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

104. meanestgenius

Posts: 21595; Member since: May 28, 2014

Because the Android is open source in nature, it is impossible to make it as secure as BB10. Google would have to close off the OS severely, thus removing it from being open source.

127. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

Here is where we get into a problem. Yes AOSP Android is open source. Google's Android, however, is not. And that is what most any Android device runs, unless the user physically roots their device and replaces it with AOSP Android or something like CynogenMod.

122. Dr.Phil

Posts: 2313; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

It would be more likely for a Samsung aquisition to happen than a Lenovo aquisition. As he pointed out, most governments would not approve of a Chinese buyout of a company that they use for secured data connections. Do you not remember the sales ban of Huawei in the US due to security concerns? But, beyond all of that the Canadian government would have to approve the sale and I doubt they would allow the potential job loss that could occur from the aquisition. If anything were to happen I think it would be Blackberry either selling it's hardware division or partnering with Samsung on hardware while keeping total control of it's software divisions. That way governments and executives would still feel safe about the software side of things (since that's what controls the data) and Samsung would benefit from selling the hardware.

16. Furbal unregistered

Knox was already approved by the DOD.

20. tury694

Posts: 167; Member since: Aug 25, 2014

It will happen and I will laugh. You are right about Chen he is a genius and he knows that the only way to save a failing company is too unload it on another struggling company. Change your avatar logo to a Samsung logo immediately.......hahahahaha

30. meanestgenius

Posts: 21595; Member since: May 28, 2014

It won't happen. You're going off of wishful thinking and wet dreams. I'm going off of logic and common sense. Guess which one wins?

33. tury694

Posts: 167; Member since: Aug 25, 2014

You win :(

138. iushnt

Posts: 3075; Member since: Feb 06, 2013

Struggling company?? And far better revenue than Microsoft..

7. tedkord

Posts: 17189; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Buy HTC, too. Then, either you get access to the cross licensing deal with Apple, or its nullified and Apple loses access to the LTE patents HTC has.

9. Salazzi

Posts: 537; Member since: Feb 17, 2014

You're funny. Samdung needs all the monies it can get, seeing as they're in a bumpy ride of their own. If only they can drag some of their moronic fans with them, down the drain, would be great.

10. maherk

Posts: 6748; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Monies?

24. Salazzi

Posts: 537; Member since: Feb 17, 2014

Yes, monies.. that is an actual term and you can look it up.

76. TAMARETTE

Posts: 182; Member since: Jun 15, 2014

It's an actual term used incorrectly in your case. The word monies denotes a spectrum or collection of differing national currency. It is rarely used and only in specific cases. The word money is the general use PLURAL and singular term for currency.

115. Salazzi

Posts: 537; Member since: Feb 17, 2014

It is not used incorrectly. Do you think phones are sold worldwide on simply a single currency? Of course not. Samsung thus in this case, needs all the monies it can get.

117. TAMARETTE

Posts: 182; Member since: Jun 15, 2014

It is used incorrectly. If English is your first language I'll eat my hat.

15. AnTuTu

Posts: 1596; Member since: Oct 14, 2012

Yes they are in bumpy rides and they yet have capability to spend around $7.5 billions. Yes that make sense.

23. Salazzi

Posts: 537; Member since: Feb 17, 2014

Yes, they are. Have you not been on this planet long enough? It isn't a phenomenon for a company to scrape together some extra funds in a bid to revive their own, or as a last ditch attempt to resuscitate it from near death. I don't know where Samsung stands, but what IS clear is that their mobile division is struggling and projections have been lowered yet again. It's been several quarters like this and is expected to continue into the near future, which is why Samsung is seeking to revive it's mobile branch. If that fails and things continue in the current trend, then Samsung itself will be looking for a merger or a sale of it's mobile division (probably to an up-and-coming Chinese brand).

44. snowgator

Posts: 3617; Member since: Jan 19, 2011

The problem is Samsung haters (not saying you are one, do not mean to put words in your mouth) are overreacting to a slow year for the GS5. Samsung still owns the overall sales of the year, and it isn't even close. Samsung is far and away in the profits, even in their "off" year. They will show billions of profits in their mobile division after showing billions in the last year and other billions the year before- both those two year were record profits for a mobile company. Samsung lowering their projections means they will only make 4 times what the #2 mobile handset producer will instead of the 5 times of the last two years. They can certainly afford to do this.

51. Salazzi

Posts: 537; Member since: Feb 17, 2014

I disagree and even they themselves have openly said this. The mobile division (I am and have been trying to show the distinction) is somewhat profitable, but at an enormously less pace, and their projections are that this will continue. That's why I foresee Samsung making some wild moves to try and reinvigorate their mobile division, such as decreasing their bloatware, incorporating less gimmicky features, etc.. in order to bring in customers. Even product redesigns are in order. The problem isn't something that will disappear my friend snowgator, because it's already been found that it's because of Chinese competitors, who are willing to sell more for less, that Samsung is floundering. Those competitors won't mysteriously disappear in FY2015 nor will they be any less competitive.

67. engineer-1701d unregistered

salazzi you must really be slow, samsung is not on a bumpy ride little does your brain know samsung is in everything in the world, think about your 3g connection they hold patents for that all your little iphones all samsungs hard work in the chips and 3g and other parts, the whole house and car electronics, just stick to your comics leave the tech world out of your day.

72. Salazzi

Posts: 537; Member since: Feb 17, 2014

I'm not sure if I should pity you. You try to rag on me for something I've already clarified. Samsung mobile, is a division out of Samsung company. Samsung mobile, is the one having a hard time. I couldn't give two sh*ts about the patents or refrigerators or whatever else Samsung builds. Our conversation is based solely about Samsung Mobile. The significance is that all branches operate separately but contribute financially to the company as a whole. If Samsung mobile ceases to be profitable, then Samsung would either enter a merger or sell it off. That doesn't mean Samsung ceases to exist, but rather the mobile division no longer would. I'd like to offer you some advice a not-so-wise man once told me. "Stick to your comics and leave the tech world out of your day."

80. tedkord

Posts: 17189; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

The fact that you use the term Samdung tells us all we need to know about you - you're a hater. And just like the way Philadelphia fans hate Dallas and NY, it's because of the success. Samsung makes enough profit in one quarter to buy HTC, with plenty left over for advertising, etc. It would be a great move. Apple only made the deal with HTC because of the LTE patents, they knew Samsung could block LTE on their devices. Buy it up, and watch Apple drop all their silly lawsuits with Samsung.

92. Salazzi

Posts: 537; Member since: Feb 17, 2014

I used Samdung in response to his vengeful comment, which is the real hateful one here. For all you Samsung folk saying Apple fans aren't the brightest ones around, you're proving to be so yourselves. Yet again, you fail to distinguish the difference between Samsung (company) and Samsung Mobile Division (branch). Samsung Mobile is not as profitable as it used to be, nor will it be, in light of the increased competition from other brands.. as Samsungs primary selling point was it's specs. If Chinese competitors continue to sell equal or better spec'd devices for less, Samsung mobile is truly in a downward spiral. I'm sure Samsung company is profitable, but the mobile division is increasingly not. Your entire comment was delusional and wishful thinking sprinkled with a sense of superiority (one that is in fact false). PS: I suggest you read my comments again, as you'd notice I'm being rational and logical, not emotional as some here including yourself. If you read through, you'll notice that I do wish Samsung mobile continues to be operational and I do hope they bring forth a compelling product that I'd buy.

100. Commentator

Posts: 3722; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

Being rational and logical is no excuse for "Samdung." You can't blame other people for reacting negatively towards you when they see you stoop what really just amounts to childish name-calling, no matter how educated your point is underneath.

116. Salazzi

Posts: 537; Member since: Feb 17, 2014

Because it's perfectly fine to say iDiots and the like? The constant anti-Apple tirade and the belittlement of Apple fans is done on the regular, and in more despicable ways that "Samdung" yet I don't see you (or anyone else) stepping in on their defense. Perhaps you're fine with it being one way, but not both ways? Do two wrongs make a right? No. I simply felt like throwing a tad of impoliteness to show my displeasure, and I won't make excuses or apologies for it. Regardless, you do make a fine point. I commend you for what I assume is a respectful attempt at bringing my actions (and how they're perceived) to my attention.

13. SPASE

Posts: 261; Member since: May 03, 2013

Do licencing agreements have an expiry date? I don't think it'll affect them.

82. tedkord

Posts: 17189; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

It was a 10 year deal. But I'd bet that there is wording in it that the licensing can't be transferred through sale or merger, so the agreement would be voided, and Apple would lose all rights to HTC 's LTE patents. I don't know that any of that is true, but its likely.

95. Salazzi

Posts: 537; Member since: Feb 17, 2014

It's unlikely. Apple's lawyers are known to have a keen eye for those sorts of loopholes.

14. Furbal unregistered

That'd be awesome. BB knows software much better than Samsung.

19. Salazzi

Posts: 537; Member since: Feb 17, 2014

Unlike some grade A dummies here, I don't wish a company bad luck. If Samsung mobile division suddenly disappeared, I would find it quite sad, despite the fact that I don't buy their mobile devices anymore (unless they make something compelling in the future). I instead, hope for Blackberry's recovery, and a speedy release of a touch screen high-end device (no.. not their Passport. It's too ugly of a phone for most, despite the compelling specs). I have never bought a Blackberry device so far but I would love too, if the software design was made a little more appealing along with their phone designs. I do look forward to that day, as long as Blackberry stays on it's feet and fights on.
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