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Blackberry Wants a Sale by November
by Karl Bode 12:03PM Thursday Sep 05 2013
Last month Blackberry announced that the company had formed a committee to explore the potential sale of the company, after the company's latest OS and smartphones failed to be the game changers they'd promised. According to a report in the Wall Street Journal, BlackBerry's board of directors is eager to hold a fast auction, with the hopes of selling the company by November of this year. At the same time, while China's Huawei has shown an interest in expanding their smartphone presence globally, this week they ruled out acquisitions (Blackberry or anybody else) as a way of doing it.

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TBBroadband

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MSFT?

This would be a great addition to MSFT or even Samsung.

FFH
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Re: MSFT?

said by TBBroadband:

This would be a great addition to MSFT or even Samsung.

The only value left at Blackberry are their hundreds of patents. Nobody wants them for anything else.
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Re: MSFT?

said by FFH:

said by TBBroadband:

This would be a great addition to MSFT or even Samsung.

The only value left at Blackberry are their hundreds of patents. Nobody wants them for anything else.

However I think those patents might work well for MSFT, Owning them could clear lots of hurdles for getting windows phones to become the favored corporate phone.

In a logical MSFT could for example take BBM and find a way to work it into Windows so someone at their desktop PC could pull up a window and BBM someone seamlessly.
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TBBroadband

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Re: MSFT?

Very true. the hardware could be useful as well for those that want the same feel. MSFT could work the two systems together.

EUS
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Telegraphing your demise

to the whole world; real smart.

OSUGoose

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Re: Telegraphing your demise

Or they simply see the writing on the wall.

Besides they now have 2 months of a bid war to deal with.
zod5000

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Where are next years phones?

From my point of view Blackberry spend too many years developing bb10 and putting out the z10 and q10 phones.

Both Apple and Samsung continue developing and put out new phones ever year (for apple it seemed like they started to hit their stride with the Iphone 3 and for samsung the s2 then the s3).

It doesn't sound like Blackberry has plans to put out newer better phones next year. I think you have to be planning ahead. Samsung is always finding ways to improve their flagship Galaxy devices.

If blackberry wants to come back they need to be release newer/better phones every year as well.

If not someone's only going to buy them out for the patents and security software.
TBBroadband

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Re: Where are next years phones?

Apple doesn't really put out any new phones. The design is the same, the specs are pretty much the same, etc. The only thing that's different really is the iOS update. And the dual cameras which weren't on the device to start off with.

Samsung actually develops, they change their phones, the looks, the feel, etc.

And just because they wish to sell the company, doesn't mean they won't put out devices; unless GOOG takes over and then they won't do anything with the company but gut it and lay off thousands of people. Any who buys them out has a HUGE deal with governments around the world for phones and software.
ISurfTooMuch

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Re: Where are next years phones?

At this point, any company that's already making phone hardware or software will do exactly the same thing. Since RIM has an Android app under development, Google may want them to get it and prevent it going to another platform. I could see Google getting them and rolling them into Motorola. Then take the combined company and use it to make stock Android devices with RIM's tech, and aim those directly at businesses. No carrier bloatware, and new updates can be pushed out immediately instead of going to manufacturers and then carriers for approval/butchering.
TBBroadband

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Re: Where are next years phones?

Google could do that now. They do not though. Google has done little to nothing with Motorola Mobility which was stupid on their part. They've gutted the company and done with it.

MSFT or another large actual phone marker would be better suited with BB.

EUS
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Now that BB has released the keys to various countries in exchange for market entry, I'd like to ask, what security?
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TBBroadband

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Re: Where are next years phones?

Those keys aren't given out to the mass public like Android is.
Eldorados

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Perhaps you haven't seen the new Q5 that was just released or heard the news of the new Z30 which is due out near the end of this year which is intended to compete with the Galaxy

Yeah.. a bit late, but they are pushing more phones out
ISurfTooMuch

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Re: Where are next years phones?

The trouble is that RIM is now publicly on the auction block, and anyone who's paying attention knows that the likelihood is pretty good that whoever buys it will simply cannibalize the company for technology and parents. Considering all this, it's going to be hard to convince many businesses to make significant investments in Blackberries.

Corehhi

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Who cares????

Plenty of cell phone makers and sellers out there, in the big picture it does not matter whether Blackberry lives or dies. Ironic that they really started this obsession with smart phones but this isn't the first time in tech some thing like this has happened. Crackberry to deadberry. LOL.

EUS
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Re: Who cares????

Who cares? Probably the millions of people who have this as part of their retirement portfolio.
Thankfully, I'm not in that boat.
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Corehhi

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Re: Who cares????

said by EUS:

Who cares? Probably the millions of people who have this as part of their retirement portfolio.
Thankfully, I'm not in that boat.

You can't fall in love with stock in the end it's just a piece of paper, you can't live in it, drive it or sleep with it. I do feel sorry for retirees who do fall in love, Eron comes to mind.

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Re: Who cares????

I don't think it's a question of love, I think in general most retirees (both current and future) are beyond ignorant as to what their 401's/RRSP are made up of, they'll take a hit without knowing that they even held any shares.
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Corehhi

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Re: Who cares????

said by EUS:

I don't think it's a question of love, I think in general most retirees (both current and future) are beyond ignorant as to what their 401's/RRSP are made up of, they'll take a hit without knowing that they even held any shares.

Just about everyone in the US that has a retirement account took a hit on GM. One way or another GM got everyone and no one really realizes the scope of the amount of money that disappeared. All the GM bonds and stock puff gone.....

n2jtx

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Move To Software

It is great to be an armchair quarterback after the fact but the writing has been on the wall for BlackBerry since around 2010 when iOS and Android really took off. The ideal solution would have been for them to move their platform to an application that could run on iOS and Android and skip the proprietary OS. Even HP threw in the towel with PalmOS (or whatever they wound up calling it) and that used to have a huge market share.
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TBBroadband

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Re: Move To Software

HP could have made WebOS something if it wished. They didn't even do anything with it after they purchased it.
dplantz

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Blackberry Sale

I suspect that Apple will buy BlackBerry for its patents. If that does not happen, then a private equity firm my buy them like what happened to the cable company RCN. I do not think Microsoft will buy RIM as they just bought most of Nokia for 7.8 Billion Time will tell what happens here

OSUGoose

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Re: Blackberry Sale

It would be smart if MSFT buy them, Blackberry was a smartphone innovator and has some very valuable patents. It would still be possible since they want to be sold by November, thus open to any offers.

Metatron2008
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Microsoft seems to enjoy overpaying for crap.

They can buy them! It's not like Windows Mobile won't die anyway. They can enjoy all of the Nokia and Blackberry patents when it does!
TBBroadband

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Re: Microsoft seems to enjoy overpaying for crap.

and Nokia owns a great deal of patents that Apple and others use on their phones.
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microsoft

Microsoft would be the best bet since both are big in corporate environments.