Microsoft purchase of Nokia another nail in BlackBerry's coffin?

Microsoft purchase of Nokia another nail in BlackBerry's coffin?
Now that the one company that dominated the Windows Phone platform is part of Microsoft, it could force BlackBerry's board to move quickly to make a decision on the fate of the Canadian OEM. Before launching the BlackBerry Z10 earlier this year, BlackBerry CEO Thorsten Heins admitted that trying to catch iOS and Android was impossible and that his goal was to top Windows Phone to become a sold third choice for carriers and customers tired of the iOS/Android duopoly. But poor BlackBerry 10 sales combined with Nokia finding a niche in the low-end market, and becoming the King of low-light smartphone photography in the high-end, has given BlackBerry's board something to think about.

Toss in Nokia's new sugar daddy with the ability to print money and Tuesday morning's news could double the speed at which BlackBerry's board decides what to do with the company. It's not like BlackBerry doesn't have some parts of value. The enterprise services division could be useful to a big computer company like IBM while BBM might have some value to Google or even Microsoft. The handsets and software group could be a good acquisition for upstart Chinese manufacturers like Lenovo. Earlier this year Lenovo expressed an interest in buying BlackBerry, although those comments were said to have been taken out of context. Back in February, living legend Steve Wozniak predicted that BlackBerry would end up using the Android OS to take advantage of the company's strong hardware.

Now that Nokia has Microsoft's cash behind them, the smartphone business becomes even harder for BlackBerry to compete in. BlackBerry's board has a tough decision ahead of them and certainly they know that doing nothing is not an option. Third place, which seemed like a reachable and realistic goal for BlackBerry at the beginning of the year, now might as well be 10 million light years away. It's no longer Nokia that BlackBerry is challenging, it's Microsoft, and that is a battle that Thorsten Heins and crew cannot win.

source: WSJ

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23 Comments

1. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

To answer the question posed by your article title - in a word, yes. Come on BB/RIM - liquidate before more $ is flushed down the toilet!

2. TheM16

Posts: 80; Member since: Aug 14, 2013

Find a BIG RESPECTABLE buyer ASAP...or else you know

5. TheM16

Posts: 80; Member since: Aug 14, 2013

Hint..."Cisco"

3. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

OMG what happened! Now Nokia is a part of MS. Anyways MS should take it to right direction and treat properly with Nokia employees unlike Google with Motorola's. Nokia's innovation would come slowly now. BB it's better to be sold out than late.

4. Commentator

Posts: 3723; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

As if it didn't come slowly before? Nokia's always had a reputation for being slow-moving and methodical.

10. lalalaman

Posts: 638; Member since: Aug 19, 2013

It time to speed up...I don't knw bt the team of Nokia will remain the same bt some larger involvement of Microsoft....I hope Nokia doesn't stop making good hardware(durable) like samsung and other r doing to cut back price....one slip and $500 are in trash:(

11. JC557

Posts: 1919; Member since: Dec 07, 2011

MS has a pretty good reputation when it comes to hardware. A lot of their mice and keyboards are solid and very reliable without breaking the bank. Hopefully MS will leave the purchased Nokia team as is.

6. theminolaboy

Posts: 128; Member since: May 18, 2013

I am hoping MSFT will buy BB as well..

7. ardent1

Posts: 2000; Member since: Apr 16, 2011

Here is the pattern: Google buys Moto for its patents MS buys Nokia for its patents ??? buys Blackberry for it's patent. The common denominator is that both Google and MS are really "software" companies. Anyone wants to venture guess as to the next "software" company to buy Blackberry's patents?

8. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

IBM or Oracle = ??? Nah... Probably some OS developing software company.

13. dexter_jdr

Posts: 1163; Member since: Jun 28, 2012

huawei

15. cdgoin

Posts: 614; Member since: Jul 28, 2010

MS bought Nokia to make phones for it.. I wouldn't be surprised if they have XBox made by them in the near future too. What a LOT of people are missing is a LOT of hardware (iPhone, PS3, Xbox One, even some low end Nokia feature phones, to name a few) are all made by FoxConn. FoxCon is the elephant in the room no one talks about. Why do you think the new Motorolas are made in the US, to get away from FoxConn. So While the patents thing does make some sense, I think the cost will be too much for a Lenevo, Huawei or HTC. Not only they they are too reliant on FoxCon, and Canada will want to keep BB non-Asian. If I were to guess, I think MS will be that buyer. Google has been having a hard time with Motorola, so I don't seem them wanting to do that right now.

19. ardent1

Posts: 2000; Member since: Apr 16, 2011

The total consideration paid was over $7 billion. IMHO, the Nokia smartphone business isn't worth $5 billion. The real value are Nokia's patents, which were worth over $2 billion. If you recall, Nokia gets a royalty from Apple for every iPhone sold. Also, MicroSoft makes a killing from licensing its patents on android devices. http://www.forbes.com/sites/parmyolson/2013/09/03/microsoft-to-buy-nokias-mobile-business-for-5b-license-patents-for-2-2b/

9. NokiaFTW

Posts: 2072; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

What if Microsoft buy BlackBerry as well? And release a Windows Phone with Microsoft's mobile office suite, and Blackberry's excellent and secure business services along with BBM? Boy, how well would that sell !?!

17. kanagadeepan

Posts: 1265; Member since: Jan 24, 2012

Also with BSD (Blue Screen of Death)???

12. Akfred

Posts: 76; Member since: Nov 08, 2012

Am actually developing my own software, maybe I should Think of buying blackberry, please who can tell me blackberry's Worth right now cos am really interested.

14. cdgoin

Posts: 614; Member since: Jul 28, 2010

I think its only a matter of time till BB is bought by MS and rolled into Nokia. Nokia couldn't afford to do it.. but MS can. At 7 Billion for Nokia and say 5 Billion for BB, MS would be able to buy the two for less than Motorola. If they leave the Nokia engineers and techs to merge the two platforms. They could rule the enterprise market as well.

16. papss unregistered

I have to agree.. I would like to see m$ gobble them up and let Nokia use them in their own studio to come up with something great. M$ wants to get back business so this would maybe help.

18. jove39

Posts: 2147; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

Well...before selling BB, board should consider making Android based handsets...coupled with BB's enterprise mail and messaging services...they may get last chance to survive...and put BB 10 OS in deep-freezing state!!!

20. DigitalJedi_X2

Posts: 346; Member since: Jan 30, 2012

Microsoft wouldn't be allowed to buy BlackBerry since it's buying Nokia. The EU, DOJ and many others would block that faster than the At&t buy out of T-Mobile. Too many patents in MSFTS hands. It just simply wouldn't be allowed to happen.

21. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

Meh. I can't respond to EU decision-making, but DoJ would follow a different process for a MS-BB acquisition. 4% + 2% doesn't equate to market dominance, regardless of patent portfolio. The market is doing just fine with the existing patent portfolios being separately held. How doe MS having control over BBs patent portfolio interfere with competition in the market?

22. apiskula

Posts: 578; Member since: Jan 25, 2013

Blackberry just go bankrupt and go away. Your services are no longer needed

23. antifanboy14

Posts: 68; Member since: Nov 26, 2012

maybe MS should acquire them as well

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