O2 will apparetnly not be selling RIM's newly released Blackberry PlayBook tablet despite customers having expressed an interest in the product AND O2 being a major Blackberry retailer itself.
The Telefonica-owned company has apparently contacted those interested customers and told them, according to Engadget (opens in new tab), that the company will not be selling the device because of some issues associated with the end-to-end customer experience.
It further added that O2 will continue to work with RIM on future PlayBook products and releases and hasn't closed the door on the first generation PlayBook, although it looks extremely unlikely that an O2 Playbook will happen at all.
Should we be surprised? O2 is the only mobile phone network that doesn't stock the iPad 2 in the UK. It is also the only one that stocks the Dell Streak as well; the only other tablet that O2 will sell is the year-old Samsung Galaxy Tab.
So, either O2 doesn't (yet) believe in tablets, or they will soon refresh their product range with other Android tablets like the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 & 8.9 and the LG Optimus Pad.
Interestingly, the mobile carrier has spread itself over the past few months, going into selling games consoles, offering credit cards, electronics recycling and fixed-line broadband.