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LTE Version of BlackBerry PlayBook on the Horizon

August 15, 2011

LTE Version of BlackBerry PlayBook on the Horizon

By Stefanie Mosca
TMCnet Managing Editor

Since its first debut in April, Research In Motion (RIM) has released a number of versions and upgrades for its first tablet, the BlackBerry PlayBook, including a WiFi (News - Alert) version and 3G enabled model as well as software updates that have been rolled out to each.  

Now, according to a recent report, after Sprint Nextel (News - Alert) Corp. stopped development of a 4G version, RIM has confirmed that it will work together with Dallas-based AT&T inc. and Verizon (News - Alert) Wireless to develop an LTE version of the PlayBook.

The LTE version of the tablet is now being tested, with hopes of anticipated certifications for the device by the fall, according to the report. This is not the first time Verizon has utilized LTE (News - Alert) as a 4G technology, however, AT&T will be adopting LTE for the first time within the next couple of months to support the tablet.  

Last month, RIM was one of the six companies to win Nortel Patents that will protect each company against lawsuits by utilizing cross licensing between the parties.

The sale includes more than 6,000 patents and patent applications spanning wireless, wireless 4G, data networking, optical, voice, internet, service provider, semiconductors and other patents. The extensive patent portfolio touches nearly every aspect of telecommunications and additional markets as well, including Internet search and social networking.

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Stefanie Mosca is a Managing Editor for TMCnet. Previously she worked as a freelance copy writer for Digital Surgeons LLC. She holds a master's degree in journalism from Quinnipiac University and a bachelor's degree in communication from the University of New Haven. To read more of her articles, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Chris DiMarco

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