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Samsung-RIM rumors getting the go-around again

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Samsung-RIM rumors getting the go-around again
Well, it’s been a few months now, so the obligatory rumor about Samsung either purchasing RIM or licensing BB10 has once again reared its head. The spreader of the rumor is something of a retread too – Peter Misek, an analyst from Jefferies, raised the possibility of a buyout back in January, which lead to a brief jump in the price of RIM shares. The bump was short lived, as Samsung shot down the rumors forthwith.

Misek was not dissuaded however, and released the following statement:

Given recent management comments in the press, it now appears that RIM is realizing what Wall Street has been saying for some time: they are a subscale manufacturer and desperately need a partner,” Misek wrote in a note to clients. “We believe RIM is attempting to revive discussions with Samsung regarding a BB10 licensing deal.

It’s true that RIM has become much more explicit about hoping to license out BB10 of late, but it’s not clear that Samsung would be interested – Samsung and Apple are currently divvying up the lion’s share of the profits in mobile, and the rampant success of their Android devices doesn’t suggest an imminent need to license a new OS that the public isn’t familiar with. And even if they did feel that need, they are already diversified by producing Windows Phone devices.

That’s not to say that we can’t imagine Samsung purchasing RIM, it’s just that we don’t think they would do it just to have their own operating system. If they do pull the trigger it seems more likely that they would be interested in RIM’s IP – they have more than a couple of useful patents that Samsung could use in their ongoing legal battles with Apple. Samsung would also inherit BBM, which was being tested running on both iOS and Android in past years.

We wouldn’t expect quick action either way; Samsung wouldn’t risk licensing BB10 before RIM ships a device (sometime in 2013) that proves the OS is worth developing for, and they most likely wouldn’t swoop in and try to purchase RIM until seeing how their stock moves in the coming quarters. It will likely sink further as the quarters tick by without a new handset, and if BB10 does fail, the bottom will likely fall out of RIM’s stock, and they will be looking for someone to acquire them.

Regardless of what happens, we imagine Mr. Misek or others like him will be predicting it several more times between now and then. And one of these times they may even be right.

source: AllThingsD

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posted on 08 Aug 2012, 14:12 4

1. andrew1953 (Posts: 175; Member since: 13 Nov 2011)


All negative crap. Seriously hope Samsung don't get their paws on RIM. QSX is too sophisticated for Samsung and they'd just popularize it onto a carnival side show event. Hope RIM can get back alone,turning out a quality,niche product that has integrity as its centeral core value. There'll always be a BlackBerry in my heart and top shirt pocket.

posted on 08 Aug 2012, 14:25 1

2. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5953; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


If Sammy is making so much coin off of their Android effort, why would they even be interested in an OS that is going nowhere fast? If BB10 starts to grow like wildfire, maybe it would be worth Sammy's attention. But in the time it will take for BB10 to be released by RIM, Sammy will probably sell more Android-based devices than RIM will sell of BB10 devices in an entire year.

posted on 08 Aug 2012, 14:27 1

3. guest (Posts: 110; Member since: 13 Jun 2012)


It would be smarter to wait and see if BB goes anywhere. Samsung doesn't need them right now but if BB fails Samsung could get BB IP cheap instead of keeping BB afloat and paying licensing fees. Much smarter way to go.

posted on 08 Aug 2012, 15:00 4

4. DigitalBoy05 (Posts: 203; Member since: 04 Jun 2011)


just imagine if Sammy had BB's servers. now that would be awesome.

posted on 08 Aug 2012, 15:13 1

5. Follower (Posts: 13; Member since: 03 Aug 2012)


RIM has faith on their OS, NOKIA not, we will wait who will success

posted on 08 Aug 2012, 15:14 1

6. StreetNerd (Posts: 722; Member since: 08 Dec 2010)


Prefer Microsoft to buying RIM

posted on 08 Aug 2012, 19:11

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


oh no.. no no no NOOOO!!! not samsung... RIM should still and will be independent forever!!! samsung makes crappy phone and its OS (bada) looks ugly as hell (and tizen looks like a rip off of android!!) unlike BB10 which looks magnificent as heaven!

i hope no one buys RIM!! not nokia, not microsoft, not google and not samsung!!!!

but amazon would be a nice choice... but i hope they wont buy and RIM wont sold itself!!!

come on people we need more competition to these smartphone world!! not just iOS and crappy skinned android (the original android like nexus is not crappy but manufacturers like samsung with its stupid touchwiz destroyed android)

WP8 and BB10 will be the other choice!!! best of luck to these awesome OS!!!!

posted on 08 Aug 2012, 20:03 2

8. The_Godfather (Posts: 158; Member since: 26 Apr 2012)


Sammy was, is and shall be the best phone and tablet manufacturer in the world. People like you can't change the way Samsung is.

What Apple has got? Bunch of stupid people who are bringing the same crap again and again. Come on dude jus wake up

posted on 08 Aug 2012, 20:55

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


oh please... they make substandard phones... not even close to there apliances!

samsung for you might be the best.. but still there are people who dont like them...

and i was saying about the competiton...

iOS and Android is dominating.. and android has a lot of players and samsung play it best... even motorola makes awesome looking phone and hardware they cant de throne samsung same goes with sony...

so thats why i dont want samsung to touch RIM and BB10!!! RIM still has a lot of tricks on its sleves... it might be a real iOS contender because they are both smartphone centric.. but RIM will fail in terms of apps! the android contender is also BB10 but WP8 has a lot of something to show off! dont forget about Jolla OS (MeeGo base OS by ex nokia people) and they are growing fast!

FACT: even ship owners prefer made in USA and Japan products than made in China and south Korea just to be safe!

posted on 08 Aug 2012, 21:04

10. The_Godfather (Posts: 158; Member since: 26 Apr 2012)


Wateva....!! Sammy is the Best :)

posted on 08 Aug 2012, 22:12

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


blind people can see the truth but people acting blind cant!

posted on 08 Aug 2012, 23:05

14. The_Godfather (Posts: 158; Member since: 26 Apr 2012)


Don't cry.

Apple's game has already been over :)

posted on 09 Aug 2012, 01:06

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


do you think is android dont exists samsung will be this big? you're stupid comments are dumbier that you!

im not an apple fan.. i just like apple... and even some android fans see samsung a real copycat!

what im saying is.. samsung shouldnt buy RIM and BB10 has more promising quality than android did to the new jelly bean.. they only bring a search assistant.. and apple did that done that...

come on men.. we need some more contenders to this game!!! not just a 2 horse race! iOS family and android nation is dominating.. we need to see BB10 empire and WP8 kingdom on the game!

well i'll know you will thumbs down me.. but please stop being a die hard fan!

posted on 09 Aug 2012, 15:40

16. The_Godfather (Posts: 158; Member since: 26 Apr 2012)


You are just a kid dude:)

posted on 08 Aug 2012, 22:21

12. joey18 (Posts: 546; Member since: 20 Jul 2010)


Sammy only looks for money but idea ios rim samy wans to copy iphone thast sucks

posted on 08 Aug 2012, 22:42

13. a_tumiwa (Posts: 301; Member since: 16 Mar 2012)


maybe Samsung will use BB10 for BB country (indonesia, canada) :D

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