Poor sales force RIM to slash PlayBook price to 299 regardless of

first_imgYou can almost hear Freddie Mercury singing “another on bites the dust” in the background as you read this story. Beleaguered company Research in Motion (RIM) has decided to cut its losses on the BlackBerry powered PlayBook tablet device by taking a page out of HP’s book and having a fire sale of its own. Until February 3rd or until stocks run out, consumers can pick up a 16, 32 or 64 gigabyte PlayBook for just $299. You didn’t read wrong, all the different storage sizes are the same price, most likely because of the fact that the 64GB version didn’t sell as well as its smaller counterparts (not that they sold great either) and there is a glut in the number of them available. Coincidentally, the developers at Crackberry.com have outlined a process in which users can force the PlayBook to gain access to the Android Market, allowing them to install and use some of the more popular apps available to the public. The process isn’t difficult, but does require having a rooted PlayBook and some knowledge of working with WinSCP to transfer and install files. While not all Android apps will work with the device, hacking it to use the Market will certainly expand the number available.Whether this fire sale is a product dump, or a clearance of stock in preparation for a new version of the device is yet to be seen. Considering the mediocre sales RIM has experienced with the PlayBook, our best guess is that the price cut is what it looks like, RIM cutting its losses. If you want to get your hands on one, you can go to RIM’s online store to buy one.RIM via Engadgetlast_img read more