It’s an interesting proposition. How much does RIM really make on the PlayBook when compared to its handset sales and recurring revenue from carriers? It’s probably fairly minimal and considering the PlayBook is integral to the BlackBerry 10 roadmap, maybe seeding the market with free PlayBooks is the way to go. By attaching a free PlayBook with every smartphone sold, RIM would encourage smartphone sales and thus its primary revenue source, while making a significant dent in the tablet market.
I recommend reading Doug Soltys’ take on free PlayBooks. Not only was he the former Editor in Chief of BlackBerryCool, but he’s ex-RIM. Hit this link to Untether.TV, to join in on the discussion.