1. InfectedPhreak's Avatar
    Thought this was pretty interesting, Check this out. Supposedly MS/Nokia bid on financially helping stabilize RIM. Which if they buy it, might turn BB into WP.

    EDIT: If it's old and known, forgive me.
    04-01-2012 04:40 AM
  2. psiu_glen's Avatar
    Not sure how valid it is, heard these rumors a few times now, though BGR did have a comment the other day in the RIM is dead article about a possible way to differentiate. Go WP, get BBM on all platforms, and move BES into an Exchange system. Would get you some different hardware choices as a consumer, and give businesses a modern OS with a background service they are used to. And not be counting on releasing a version 1.0 of software to save the company.

    However I'm not trusting anything on the web today...
    04-01-2012 06:46 AM
  3. Big Supes's Avatar
    Looks like this take over is still on the cards.

    It'll be an interesting time for BB, if it happens. I guess MS/Nokia will have to continue BB's current generation of devices running RIM OS -phasing them out over 2/3 years....
    04-01-2012 06:48 AM
  4. InfectedPhreak's Avatar
    Not sure how valid it is, heard these rumors a few times now, though BGR did have a comment the other day in the RIM is dead article about a possible way to differentiate. Go WP, get BBM on all platforms, and move BES into an Exchange system. Would get you some different hardware choices as a consumer, and give businesses a modern OS with a background service they are used to. And not be counting on releasing a version 1.0 of software to save the company.

    However I'm not trusting anything on the web today...
    That's exactly what I was thinking when I read the article. BBM on all platforms would be amazing to have. I mean WP already has Windows Live Messenger, and soon to have Skype but BBM blows that out of the water. It then gives RIM the availability to cover enterprise sector and MS to focus on public/consumer sector.


    Looks like this take over is still on the cards.

    It'll be an interesting time for BB, if it happens. I guess MS/Nokia will have to continue BB's current generation of devices running RIM OS -phasing them out over 2/3 years....
    I wonder what the phones would look like, if they tried sticking to RIM's design with WP OS.
    04-01-2012 06:49 AM
  5. Kahuna Cowboy's Avatar
    I doubt it will happen, MS already has Nokia on board who makes world class hardware. No need for RIM, unless they just wanted patents which MS is not in need of.
    04-01-2012 07:56 AM
  6. Mitlov's Avatar
    It makes perfect sense to me. With Microsoft Office integration into WP, it makes sense for Windows Phone to make a bid to become the phone of choice of the white-collar phone-for-business crowd.
    04-01-2012 01:41 PM
  7. Mitlov's Avatar
    I doubt it will happen, MS already has Nokia on board who makes world class hardware. No need for RIM, unless they just wanted patents which MS is not in need of.
    Nokia seems to be really focusing on the style crowd. The Lumia 800 and 900 are gorgeous, but they're obviously meant as iPhone competitors, not Blackberry competitors. Blackberry could be useful for targeting the "we want discrete keyboards" crowd.
    04-01-2012 01:43 PM
  8. Kahuna Cowboy's Avatar
    Nokia seems to be really focusing on the style crowd. The Lumia 800 and 900 are gorgeous, but they're obviously meant as iPhone competitors, not Blackberry competitors. Blackberry could be useful for targeting the "we want discrete keyboards" crowd.
    That is a shrinking market. Why buy the headache that is RIM who is in dire straights? What would owning RIM bring to the table for MS? Basically what hole would owning RIM plug in the MS machine? Why would MS want to try to turn around that trainwreck when they have their own headache in WP trying to get it to not become the next Kin. I don't see any benefit for MS other than some WP fans get to gloat "Yay! We own RIM!" But for MS, they will now have two failing platforms to turn around, again no benefit for MS.

    RIM has one hail Mary left in the BlackBerry 10. When that fails, and it will fail, MS can buy whatever it might want or need from RIM for peanuts without buying a headache that is the whole disaster that RIM has become in whole.
    04-01-2012 02:56 PM
  9. HeyCori's Avatar
    Nokia buying RIM makes a lot more sense since Nokia still makes BlackBerry like devices. However, I could see why Nokia might go to MS to help finance the deal.
    04-01-2012 03:08 PM
  10. inteller's Avatar
    BB might be the key to getting the super cheap devices Nokia wants to flood emerging markets with. That's the only reason I can think of making such a ridiculous buy. rim is worthless in the modern tech world.

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    04-01-2012 03:29 PM
  11. selfcreation's Avatar
    samsung is also looking to buy shares/patents from RIM.

    thes news been going around for a couple weeks now.
    04-01-2012 04:15 PM
  12. bobsentell's Avatar
    I think this is wishful thinking. RIM brings nothing to the table that Nokia and MS doesn't already have.
    04-01-2012 04:47 PM
  13. Mitlov's Avatar
    That is a shrinking market. Why buy the headache that is RIM who is in dire straights? What would owning RIM bring to the table for MS? Basically what hole would owning RIM plug in the MS machine? Why would MS want to try to turn around that trainwreck when they have their own headache in WP trying to get it to not become the next Kin. I don't see any benefit for MS other than some WP fans get to gloat "Yay! We own RIM!" But for MS, they will now have two failing platforms to turn around, again no benefit for MS.

    RIM has one hail Mary left in the BlackBerry 10. When that fails, and it will fail, MS can buy whatever it might want or need from RIM for peanuts without buying a headache that is the whole disaster that RIM has become in whole.
    I think the name recognition of "Blackberry" is the only asset of real value that RIM currently has...but it's worth a lot. I think a line of "Blackberry -- powered by Windows Phone" devices with dedicated keyboards and Windows Phone OS could do incredibly well with the same sort of people who buy ThinkPads.
    04-01-2012 04:50 PM
  14. gwydionjhr's Avatar
    Nokia, Motorola and RIM are the 3 old school manufacturers, between them they hold most of the patents that underpin the industry. WP would be probably be bulletproof with RIM under the umbrella.
    04-01-2012 09:47 PM
  15. InfectedPhreak's Avatar
    Nokia, Motorola and RIM are the 3 old school manufacturers, between them they hold most of the patents that underpin the industry. WP would be probably be bulletproof with RIM under the umbrella.
    Definitely have to agree.
    04-01-2012 11:59 PM
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