Besides SAP, companies like Cisco, Microsoft, LG, Samsung and Google are believed to have some interest in all or parts of BlackBerry. Others interested in the company include former Apple CEO John Sculley, BlackBerry co-founder Mike Lazaridis and Chinese manufacturer Lenovo.
The offer from Fairfax expires on November 4th and so far, there has been no sign that the company has been able to secure financing for its bid. Is it possible that Fairfax, having much to lose as BlackBerry's largest stockholder, decided to start the ball rolling with a bid it never intended on fully follow through on? The idea would be to temporarily put a halt on the share's decline and at the same time, generate interest from others for a buyout of BlackBerry.