Analyst says RIM has no suitors

Analyst says RIM has no suitors
Thorsten Heins, RIM's CEO, is pulling out all of the stops. He has talked about the possible licensing of BlackBerry 10, although nothing concrete has been made public. While Heins has talked about licensing the QNX inspired OS, another possibility not talked about by the executive is the possible sale of the entire company. Town Hall Investment Research analyst Jamie Townsend sent out a report to clients about a possible sale of RIM. Townsend notes that the Canadian based handset manufacturer has already decided which of its non-essential divisions it can sell to raise cash. There is speculation that IBM is interested in the BlackBerry Enterprise division, but this is a longshot according to Townsend who says that such a sale would cripple RIM's finances.

Going through a list of potential suitors for all of RIM, Townsend finds that Samsung, one of the tech giants most linked to a RIM acquisition, "has its hands full," and while a Samsung purchase of RIM would be the most logical combination, the Korean manufacturer would be "reluctant to add something outside of its current focus."

Other companies mentioned by Townsend as possible buyers of RIM included Microsoft, Amazon, Nokia, Facebook and Google. Each one of them had good reasons not to get involved at this time, according to the analyst. The result? RIM will have to wait for the launch of BlackBerry 10 and hope that it is a success. There are some indications that this could be a possibility. A RIM executive who accompanied CEO Heins on a road trip to visit carriers in the U.S., Canada and Mexico said that Canadian carriers had a "tremendous" response to BlackBerry 10.

source: BGR



1. kingpet13

Posts: 139; Member since: Feb 02, 2012

I think bb10 is to late. I think Samsung should buy it to make it better if they can. I just think that Samsung might want to wait for them to lose some more market share, and get a better price.

2. fanboy

Posts: 38; Member since: Mar 07, 2011

need some help where can i get a nexus 7? coming to the U.S for a week..really want one

3. fanboy

Posts: 38; Member since: Mar 07, 2011

really need some help

5. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

The nearest Radio shack should have it. If not, order the Nexus ahead of time straight from Google Play and have it delievered to where you're staying, just pay attention to the shipping dates to make sure it will get there while you're there. Or, if you're staying with a friend, just have them order it and pay them back when you get there.

6. fanboy

Posts: 38; Member since: Mar 07, 2011


7. Gawain

Posts: 441; Member since: Apr 15, 2010

RIM has the Canadian and US government obstacles to face as well. Samsung, being a Korean company and ROK being a tight ally of the US, probably would not face a "no" from the US antitrust folks, but Canada is pretty tight about keeping things that are "born Canadian" to "stay Canadian." Nortel is a prime example. Having said that, I think RIM has a couple more cards to play other than to simply sellout. I seriously think they should examine options with BBM and BES.

8. axllebeer

Posts: 272; Member since: Apr 05, 2011

I used to think that allowing BBM to be allowed on other platforms was a mistake, but now it sounds like a good idea. It really is the best instant messaging system on a mobile device available. Is it the be and end all to stick with BB, no of course not. But if it was released on Andriod and iOS for $.99, anyone that has used it before would grab it up in a heartbeat. Even if only 25% of Android and iPhone users worldwide purchased it for that price, it would be decent enough revenue for RIM to make it worth their time to design a full version for those platforms in my opinion.

9. Bluesky02

Posts: 1439; Member since: Dec 05, 2011

Amazon should buy RIM

11. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

Same question - why? Amazon can partner with a hardware manufacturer and avoid the 'baggage' that would come along with a RIM acquisition. For that matter, every potential acquirer of RIM has to consider the baggage that would come along with any acquisition. Which is why there is no interested suitor.

13. pikapowerize

Posts: 1869; Member since: May 03, 2012

i actually kinda agree... i dont know why is google and microsoft there... theyu have android and windows phone that is on top right now.... so amazon needs to have its own hardware and software.. and RIM is the best choice...

14. pikapowerize

Posts: 1869; Member since: May 03, 2012

stupid haters... why are you so bitter to RIM.. RIM and BlackBerry/BB10 can go back to business if RIM will rethink where to market and what market should the BB10 devices should be place... if they go all high end with BB10 that is the same price of the next iPhone or the next beastly android.. they will surely fail and upto bankruptcy... they need to market their device right... i will really suggest to CEO that if they offer there high end device off contract, its should be price $150-100 lower than iPhones or androids high end... if on contract, it should be offer like the lumia 900 did... cheaper but with specs of a flagship!!! they should never ever go high end price coz they are not on people's list anymore... but if cheaper but high end spec, then people will surely love to buy one.. its all or nothing here... but i still believe that RIM will be back if the CEO is on the right track and on right mind... its all about marketing strategy here... ecosystem will be alright since some android devs are now porting there apps to app world... and far as i know last may playbook apps are on 25000 and counting since both bb10 and playbook apps run on same kernel now... and RIM really did a good job there that all there product are united... like the upcoming WP8 and win8...

16. 7thspaceman

Posts: 1597; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

The Microsoft deal may come to fruitarian after all if Rim brings Blackberry 10 to the Market place and it fails to sell many handsets. Nokia is however the best choice for for Microsoft to buy or give Billions to help Nokia stay afloat because it's creative talent and other resources would help Windows smart phones sell better. If Microsoft bought Rim it would cause some of it's smart phones OEM's to make no more than one model Windows smart phone or abandon making Windows smart phones altogether. One good thing for Microsoft though is that if they own Rim and let it run almost as an independent company and sell Blackberry 10 and Blackberry branded Windows smart phones with Blackberry security Apps Microsoft would have the best Enterprise smart phones out on the market place . .

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