BlackBerry PlayBook connectivity app not available on AT&T

AT&T Mobility (NYSE:T) is not supporting at this point the BlackBerry Bridge app that enables pairing of BlackBerry smartphones with Research In Motion's (NASDAQ:RIMM) new PlayBook tablet. The app allows users to connect the the PlayBook to AT&T's 3G wireless network for free.

While speculation is that AT&T desires to charge extra for tethering the tablet, the operator told PC Mag that it is working with RIM to make the BlackBerry Bridge app available to AT&T customers. Retailers began selling the Wi-Fi-enabled PlayBook on April 19.

"We have just received the app for testing and before it's made available to AT&T customers we want to ensure it delivers a quality experience," AT&T spokesman Seth Bloom said in an email to PC Mag.

At any rate, the lack of access to this app means functionality of the PlayBook will be limited for AT&T BlackBerry customers since the app allows users to access their BlackBerry emails, calendars, tasks, and contacts.

For more:
- see this PC Mag article

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