RIM giving away BlackBerry Playbooks to app developers

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playbook-top.jpgIt seems the major price cuts RIM offered on their BlackBerry Playbook tablets still hasn’t been enough to shift the backlog of unsold slates, as today the company revealed they will be giving some units away for free to those who develop apps for their device.

The offer was revealed in a tweet from RIM’s vice president of developer relations Alec Saunders, who stated that those looking to nab a freebie must first submit an app to the BlackBerry App World.

And they’ll have to do it quickly too; to claim a free Playbook, the app must be submitted in under a fortnight, before February 13th. A few more (conveniently) as-yet-unannounced stipulations apply, which may make it difficult for potential developers to meet the terms within the time frame. If they do however, they merely need send an email to developeroutreachprogram@rim.com with the details of the app they’ve created to claim their prize.

“The plan is to provide one free 16GB BlackBerry PlayBook to every registered BlackBerry App World vendor who converts their Android app for use on the BlackBerry PlayBook and submits it to BlackBerry App World,” reads a posting on the BlackBerry developer’s blog.

It’s thought that move is to encourage a rush of apps onto the BlackBerry App World store in preparation for the potential launch of two new BlackBerry tablets this year.

Gerald Lynch