Samsung wants to buy BlackBerry for $7.5 billion (update: BlackBerry denies)
posted by Florin T. / Jan 14, 2015, 3:55 PM
Reuters has it that executives from Samsung and BlackBerry met last week to analyze an eventual deal, and are now working with advisers to see how and if the purchase can go through. It’s said that Samsung proposed to offer from $13.35 to $15.49 per share - this represents at least 38% over BlackBerry’s trading price.
Even if BlackBerry is currently barely relevant in the smartphone industry, the company has a rich patent portfolio (related to both hardware, and software), and Reuters reports that this is the main reason why Samsung wants the acquisition to happen.
Following the news of a possible deal with Samsung, BlackBerry shares jumped up to 30% today.
Back in November 2014, Samsung and BlackBerry signed a deal to integrate BlackBerry Enterprise Server 12 into Samsung's KNOX security platform on select Galaxy phones and tablets. Things have escalated quickly since then, isn’t it?
We’re obviously looking forward to seeing if Samsung and BlackBerry officially reach an agreement. What about you, do you think it’s a good idea for Samsung to purchase BlackBerry?
Update: BlackBerry denied the fact that it’s in talks with Samsung by declaring:
It's worth mentioning that Reuters is a highly credible source, but for now we'll just have to go with BlackBerry's official statement on the matter.
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nice one sammy
posted on Jan 14, 2015, 3:59 PM 11
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Holly mother I didn't see that coming. Go for it Sammy, BB has great stuff under their hood. A robust and most secure OS, great hardware and I wonder whether QNX come with this deal as well. If it does that will be great :)
posted on Jan 14, 2015, 4:27 PM 8
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microsoft did nothing with nokia... nokia played smart they got 7 billion $ and still own the patents and can still produce phones from 2016.. they already are in tablet market now with N1 ..through licencing deal they got rid of loss making Windows phone and eflop + declining feature phones.. MS got only few patents related to lumia phones ,asha,and pureview Majority are still owned by nokia
posted on Jan 14, 2015, 4:57 PM 7
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Hahahah where are the BB trolls.
posted on Jan 14, 2015, 4:30 PM 1
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I already own a Lumia 925. Great phone. I prefer BlackBerry and BB10. It suits my needs. You should pick up a BB10 device and use it for a while. Maybe then you will realize how wrong you've been for trolling BlackBerry.
posted on Jan 14, 2015, 4:47 PM 6
meanestgenius, your post is so true. I see a lot of people asking Apple to include Android features, I say why not use Android, I (just like millions upon millions) like iOS the way it is. I may have a few requests that iOS nor Android has, but if I wanted android features, I would get android. iOS is great because it is so different, same for BB and Windows - the further they're appart in UI and ecosystem the more fun this mobile tech world is. Assuming Samsung is building up Tizen - I cant wait to see what Samsung can do with it's OWN ecosystem... if they buy BB, they may dissect it keep some parts and throw away (sell) the rest in effect destroying a "choice" that some (maybe a few) but some still prefer... This isn't a war, people, this is competition, where consumers win...
posted on Jan 15, 2015, 1:44 AM 3
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Agreed. People should just live and let live. Enjoy your OS of choice and let others do the same. As you said, if I wanted said features from another OS, I would simply buy a handset from that OS to use. +1 to you.
posted on Jan 15, 2015, 2:49 AM 2
Posts: 537; Member since: Feb 17, 2014
F that. Tbh I'm anxious to get a WP and would have within the past week but I'm getting sick and tired of waiting for Microsoft to release a flagship device. I'd have picked up the 930, if it worked on T-Mobile. Sadly most of the bands it utilizes aren't supported in the US. As for the Icon, that solely Verizon only and reportedly LTE doesn't work on other carriers (though I've recently heard that it can be achieved unstably through some tinkering.. which a customer shouldn't have to do).
posted on Jan 14, 2015, 5:33 PM 0
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