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Microsoft and Xiaomi thinking about buying Blackberry

Microsoft and Xiaomi thinking about buying Blackberry
BlackBerry has certainly not been doing well in recent years, though CEO John Chen has managed to somewhat halt the company's downfall throughout last year, and even draw some attention back towards the company, no small thanks to the unorthodox Passport handset.

Well, industry insiders claim that the company's profits for the previous quarter exceeded investor estimates, which, apparently, immediately translated into a few major players considering buying BlackBerry. Reportedly, Microsoft, Xiaomi, Huawei, and Lenovo are all among the aforementioned potential investors, with Microsoft even having requested investment companies to evaluate a potential acquisition deal.

Of course, none of this means that any of the companies is actually ready to go through with any type of acquisition just yet, and we're not sure that BlackBerry is ready to give in just yet. In fact, with such huge potential investors beating around the bush, CEO John Chen may actually reinforce the idea that he is on the right track.



source: DigiTimes via NeoWin

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posted on 22 May 2015, 04:40 9

1. gaming64 (unregistered)


meanestgenius DEFENSE MODE ON!!! Prepare for bloody war right on your screen

*grabs popcorn*

posted on 22 May 2015, 05:01 10

6. meanestgenius (Posts: 10247; Member since: 28 May 2014)


Why are you on mines so much?! You got a thing for me now? Sorry to burst your bubble, dude. I flow with the ladies.

posted on 22 May 2015, 05:07 6

8. gaming64 (unregistered)


Did I say I was interested in your Craig, homo? Sorry that I gave you insecurity

posted on 22 May 2015, 05:13 9

10. meanestgenius (Posts: 10247; Member since: 28 May 2014)


Considering the way you've been stalking me on recent BlackBerry articles, one can only come to that conclusion. So when you use the "H" word, you must be referring to yourself. It's okay, I'm not judging you. You are what you are.

And you forgot to put a "." at the end of your sentence.

posted on 22 May 2015, 06:11 4

26. gaming64 (unregistered)


Sorry to insult you, your highness. I shall be nice to you from now on. And no, I am not homosexual. Wait what are we talking about again? Anyway. Blackberry, dont sell yourselves.

posted on 22 May 2015, 06:30 4

27. meanestgenius (Posts: 10247; Member since: 28 May 2014)


As long as you acknowledge that I'm your lord and master, it's all good. :)

posted on 22 May 2015, 06:31 5

28. gaming64 (unregistered)


I answer only to Apple Juice, your Highness. Though our two Kingdoms can perform a truce to stop this war.

posted on 22 May 2015, 06:35 5

30. meanestgenius (Posts: 10247; Member since: 28 May 2014)


Agreed, Apple Juice. Let there be peace. :)

posted on 22 May 2015, 05:55 1

18. AnTuTu (Posts: 1578; Member since: 14 Oct 2012)


If this is the case then I would love to see MS buying BB. Atleast Satya Nadela knows what to do with BB. They may integrate BB's security in Windows phone 10 and can smash enterprise.
Given the fact what continuum is capable of.

posted on 22 May 2015, 07:53 3

34. Johnnokia (Posts: 1062; Member since: 27 May 2012)


And rip off BlackBerry brand like what they did with Nokia

posted on 22 May 2015, 09:52

43. waddup121 (unregistered)


Just do it

posted on 22 May 2015, 09:58

45. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 11871; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


Lol. Is it to late for the popcorn or are you already done?

posted on 22 May 2015, 04:41 2

2. carlemillward (unregistered)


Shame poor Blackberry, they not even officially dead but people are already prowling over them. Typical vulture scenario. But who do you guys think should acquire them, should it come to that?

posted on 22 May 2015, 04:46 5

3. gaming64 (unregistered)


They arent actually THAT dead but they just suffer from low sales. In other words, they're just a relic from the past. I do, however, like Blackberry 10 though.

posted on 22 May 2015, 05:17 2

12. meanestgenius (Posts: 10247; Member since: 28 May 2014)


They aren't "DEAD" at all. They just aren't what they were in the consumer market anymore. Personally, I think they should go full-on enterprise/government/regulated industries and just offer handsets online at shop.blackberry.com and amazon.com for the "average" consumers that wish to purchase a BlackBerry. When they shore up enough cash to dabble in "side-gigs", then they should make a play back in the consumer market.

posted on 22 May 2015, 05:22

15. Ordinary (Posts: 2205; Member since: 23 Apr 2015)


Yep they need more marketing and TV ads to get more attention

posted on 22 May 2015, 05:36 1

16. meanestgenius (Posts: 10247; Member since: 28 May 2014)


Agreed. BlackBerry's marketing team sucks major @$$, and this is coming from a BlackBerry fan. I'm member of several BBM groups, and I gotta tell ya, the members of the group have better advertising ideas and videos than BlackBerry does.

Just telling it like it is.

posted on 22 May 2015, 06:01 1

20. gaming64 (unregistered)


Who the eff said they are typically DEAD? I only said they aren't THAT dead because a chance for a comeback is very low right now due to shallow, not poor, sales of their handsets.

posted on 22 May 2015, 06:34 1

29. meanestgenius (Posts: 10247; Member since: 28 May 2014)


Who the eff said that you said "typically DEAD"? I'm saying their not "dead" at all, not even "THAT dead", as you so aptly put it. "DEAD" would imply that they no longer exist and are a non-entity. That is not the case. They just have an extremely small footprint in the consumer market, currently. But they are the "lions roar" in enterprise.

posted on 22 May 2015, 10:00

46. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 11871; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


I wouldn't say dead. Id say more on life support and desperation. BB 10 looks good finally but they have set themselves back so far that it would take a miracle for them to be back.

posted on 22 May 2015, 05:20

13. emmywee (Posts: 2; Member since: 22 May 2015)


Dead??? Not yet maybe soon. Maybe they might rise again??

posted on 22 May 2015, 08:09

38. Smarter (Posts: 59; Member since: 18 Jul 2014)


Very well said, bro.

posted on 22 May 2015, 04:56 2

4. TheStanleyFTW (Posts: 243; Member since: 20 Feb 2013)


Microsoft buying Blackberry sounds plausible, since they have an internal fight in the Enterprise market :D

posted on 22 May 2015, 05:00 1

5. Neros (Posts: 1016; Member since: 19 Dec 2014)


Canadian government would never give consent to selling BB to Chinese. It's a matter of security.

posted on 22 May 2015, 05:05 1

7. Ordinary (Posts: 2205; Member since: 23 Apr 2015)


They should partner up with Lenovo, would like to see that

posted on 22 May 2015, 05:10 1

9. meanestgenius (Posts: 10247; Member since: 28 May 2014)


Agree with Neros. The Canadian government would never allow such a purchase by any of the Chinese vendors. And BlackBerry would lose all of its North American contracts if such a thing were allowed to occur. The United States is a HUGE client of BlackBerry's.

Microsoft and BlackBerry would actually make a good fit. However, that would be only if MSFT allowed them to function as a separate entity. My concern is that Microsoft would just snatch BlackBerry up for the patents and security technology and discard the rest, kinda like they did with Nokia's handset division. A partnership with Microsoft would be more beneficial to BlackBerry, not a complete buyout.

posted on 22 May 2015, 05:21 1

14. meanestgenius (Posts: 10247; Member since: 28 May 2014)


This "news" of Microsoft and some Chinese vendors made its rounds on the Internet since last week, btw.

posted on 22 May 2015, 05:13

11. emmywee (Posts: 2; Member since: 22 May 2015)


Sell it!!!!!! Buy it!!!!!!!!

posted on 22 May 2015, 05:41 1

17. Kruze (Posts: 1285; Member since: 30 Dec 2014)


John Chen won't give up Blackberry that's for sure.

posted on 22 May 2015, 05:59

19. shiftt (Posts: 333; Member since: 03 May 2015)


If Microsoft buys Blackberry... Hmm. This could be interesting.

posted on 22 May 2015, 06:02 1

21. gaming64 (unregistered)


This might be the end of Blackberry 10 if MS bought it. Or so I believe, there might be a chance.

posted on 22 May 2015, 06:36 1

31. meanestgenius (Posts: 10247; Member since: 28 May 2014)


I agree with you. As I said, my concern is that if Microsoft buys them, they will kill BlackBerry 10.

posted on 22 May 2015, 06:05

22. CAMBODIANPATRIOT (banned) (Posts: 226; Member since: 10 May 2015)


They should sell themself to Apple instead of surrendering to Android gangsters.

posted on 22 May 2015, 06:09 1

23. gaming64 (unregistered)


And reduce them to a hull? No thanks. Never would I want to see Apple buy a phone company.

posted on 22 May 2015, 09:56

44. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 11871; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


Their could be some mutual benefit. Apple gets some extreme security and blackberry gets some long needed relevance.

posted on 22 May 2015, 06:09 1

24. Kruze (Posts: 1285; Member since: 30 Dec 2014)


Who are you to tell them sell off themselves to whom? It's up to them, not pathetic troll like you.

Beggars can't be choosers.

posted on 22 May 2015, 06:09 2

25. Ordinary (Posts: 2205; Member since: 23 Apr 2015)


You should surrender to Gulag hahah

posted on 22 May 2015, 06:38 1

33. meanestgenius (Posts: 10247; Member since: 28 May 2014)


Bwahahahahahahahahahahaha!! He sure should!

posted on 22 May 2015, 06:37 1

32. meanestgenius (Posts: 10247; Member since: 28 May 2014)


Apple would SURELY only buy BlackBerry for the patents and security tech and scrap everything else. NO THANKS.

posted on 22 May 2015, 07:59 1

35. Johnnokia (Posts: 1062; Member since: 27 May 2012)


I am 100% sure Microsoft would do the same. They already smashed Nokia brand which was much worldwide stronger than BlackBerry.

posted on 22 May 2015, 08:47 2

39. meanestgenius (Posts: 10247; Member since: 28 May 2014)


Totally agree with you, John. BlackBerry absolutely would not benefit from being purchase by Microsoft. Microsoft would take the patents and tech and dismantle the rest. +1.

posted on 22 May 2015, 11:28

48. ninja_master (Posts: 306; Member since: 27 Feb 2015)


If they sell themselves to apple it would be suicide on life support

posted on 22 May 2015, 08:03

36. arch_angel (Posts: 1651; Member since: 20 Feb 2015)


well this the best thing for blackberry cause if some one buys them at least they wont be completely dead.

posted on 22 May 2015, 08:08

37. Smarter (Posts: 59; Member since: 18 Jul 2014)


If MS buy BB it will be the same as with Nokia. Buying Nokia helped neither MS nor Nokia nor Meego/Symbian nor WP. Buying BB would be the end of BB OS 10, BB´s security and it would mean dismissal for BB´s employees. With Xiaomi they would be one of strongest companies in mobile business in the world. So, what do you choose Canada?

posted on 22 May 2015, 08:49 1

40. meanestgenius (Posts: 10247; Member since: 28 May 2014)


No Chinese suitors would be able to purchase BlackBerry due to security reasons.

posted on 22 May 2015, 09:33

42. Smarter (Posts: 59; Member since: 18 Jul 2014)


Thus, it would perhaps be the best for BB and for BB users to stay on its own.

posted on 22 May 2015, 09:19 1

41. Crispin_Gatieza (Posts: 1611; Member since: 23 Jan 2014)


Did anybody bother to read the article? BlackBerry has EXCEEDED investors' estimates. That means buying them is now a safe bet. Unless Fairfax Holdings says they're for sale, it's all wishful thinking.

posted on 22 May 2015, 12:02

49. gaming64 (unregistered)


Yep that is us because f**k reading..

Yes. We're arseholes *DING*

posted on 22 May 2015, 12:36 2

50. Crispin_Gatieza (Posts: 1611; Member since: 23 Jan 2014)


Being illiterate doesn't make you an a$$hole, it just makes you stupid.

posted on 22 May 2015, 11:15

47. greenelektron (Posts: 529; Member since: 10 Sep 2014)


Rooting for $MSFT to buy blackberry. They would benefit with the security bb offers

posted on 22 May 2015, 13:17

51. MrElectrifyer (Posts: 2301; Member since: 21 Oct 2014)


I'd be mostly happy with Microsoft buying BB knowing that Microsoft will keep the cross platform services alive. However, won't be happy to now have the NSA eavesdropping on BBM conversations.

posted on 22 May 2015, 18:16

52. EngleBertZombie (Posts: 36; Member since: 22 May 2015)


Won't happen john chen is not ready to sell bb, he has not made it "his" ideal company.

And if Blackberry was sold it would be lenovo because they already tried to buy them and it works because lenovo and formerly Rim worked together multiple times in the past

posted on 25 May 2015, 01:59

53. JoniCen (Posts: 18; Member since: 24 May 2015)


Xiaomi is lean and smart, they don't/won't buy a company like BB that were like a sinking boat.

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