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Carriers in the USA have dropped the new BlackBerry PlayBook tablet with Sprint being the latest to bail out on the Research In Motion product.Launched 4 months ago in the USA (and recently in Australia) the tablet is struggling to get traction among consumers and the users of its Blackberry phones.

In recent weeks RIM has seen its stock price tumble 58% this year as sales of the Blackberry phone loses ground to Android based phones and the Apple iPhone.

The Wall street Journal said that Sprint, which announced in January that it would sell a version that would run on its 4G high-speed network, said it reversed course after seeing little demand among business customers for the PlayBook.

AT&T and Verizon Wireless have already dumped the Playbook.

Without the carriers’ backing, RIM will have to bear the burden of sales and marketing support for the tablet, as well as application development.

“It’s an interesting concept, it just hasn’t caught on with business customers as much as they would like,” Paget Alves, president of Sprint’s business markets group, said of the PlayBook. “There are so many tablets in the market, it creates confusion for the average customer.”

Retailers who chose to offer the RIM tablet are today sitting on stock after RIM shipped 500,000 Wi-Fi-only PlayBooks into the market.

In contrast, Apple said it sold 9.3 million iPads in the June-ended quarter, and Motorola recorded 440,000 deliveries of its Xoom tablet.

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