While Cellular South is on RIM’s list of official retail stores the bigger US carriers do not seem to be stocking them though they are also on the list. For example, I have stopped by a few AT&T and Verizon locations in Manhattan and none of them had the BlackBerry PlayBook. They might be holding out for the 4G versions coming later but it makes you wonder why carriers up north are already pushing them.