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IBM seeking to acquire RIM's enterprise services?

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IBM seeking to acquire RIM's enterprise services?
On Thursday, the old rumor about Samsung buying RIM was once again floated, and once again shot down. But later in the day, speculation about another deal started to make the rounds. According to a pair of anonymous insiders, IBM has approached RIM about buying its enterprise services business. This is the division that runs secure servers for corporate communication and recently was in the news when India demanded the encryption codes from RIM. The Canadian based manufacturer doesn't have the codes because the messages pass through RIM's servers encrypted and are decoded when the recipient receives the message. IBM spokesman James Sciales and RM spokesman Nick Manning both had no comment.

Big Blue's approach to RIM was characterized as being "informal" and since no company has made a legitimate offer to buy the entire company, or the division that manufacturers handsets and tablets, RIM is likely to wait out the launch of its BlackBerry 10 powered handsets early next year. Thus, no talks are in progress between RIM and IBM. BlackBerry 10 is the QNX based OS that BlackBerry is using for its next generation of handsets and when some slides and videos of the software were displayed at BlackBerry World in May, they created some excitement which has the company hopeful about the success of the rollout, which has been delayed until 2013.

RIM's share of the global smartphone market has plunged from 12% during last year's second quarter to 4.8% during this year's second quarter. The company has been unable to compete with the Apple iPhone and with Android devices using its current lineup.

source: Reuters

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posted on 10 Aug 2012, 00:35 4

1. XPERIA-KNIGHT (Posts: 2431; Member since: 08 Aug 2012)


Someone needs to work with blackberry as it would be nice to see them in the android crowd..The new Blackberry ___________ with 4.5 inch screen, snap dragon s4 processor 8mp cam and 2000 mAh battery.......Wouldnt that be nice to see?

posted on 10 Aug 2012, 01:00 2

3. MeoCao (unregistered)


Until now RIM still associate their devices with KB, w/o it they don't know what they can use to diffrentiate their products. I have seen their new tablet, what a crap.

posted on 10 Aug 2012, 00:59 3

2. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5727; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


Hmmm. Maybe it is IBM who has been floating the Sammy to acquire RIM rumors? Each time the rumors get shot down, RIM's share price takes a hit, which benefits IBM's price negotiations with RIM....

Just saying.

posted on 10 Aug 2012, 10:02 1

4. snowgator (Posts: 3205; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)


In cut throat business dealings, I could see that scenario very easily.....

posted on 11 Aug 2012, 00:22

5. pikapowerize (banned) (Posts: 1869; Member since: 03 May 2012)


BlackBerry 10 looks promising already... all RIM need to do is to make a killer specs and build quality (i like the polycarbonate like the N9/lumia 800/900 style and htc one x) but offer to carriers like what microsoft and nokia did to L900!! they need to offer it cheaper, it will flop if they offer it pricier than the most wanted phones (S3, iPhone) and then RIM is doomed..

i really dont like what RIM did to there newly release PlayBook 4G.. its really pricey...on contract $350 (i think its canadian dollars since it was first offer to canadian market) versus galaxy tab at $200... what will people buy? the PlayBook because it is from its home country, or a k-pop with android ecosystem?

and the PB is pricier than the iPad... $550 vs $500?! what will people choose?

RIM needs to consider price range first.. they can survive but people demand a killer spec with cheap pricetag!

and also RIM needs to lower down the price of there BB7 smartphones.. the Bold, Torch,Curve series are still pricier than ever... samsung's last flagship the S2 drop its price and so is the other galaxy phones... RIM need to be relealistic to survive.. cut down the price and offer them to cheaper market!!

trust me RIM.. BlackBerry is still what people want but they go samsung because its cheaper and has a lot to offer!

cut down the prices and release BB10 device to a cheap price like lumia 900 did!

and look at what lumia achieve...

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