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After iPad 2, O2 Rejects RIM Blackberry PlayBook Tablet

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.

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at ITProPortal.com where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.