Amazon, Microsoft and Nokia all considered buying RIM

Amazon, Microsoft and Nokia all considered buying RIM
It says a lot about the state of RIM that Amazon considered buying the floundering company, it says more that Microsoft and Nokia also considered a joint purchase, but it probably says the most that no purchase intent ever made it to the level of a serious offer.

In separate reports today the news came out that RIM had been considered for purchase this past summer. The Wall Street Journal reported that Microsoft and Nokia "flirted with the idea" of jointly purchasing RIM, but the idea was a fleeting one that only came up at one meeting between the executives of the three companies. Some think the idea may have even been tossed out as a joke. 

The slightly more serious consideration came from Amazon. Reuters reported that Amazon even went so far as to hire an investment bank to look over the possible purchase, but never made a formal offer to RIM. It's unclear what happened, but supposedly RIM was actually the one to break up this idea, because the company preferred to try restructuring and rebooting the BlackBerry line instead of selling. Supposedly, both companies are still looking at ways to work together more closely. 

source: WSJ & Reuters



1. oueighteen95

Posts: 26; Member since: Dec 20, 2011

If I was RIM, I would really consider selling because the quad cores coming out and the Gov. is looking at android. RIM won't be around in a year.

2. derricob

Posts: 25; Member since: Jul 18, 2010

Very interesting. I think RIM would be a good buy for Amazon and even Microsoft/Nokia. Hopefully RIM does the right thing and sell their company. I don't see a bright future for them otherwise.

3. Bluesky02

Posts: 1439; Member since: Dec 05, 2011

Never was I interested in BB Phones, but Nokia could change this.

4. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

I doubt Amazon would be interested in RIM. They are already well along their trajectory with an Android tablet (Kindle Fire). What do they think they could get from acquiring RIM? A line of obsolete smartphones? Why bother? IMO RIM is going to do a slow swoon to oblivion. I really doubt they will be a player in the smartphone market by January, 2014.

5. bbstorm2435

Posts: 37; Member since: Oct 21, 2009

I think the reason they are interested in RIM is because Amazon is wanting to develop their own OS (which is why the Fire OS is different from standard Android) so RIM would offer that. And there have been reports that Amazon is wanting to sell it's own phone next year.

6. snowgator

Posts: 3621; Member since: Jan 19, 2011

As a reformed Blackberry user, I see three options: 1)They need better software, or 2) They need to bail on the consumer market and just go all in on their business offerings. Or, 3) like everyone else says, they can just go belly up and take an entire Canadian city's economy with it. Decisions, decisions.... Nah, no pressure on this upcoming line of QNX/BBX operating systems.

9. jgerboc

Posts: 18; Member since: Jan 17, 2009

I like the idea of going after the business market. I am also a "reformed" Blackberry business user, now using the iPhone, and there are many benefits to Blackberry only business people seem to understand. They should focus on user efficiency and effectiveness, and not how many useless apps can I load or how how long my processor performance bar is. IMHO.

7. HTCiscool

Posts: 449; Member since: Jul 16, 2011

I really cant foresee the future for RIM. I think theyll just fade away slowly because business professionals and your average consumer still thinks BBs are high-end smartphones, their death is far from near but they have to focus their energy on places they have got a grip on, like the Middle East and places. If BBX is everything they are expecting it to be then everything may be salvaged, they are spending a lot of time talking about it like its the most amazing thing in the world. I really wouldn't wanna see BB get sold to anyone though...

8. ardent1

Posts: 2000; Member since: Apr 16, 2011

RIM is worth more dead than alive. If anyone learned from the Nortel or Motorola case studies, then it's obvious RIM's patents are worth more than its OS or goodwill or franchise value. The sad fact is RIM's intrinsic value are their patents. Even I would buy RIM stock at the right price as a call option on their patents.

10. jgerboc

Posts: 18; Member since: Jan 17, 2009

Obviously RIM has experienced leadership issues that should have changed long ago. They got caught up in the desparate need for major change vs the burden of legacy and a large loyal following. But I hope users won't abandon Blackberry. Yes Apple has a beautiful interface and Android is fast, but Blackberry got you where you wanted to go with much less thought and effort. It was a tool; it got work done, not something to pass the time. I spend more time now trying to find an app function and less time making decisions than I ever thought possible, but it looks real nice and I get to the wrong place very quickly.

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