CEO Thorsten Heins says RIM may yet sell the hardware division

CEO Thorsten Heins says RIM may yet sell the hardware division
We've heard the rumors a number of times (especially tied to Samsung), but we've never heard the words come straight from RIM, especially not from CEO Thorsten Heins, but it seems like even those inside RIM may be looking to hedge the BlackBerry 10 bets. Thorsten Heins has said that RIM may yet sell the hardware division and license the BlackBerry software.

Heins made the comment during an interview in his native Germany with Die Welt, where he made it known that the company is looking into a few strategies going forward, including the possibilities of selling the hardware division and licensing the BlackBerry software. Heins said (via Google Translate):

Heins said that the final decision is dependent on the results of a company-wide evaluation which is currently in progress. Somehow, we get the feeling that the "company-wide evaluation" is also dependent on how well the BlackBerry 10 launches.

source: Die Welt via Reuters

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16 Comments

1. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

Yea...at least wait it out for a while to see how the new phones and OS do...I see good responses about BB 10 and the new phones. I'm a big Android fan....and I like what I see from these new BB phones.

13. fanboysrdumb

Posts: 44; Member since: Jan 12, 2013

BB10 will survive beacuse its a true innovation with careful precision and avoiding all the patent crap. they did alot of research and hard work to get up to here. and i wish them best of luck especially cause alot of people lost their jobs due to their fall down. but they will bounce back hard and better because creativity is respected. now nokia can maybe learn a thing or two and actually go help those ex-employees starting that software and adapt and build on it.

16. frmrVZguy

Posts: 42; Member since: Mar 10, 2012

The BB service will absolutely survive, IMO. NOBODY does security better. However, BB Z10 looks a LOT like Motorola-DROID-X2_id5235 (use this as a search term) and implies a tie-up of some kind. And since BB hardware is effectively an "accessory" to the service, it seems that a tie-up with MOTOROLA expertise with high security communications might be the way to out-source a waning hardware business as the software is developed to "piggyback" on other OSes

2. henrickrw

Posts: 408; Member since: Sep 16, 2011

I'm an Android fan too, but uses Bold 9900 for Corporate. I have faith in BB10

3. ojdidit84

Posts: 462; Member since: Jul 16, 2011

I'm a pretty hardcore Android fan but something in me also wants Blackberry to succeed and come out of this rut that they're in too.

4. blingblingthing

Posts: 842; Member since: Oct 23, 2012

Same here. If apple can have success for the what I deem a lacking offering; i hope BB better luck with a more compelling product

5. wildcard

Posts: 65; Member since: Jan 15, 2013

l hope it sell well both phones, go rim go !!!

6. Johnnokia

Posts: 1158; Member since: May 27, 2012

Stupid comments. Like what Stephan Flop did when he announced that Nokia will kill Symbian and Mego before the launch of 808 Pureview and N9. At least just wait for the launch of BB10 and then announce like these silly ideas. I dont know how those people have become as a CEO in great companies like Blackberry and Nokia.

8. rusticguy

Posts: 2828; Member since: Aug 11, 2012

By making such statements he is contributing to a probable failure of upcoming BB devices. Why send negative signals before launch?

7. MorePhonesThanNeeded

Posts: 645; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

Google buy them and then run them separately like they do Motorola Mobility. Keep it separate and Google can probably use some of their know how in superb security to sharpen up Android all around. RIM could go all software and license their security to business and allow it to be compatible with smartphones, so BYOD would make it easy for RIM to end up on a great deal of devices all running through the BES. Hey who knows what's going to happen, all I know is somehow RIM has to not die. I'm happy to finally see them step into the 21st century with a device that looks the part and is supported by a well known in security and software. Now lets hope it sells, if not there is always licensing of the BBOS 10 for Enterprise.

9. verty

Posts: 132; Member since: May 07, 2012

Very illtimed comment!!!!

10. Edmund

Posts: 656; Member since: Jul 13, 2012

lol... google translate FAIL

12. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

Ok...what was this supposed to say then.....I hope its not like those 2 Nokia articles that said basically the exact same thing ...just different words....

15. No_Nonsense unregistered

Exactly, what he meant was we could license the QNX based system to car manufacturers, or someone else in the world besides the mobile companies with which we compete. As for selling the h/w division, I doubt if any CEO is too dumb to make such statements when the momentum is right in their favor and daily interest in BB10 is increasing and stocks are rising.

11. T.R.O.L.L

Posts: 51; Member since: Jan 20, 2013

Nicolas Olive and PowerPikarize where are you....?

14. jsdechavez

Posts: 783; Member since: Jul 20, 2012

Microsoft would definitely get this. +1 versus Google.

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