Research in Motion Ltd. this week began offering a ‘Buy 2 Get 1 Free‘ promotion for the Blackberry Playbook to business customers.

Through Dec. 31, business customers who purchase two Blackberry PlayBook tablets will receive a third at no cost.

In addition, the company is offering one premium accessory per tablet purchase.

The promotion follows a discount of the PlayBook at nationwide retailers.

Staples Inc. in Sept. price cut the Blackberry Playbook to $299.99 after a $100 instant rebate and $100 mail-in rebate.

Meanwhile, Office Depot in Sept. discounted all Playbook SKUs by $100.

RIM released the Blackberry Playbook in Apr. in a 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB SKUs starting at $499.99 to $699.99.

The Blackberry Playbook includes a 7-inch screen, 1Ghz Dual-Core CPU, Dual HD Video Cameras, and Wi-Fi support.

RIM in June said the Blackberry Playbook shipped 200,000 units in the fiscal second quarter, below company estimates. Inc. will release the Kindle Fire Tablet Nov. 15 at $199.99.

The Kindle Fire includes a full-color 7-inch multi-touch IPS display, Dual-Core CPU, 8GB Internal Memory, Wi-Fi functionality, and up to eight hours of battery life.

Applications include the Amazon Silk Browser, E-Mail, Amazon Instant Video, Amazon Appstore, and Amazon Cloud Drive with unlimited cloud storage for Amazon content.

Finally, each Kindle Fire will include a free month of Amazon Prime membership.

Current competitors in the tablet space include Acer Inc.’s Iconia and Transformer SKUs, Samsung Group’s Galaxy Tab, and Motorola Mobility Inc.’s XOOM.

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