The BlackBerry PlayBook tablet is finally on sale in the UK, but don't expect to see it on the shelves at your local O2 branch, as the network won't be carrying it.
The 11th hour backtrack comes as a result of concerns over “some issues with the end to end customer experience”. Not quite the grand arrival RIM had in mind...
RIM hasn't been having the best of times recently, with the PlayBook's launch having proven particularly troublesome. The lack of a native email client has been widely criticised, and while RIM promised that the PlayBook would be able to run Android apps, it certainly can't in its current state.
As a result, O2 has decided not to offer the QNX-powered tablet for now, and has sent out of a note of explanation to users who had expressed an interest in picking up the slate on the network.
O2 has clarified that this doesn't mean it won't carry the PlayBook in the future, or other products from RIM for that matter.
But for now, if you're looking to pick up a PlayBook of your very own, you'll have to look elsewhere.