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Sprint Sells BlackBerry PlayBook, Announces HTC EVO 3D and EVO View 4G Release Dates

Sprint Nextel has begun selling the BlackBerry PlayBook tablet with Wi-Fi connectivity and 16GB of storage.

The tablet went on sale yesterday for $499.99, excluding taxes, and is available through Sprint Stores, Business Sales, www.sprint.com, and Telesales (1-800-SPRINT1).

Sprint also is gearing up to release two devices later this month, the HTC EVO 3D smartphone and the HTC EVO View 4G tablet.  Both devices require a new two-year service agreement or eligible upgrade.

The gadgets will be available for sale on June 24.

Available for $199.99, the HTC EVO 3D features 5-megapixel cameras that can be used to capture 3D images and videos. In order to purchase the handset, Sprint customers must activate one of Sprints Everything Data plans and pay a $10 Premium Data add-on charge for smartphones. Built with the Android 2.3 Gingerbread operating system, the HTC EVO 3D is said to feature the first 4.3-inch, qHD 3D display and a potent 1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon dual-core processor.

Sprint is selling the HTC EVO View 4G tablet for $399.99. Built on the Android 2.3 Gingerbread operating system, the tablet features a 7-inch touchscreen, 1.5GHz Snapdragon processor and the latest version of HTC Sense.

Customers also can purchase add-on services, including GPS Navigation for $2.99 per day or $10 per month and the Mobile Hot Spot option for $29.99 to support up to eight Wi-Fi-enabled devices simultaneously.

Sprint said rates plans for the device start at $34.99 per month for 3GB of 3G data and unlimited 4G data usage while on the Sprint network.

The HTC EVO View 4G is just the latest tablet that Sprint will begin selling. The carrier began offering the Samsung Galaxy Tab on Nov. 14, and the telecommunications provider will begin selling the Galaxy Tab 10.1 later this summer.

Sprint also said that it’s working with RIM to release a 4G version of the PlayBook tablet, but a Sprint spokesperson said she could not elaborate when asked for further details.

The PlayBook is RIM’s initial entry into the tablet space. The company has seen its smartphone market share fall rapidly in recent months and hopes the PlayBook will give it a foothold against the iPad and other competitors. The business-minded PlayBook has seen moderate success in its first few weeks on the market, meeting or beating analysts’ sales expectations.


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