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PlayBook Tablet Sales Highly Dependent On Verizon And AT&T

Research in Motion is counting heavily on Verizon and AT&T for boosting up the sales of its PlayBook tablets, a new report revealed.

It is important to note that these heavyweights in the telecom industry do not just function as service providers, but also offer their services as retail stores for the Smartphone market.

According to reports, 20,000 such stores run by Verizon and AT&T across the US and Canada will be selling the PlayBook tablet - the number being twice as large than what these companies had offered Apple for its iPad tablets.

However, both the companies refrained from revealing when they are going to start selling the tablet that kicked off with an impressive start-up performance with more than 50k units right on its opening day itself.

Verizon, which boasts the largest number of BlackBerry users under its belt, said that the company’s evaluation process of the new RIM product is yet to be completed.

Verizon spokesman Marquett Smith said in a statement (opens in new tab), "once testing (of the PlayBook) is complete, we will evaluate the product's viability when compared with the rest of our line-up".

However, considering the long relation the company enjoys with these two largest service providers in the North-American region, it is highly unlikely that RIM will be disappointed with what the telecom-duo has to offer it in terms of giving their assistance to enable it climb up the ladder real fast in a fairly competitive tablet market.

Radu is the founder of, and has worked as a freelance writer for ITProPortal, as well as having been blogging around since 2004. He is interested in anything Apple as well as gaming and mobile applications.