I’m sure by now many of you have heard about the negative BlackBerry PlayBook rumors being spread by BGR. I know when I read BG’s post, I immediately called BS and even let them know what I thought through my personal Twitter profile. I couldn’t believe BG would go and post such an article with nothing to back it up but a “trusted source from a major big box retailer”. No names, no data, nothing, but I guess I shouldn’t be too surprised.
It looks like RIM didn’t like it too much either because they sent a statement to StreetInsider in response to BGR’s post:
Research In Motion Limited (Nasdaq: RIMM) issued a statement on the BGR report that sales of PlayBook missed a retailer’s estimate drastically.
In a statement to StreetInsider.com, RIM said: “the source of the reported comment is anonymous and unknown to RIM, but the comment is certainly inconsistent with the positive feedback we have received from our main retail partners.”
RIM also confirmed it will provide a business update on BlackBerry PlayBook results on June 16.
RIM also referenced a recent public statement offered by Best Buy (NYSE: BBY):
“Best Buy has had great success selling BlackBerry smartphones in North America, so our sales expectations for the BlackBerry PlayBook were very high. To date, we have far exceeded those expectations and we’re finding that customers are even more interested in purchasing once they’ve tested the PlayBook in the store.”
It was nice of RIM to be professional about it and I’m glad they actually issued a statement, but I think some BlackBerry fans need take care of business if you know what I mean. Kudos to those that already have, you know who you are!
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