1. 1111becker's Avatar
    i was just in Staples looking for playbook accessories (sold out), and asked if they were getting more. they said no because they were getting a new 10" 4G LTE playbook ext month!

    anyone else heard this?

    fingers crossed.

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    02-05-13 12:55 PM
  2. Cale M's Avatar
    Is the 4G LTE component really that important? Between WiFi and Bridge, I'm wondering when I would ever actually use a PlayBook data plan.

    Perhaps I'm not fully understanding the situation.
    02-05-13 12:58 PM
  3. 1111becker's Avatar
    they said it would cost between $350 and $450

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    02-05-13 12:59 PM
  4. Shao128's Avatar
    I don't mean to come across harsh, so I apologize if I do. Sales people are always the last to know this information in any situation. Period. They are not privy to information like this before it hits the internet. There is no way that kind of information gets down to a sales person from a company without many leaks hitting the internet. It has always been this way and will continue to be so. If you look at threads from just a couple weeks ago before the BB10 launch people were posting all sorts of crazy stuff sales reps were saying about the Z10. None of which turned out to be correct.

    There is absolutely no way BlackBerry could be releasing a new tablet in stores next month and not announce it. They just had the BB10 launch, they would have announced a product like that there. As well, there would be no apps for it. Why? Because there would have to be developer tools released well in advance (just like they did for the original PlayBook and the Z10). Also if it was LTE capable the carriers would be testing them now, and would be have seen plenty of leaks that way.

    Sorry to say the sales person flat out lied to you.
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    02-05-13 01:00 PM
  5. 1111becker's Avatar
    thats what ii assumed also, but he asked another rep there about price for the new BlackBerry 10", who repeated the same info as the first guy, and added that "it was coming the same time as the qwerty phone".

    unlikely agreed, but interesting.

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    02-05-13 01:11 PM
  6. tfp's Avatar
    I don't mean to come across harsh, so I apologize if I do. Sales people are always the last to know this information in any situation. Period. They are not privy to information like this before it hits the internet. There is no way that kind of information gets down to a sales person from a company without many leaks hitting the internet. It has always been this way and will continue to be so. If you look at threads from just a couple weeks ago before the BB10 launch people were posting all sorts of crazy stuff sales reps were saying about the Z10. None of which turned out to be correct.

    There is absolutely no way BlackBerry could be releasing a new tablet in stores next month and not announce it. They just had the BB10 launch, they would have announced a product like that there. As well, there would be no apps for it. Why? Because there would have to be developer tools released well in advance (just like they did for the original PlayBook and the Z10). Also if it was LTE capable the carriers would be testing them now, and would be have seen plenty of leaks that way.

    Sorry to say the sales person flat out lied to you.
    I don't mean to come across harsh either, so I will apologize in advance. Being a former salesperson for Rogers, Best Buy and Bell, while your statement is very loosely based on a generalization that is partially accurate, it is not completely true. As a Sales manager with Rogers, Department Senior with Best Buy and Specialist with Bell, I took it upon myself to be in constant contact with my reps and then to inform/train my staff on what I was told so that they would always have the latest information available. While your average kid working his first job may not appear to you have the most accurate source with inside information, don't judge a book by its cover. You never know who is training him. And yes, I took it upon myself to train my staff above and beyond what head office required because I didn't like coming on forums like this and having my staff bad mouthed by people like you. While I understand that not every store and every staff is run and trained like mine, I do know that what I had done had made enough of an impression on my higher ups that they started to implement and encourage my style of training at other locations. My RIM rep at Bell a few years ago loved me and would pretty much give me inside info that at the time I was skeptical about but when it came true months later, realized that I could trust what she told me. Same for my LG and Samsung reps.

    So again, sorry for sounding harsh, I do truly apologize. I am just tired of seeing this kind of generalization knowing that I was once one of these people that get unfairly **** on for no reason. Especially when I see the type of service that I have been receiving in the weeks leading up to the BB10 launch and Z10 release from the staff at my local Rogers store that has been very helpful and truthful with information when they didn't have to be.
    lcjr likes this.
    02-05-13 01:15 PM
  7. jeroen_13's Avatar
    Hopefully they'll ship the new playbook with BB10. #bb10believe
    02-05-13 02:07 PM
  8. lcjr's Avatar
    I don't mean to come across harsh either, so I will apologize in advance. Being a former salesperson for Rogers, Best Buy and Bell, while your statement is very loosely based on a generalization that is partially accurate, it is not completely true. As a Sales manager with Rogers, Department Senior with Best Buy and Specialist with Bell, I took it upon myself to be in constant contact with my reps and then to inform/train my staff on what I was told so that they would always have the latest information available. While your average kid working his first job may not appear to you have the most accurate source with inside information, don't judge a book by its cover. You never know who is training him. And yes, I took it upon myself to train my staff above and beyond what head office required because I didn't like coming on forums like this and having my staff bad mouthed by people like you. While I understand that not every store and every staff is run and trained like mine, I do know that what I had done had made enough of an impression on my higher ups that they started to implement and encourage my style of training at other locations. My RIM rep at Bell a few years ago loved me and would pretty much give me inside info that at the time I was skeptical about but when it came true months later, realized that I could trust what she told me. Same for my LG and Samsung reps.

    So again, sorry for sounding harsh, I do truly apologize. I am just tired of seeing this kind of generalization knowing that I was once one of these people that get unfairly **** on for no reason. Especially when I see the type of service that I have been receiving in the weeks leading up to the BB10 launch and Z10 release from the staff at my local Rogers store that has been very helpful and truthful with information when they didn't have to be.
    You were a great supervisor to go the extra mile for your sales reps. I wish we had your motivation and dedication here in El Paso texas. In the malls here the sales reps can't tell you anything except what's playing at the movies or what time the clubs open. I wouldn't listen to anything they recommended and feel sorry for the sales losses Blackberry will incur at locations like here. Shoot, when I got my Bold 9930, I had to have the sales rep go into the back to "double check" if they carried the item or not. She came out surprised they had one. In fact, they had 50 of them in the back and nobody would have ever known. I guess it's like you said, the manager makes or breaks the deal based on training.
    tfp likes this.
    02-05-13 02:41 PM
  9. SlcCorrado's Avatar
    The BlackForest?? Didn't Thor just say that BB would not be focusing resources on tablets since there is so little money in it?
    02-05-13 02:46 PM
  10. Skeevecr's Avatar
    Realistically, until bb10 is established and they can make money on the tablets they are not going to be in a rush to make another one, despite the lack of sales the playbook somewhat served a purpose in helping them prepare for the bb10 phones, but any subsequent tablet will have no purpose beyond profits on the hardware.
    02-05-13 07:12 PM

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