In a sign that things might be getting worse for the Blackberry Playbook, Research in Motion has posted up a new deal for the tablet aimed at the business market. The online deal will get customers one free Playbook with the purchase of two, along with offering a free accessory for each tablet such as a charging pad, an HDMI cable or a leather sleeve.
This new attempt to boost sales of the seven inch tablet follows constant rumors (denied by RIM) that the Playbook is on the verge of extinction. Retailers have cut the price of the Playbook by as much as $200 in recent weeks. However, a planned operating system update for the Playbook has now been delayed from this fall to sometime in February 2012.
We do have to wonder what's next for the Playbook if this new "free one for two" promotion doesn't work. Will we see the Playbook being given away for free if you buy a Blackberry smartphone? Orange in the UK is in fact offering an Xbox 360 if you pre-order a new Nokia Lumia 800 smartphone so its not out of the question.
It remains to be seen where the breaking point is for RIM to give up on the Playbook. We suspect that the company won't be patient for much longer, especially as the holiday shopping season approaches.