Samsung wants to buy BlackBerry for $7.5 billion (update: BlackBerry denies)

According to a source familiar with the matter, Samsung and BlackBerry talked about a possible acquisition last week. Samsung is interested in BlackBerry's patent portfolio...
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143 Comments

136. Mxyzptlk unregistered

What have you contributed?

137. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

Pointing out that you said previously that you don't troll BB articles, yet here you are. All you did was post something to tick off the BB fans. Your comment was directed at the BB fans themselves.

139. Mxyzptlk unregistered

My comment was a simple comment that people got salty over.

2. MrJerry

Posts: 403; Member since: Oct 05, 2012

Interesting

3. KoreyEcKorbuscus

Posts: 6; Member since: Feb 29, 2012

Do it SAMMMY DO IT

4. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

Now that's a smart move. BRING BACK QWERTY phones SAMSUNG!

63. engineer-1701d unregistered

hell no, qwerty must go!

5. Fuego84

Posts: 357; Member since: May 13, 2012

Blackberry devices with touchwiz....

21. tury694

Posts: 167; Member since: Aug 25, 2014

Gross, I cringed at the thought.

45. xq10xa

Posts: 808; Member since: Dec 07, 2010

LOL. That's a good one.

107. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

Blackberry replace touchwiz that would be awesome

6. meanestgenius

Posts: 21597; Member since: May 28, 2014

I am doubtful about this going through and here's why: National Security. It will be the priority in this "buyout". And not just for Canada. There are too many countries to be considered in this, considering so many use BlackBerry devices. Canada would definitely not go for this. If anything, BlackBerry and Samsung may announce a deeper strategic partnership. Samsung making BB10 flavored handset, maybe? This is most likely just a market rumor.

8. maherk

Posts: 6749; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

If Lenovo(chinese) managed to buy Motorola(american), i don't see why the S.A Samsung can't buy BB.

12. AnTuTu

Posts: 1596; Member since: Oct 14, 2012

True that.

25. meanestgenius

Posts: 21597; Member since: May 28, 2014

Motorola did not and does not have 16 of out of 20 of the G20 governments using and relying on their handsets for secure communications. BlackBerry means much more to Canada than Motorola has ever meant to the U.S.

31. Mxyzptlk unregistered

You do realize Motorola makes a lot of equipment used by the government? It's ok to be wrong.

36. meanestgenius

Posts: 21597; Member since: May 28, 2014

Motorola makes equipment used by the U.S. government. BlackBerry is used and relied upon by the many governments of the ENTIRE WORLD. You do the math. It's ok to be wrong.

70. TBomb

Posts: 1268; Member since: Dec 28, 2012

What happens to the security of the world is blackberry is bought by samsung? Does it just disappear? I may not be super knowledgable in the area but i like to think it's an okay thing to happen.

78. meanestgenius

Posts: 21597; Member since: May 28, 2014

Not if Samsung chucks the BB10 OS in favor of Android. But the point is moot. BlackBerry has denied these rumors. http://crackberry.com/samsung-reportedly-talks-purchase-blackberry

140. Mxyzptlk unregistered

You do realize Motorola is synonymous with communication technology or are you still stuffing tissue in your ears?

141. meanestgenius

Posts: 21597; Member since: May 28, 2014

You do realize that BlackBerry is used by more governments than Motorola, don't you? Or is your hatred for all things BlackBerry blinding you to this fact? As I said, it's ok to be wrong.

142. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Apparently it must be because you're consistently wrong on a daily basis.

143. meanestgenius

Posts: 21597; Member since: May 28, 2014

You are clearly referring to yourself.

112. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

you do realize Motorola made the first phone and have more patents

125. downphoenix

Posts: 3165; Member since: Jun 19, 2010

That's true, but that segment of Motorola is still operating independently. The mobile division is different entirely.

65. engineer-1701d unregistered

and samsung is approved for government use

66. meanestgenius

Posts: 21597; Member since: May 28, 2014

Samsung's Knox is NOWHERE NEAR as secure as BlackBerry's BES or BlackBerry devices are. This fact is evident by Samsung turning to BlackBerry to make Knox more secure.

97. Commentator

Posts: 3722; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

Okay... So what if Samsung were to use BB's security instead of Knox? Would it be somehow less effective because they are now a subsidiary of a company based in South Korea instead of Canada? And to your chucking BB10 instead of Android, is there a reason the two couldn't reconcile?

99. meanestgenius

Posts: 21597; Member since: May 28, 2014

It would be less effective if they still used Android as the underlying OS. They would have to go full-on BB10 to have the most secure device.

102. Commentator

Posts: 3722; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

Is there any way Android could be worked to be more secure given time, research, and development, or is it just the way Android is built from the ground up? (I'm not trying to contradict you or anything, I'm just curious as to the minutia.)
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