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Posted at 05:17 PM ET, 04/19/2011

BlackBerry PlayBook on sale, with one big issue

The BlackBerry PlayBook (Associated Press)
Research in Motion’s BlackBerry PlayBook went on sale today, hoping to take a piece of the tablet market. Answering criticism from lukewarm reviews last week, RIM CEO Jim Balsillie told Bloomberg that the tablet would be fine, building off the company’s base of devoted BlackBerry users.

But as of the launch today, the app that integrates the PlayBook and the BlackBerry is not working for AT&T users.

According to CNET, AT&T confirmed that it is not supporting BlackBerry Bridge, the app that pairs the tablet and the BlackBerry to give users access to their e-mail, calendars and contacts.

“We are working with RIM to offer the 'bridge' app to AT&T customers," AT&T spokesman Mark Siegel told CNET. "We've only just received the app and we're testing it now to make sure it will deliver a great experience to our customers.”

The report said that Siegel would not comment if AT&T was blocking the app because it allows PlayBook users to tether their tablets to their BlackBerry phones.

RIM did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Have you bought a PlayBook today? What are your first impressions?

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