BlackBerry PlayBook up for booking, in stores on June 23

We have been speculating on the date of its arrival for a while now, but now we have the absolute clincher. RIM will be launching the BlackBerry PlayBook in India on June 22, as per an advertisement in a leading daily. Booking for the tablet is now open, although it is a bit on the tedious side – you need to SMS “PLAYBOOK” along with your pin code to 56070 to get the address of the nearest store where you can “initiate advance booking.” Those who do so will get a couple of PlayBook accessories as a bonus – a leather case and an HDMI cable. There is no direct reference of the PlayBook being launched on June 22, but the BlackBerry PlayBook web page does refer to purchasing the tablet between June 23 and June 30 to get the free accessories, after advance booking. That is good enough for us, really. No indication of price yet, alas.