Research In Motion said its much-awaited iPad rival, the BlackBerry PlayBook, will sell at a starting price of $499 in the United States and Canada and will be available in more than 20,000 retail outlets.

RIM plans to sell the PlayBook through retailers and wireless carriers including Best Buy, AT&T, Verizon, Radioshack, Sears Canada and Walmart.

Separately, Best Buy said the PlayBook will be available at its stores from April 19.

(Reporting by Arup Roychoudhury; Editing by Unnikrishnan Nair)