BlackBerry CEO finally admits the company is "open to partnerships"

BlackBerry CEO finally admits the company is "open to partnerships"
There have been constant rumors that BlackBerry's ultimate goal in its current strategy is to rebound just enough to be able to sell the company. BlackBerry CEO Thorsten Heins still won't admit that is true, but he did finally say at BlackBerry's annual shareholders meeting today that he is "open to partnerships".

BlackBerry did not have a good showing in its most recent quarter, but Heins tried to make the best of it, saying:

Heins also deflected questions about selling the company, saying that he didn't want to "distract management from what [he expects] them to do." But, that doesn't mean that Heins is completely closed off to the idea of outside help. He admitted that BlackBerry is "100% open to partnerships and alliances", but he didn't detail what those partnerships might be. 

Heins continued to urge shareholders to be patient as his plans unfold, but it is unclear how much patience shareholders will have as the company continues to lose money. 

source: WSJ



28. CardiWPfan

Posts: 129; Member since: Sep 12, 2012

I think the best partnership or viable alliance for BLACKBERRY is Microsoft and Nokia. Microsoft and Nokia did approach Blackberry in 2011 to create a Trifecta alliance. Blackberry backed out and is now suffering. I really think Blackberry needs to reconsider Microsoft's offer from 2011 and roll with it. Get it together Blackberry of I see you being broken up into pieces. Canadian regulations forbids any foreign entity to completely take over a Canadian company 100%.

27. RomeoJDR

Posts: 245; Member since: Dec 09, 2011

huge consumer base established what was the point of investing more into research and development when we can boost our gross profit margin. After feeling some heat from Apple and watching Android take seemingly rushed out the fatally flawed Torch followed by a tablet released without their famed messenger supported. Now they are looking for a lifeline. How does a company that knows their future is truly at stake experience delay after delay after delay releasing current generation hardware and software, then delivers a phone that only meets midrange standards? Must be nice to be CEOs for BB becoming millionaires by driving a company off the curb

26. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

Nokia buy BB or Sammy will take it.

24. ChafedBanana

Posts: 409; Member since: Sep 20, 2011

BlackBerry's Z10 is a nice phone. I own one along with a Galaxy S4. The problem with Blackberries is they lack so many popular apps that are available on Android and iOS. Pandora?

23. neutralguy

Posts: 1152; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

Too much people here talking about android. For the love of God, android is not the answer to everything. You may have top of the line handsets paired with android but it doesn't guarantee anything. Look at htc. It's been in android for anyone can remember. Samsung may be a big giant now but it is constantly losing shares and money. It's all up to how you manage the company and how you market your products.

22. ilia1986 unregistered

If they made top-spec Android phones with a slide-out physical BB keyboard a-la BB Torch but only much larger - I think they would be 2nd place after Samsung now.

30. Jillxz

Posts: 149; Member since: Jun 04, 2012

No body wants a slide out physical keyboard today. Get real.

21. sriuslywtf

Posts: 297; Member since: Jul 09, 2013

So sad to see the utter fall of a smart phone giant... Maybe diversity is the answer for them..

19. mottykels

Posts: 387; Member since: May 15, 2013

Throw teh bb os and do a bb android lol

18. shamataa

Posts: 257; Member since: Dec 07, 2011

my god man its too late. You are in too deep to get out. Nobody will join you becuase you are not smart enough to do this 1 year ago.

20. FlushGordon unregistered

spot on

15. XPERIA-KNIGHT unregistered

Keep on keeping in blackberry :)

16. XPERIA-KNIGHT unregistered


14. FlushGordon unregistered

Too late, too late But nobody will miss them I guess

13. Bluesky02

Posts: 1439; Member since: Dec 05, 2011

Microsoft should buy it then leave Nokia alone. So that Nokia could revive Meego aka Jolla OS and kick everyone's ass

11. -box-

Posts: 3991; Member since: Jan 04, 2012

Some of that gesture goodness would be right at home in Windows Phone. Hope BB doesn't go the way of Palm

8. RiseAgainst94

Posts: 281; Member since: Mar 03, 2012

Nokia. Let's do this.

29. Jillxz

Posts: 149; Member since: Jun 04, 2012

Nokia's not much better. It will be gone soon.

6. Dr.Phil

Posts: 2565; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

If I was in charge of RIM I might look into collaborating with the Tizen project. I think it would be awesome to see some hints of Blackberry in the Tizen OS, especially some of the gesture based controls. Plus, they would have two huge partners, Samsung and Intel, to make sure that they had a good chance at selling devices and gaining market share (not to mention good prices on hardware components, which means they could offer top of the line hardware at more competitive prices).

25. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

Nice idea.

5. WHoyton1

Posts: 1635; Member since: Feb 21, 2013

Poor poor BB employees......I feel sorry for the many employed at BB however do not feel sorry for the fat cats at the top.....they should have seen there demise coming and dealt with I! Shame on them!

7. roldefol

Posts: 4745; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

The absolute hubris of the RIM CEOs was just astounding. First they dismissed Apple as a weak player. Then they ignored the touchscreen trend. By the time they acknowledged Android's dominance, it was too late. So yeah, I feel sorry for the employees and for Canada, but I don't feel sorry for the company or its shareholders.

3. rusticguy

Posts: 2828; Member since: Aug 11, 2012

Android Tsunami impact. Who is next?

10. AnTuTu

Posts: 1625; Member since: Oct 14, 2012

iOS :p

12. moroninc

Posts: 193; Member since: Jul 14, 2012

haha good one

2. Johnnokia

Posts: 1158; Member since: May 27, 2012

No one would joing a sinking ship. So sad for BB. They were giant.

4. roldefol

Posts: 4745; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

Like the Titanic. Sunk by lack of foresight.

1. ZeroCide

Posts: 819; Member since: Jan 09, 2013

Not sure there is much RIM can do to bring BB back.

9. juandante

Posts: 679; Member since: Apr 23, 2013

No it's just there is way to much actors on the market for all of them to live : RIM NOKIA SAMSUNG LG HTC SONY MOTOROLLA APPLE CHINESE ALCATEL HP, DELL, ASUS, ACER (previously) So when you go in a shop, you have at least 9 brand of phone to buy an each brand have more than 10 mobiles (except Apple). They should move to tablet PC or any other thing witch is not saturated. Sad that it's BB and not chinese/corean sh*t like HTC or LG as they are many, but this must happen.

17. sniper1087

Posts: 537; Member since: Dec 31, 2011

Sorry to correct you but it bothers me Korean* as well as Motorola*, there

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