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Rumor: Research In Motion pushing for sale to Samsung

By Jos
Jan 17, 2012
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  1. Update: Samsung has gone on record to say they have not considered acquiring RIM and are not interested in buying the BlackBerry maker. 

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  2. Darth Shiv

    Darth Shiv TS Evangelist Posts: 1,620   +376

    They are on a downward spiral for a reason. The opposition is better. Why would Samsung want to buy out RIM? Apart from maybe hardware manufacturing capabilities... their software is worthless.
     
  3. 3 letters:
    BBM

    If Samsung had BBM in their phones, game over everyone else.
    That's the main reason to get one and why Blackberry phones are so popular here in Canada. If they licensed that out to or was bought by Samsung, that would just destroy everyone else. Plus, get a hefty patent increase vs apple's douchebaggery
     
  4. Burty117

    Burty117 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,917   +684

    I disagree, BBM isn't worth a mention since instant messengers are becoming more popular, multi-platform WhatsApp or Apples iMessage are proof other providers can do instant messaging and do it just as well if not better. If I was samsung I wouldn't bother at all, BBM isn't worth $12 billion, hell Samsung could make their own instant messenger with that money and probably make it better...
     
  5. RIM should just sell for a cheap price now before BlackBerry devices achieve lower market share than they already do now. It was a good run, even though I never, or would never, own a BlackBerry device.
     
  6. blackberry has already made it's image in the world with bbm -- even though apple has created the imessanger people it's hasn't caught up with usage in terms of bbm. bbm is more widely known than imessenger.
     
  7. princeton

    princeton TS Addict Posts: 1,677

  8. hahahanoobs

    hahahanoobs TS Evangelist Posts: 1,631   +431

    iMessage is almost like BBM. Remember, BBM uses a seperate "Blackberry pin" to give to contacts. Similar to a throwaway number rather than giving your actual phone number. And it's encrypted, unlike WhatsApp. BBM is huge overseas. Think terrorists etc.
     
  9. Julio Franco

    Julio Franco TechSpot Editor Posts: 7,058   +645

    Rumors are rumors, but I agree with everyone else... Samsung buying RIM would be a complete waste only comparable to HP's Palm takeover, and we know how that ended.
     
  10. Warzone

    Warzone TS Rookie

    Samsung released a statement, they have no interest in buying them out...this caused a stock drop apparently also of RIM.
     
  11. Archean

    Archean TechSpot Paladin Posts: 5,682   +86

    I think atm probably Google may be the best proposition for RIM (although I don't think Google would want to buy RIM as well), as Google need to get their hands on more patents, whereas, for the rest there is not much value in buying RIM.
     
  12. Blackberry is still popular among corporate users and outside of Western Europe and North America. The plebs on the street aren't using it, doesn't mean it's inferior.
     
  13. Darth Shiv

    Darth Shiv TS Evangelist Posts: 1,620   +376

    Only a matter of time now til it's dead. Our company is transitioning off Nokia and Blackberry for corporate use as Android now has the majority of the required app support. E.g. SalesForce and so on.
     

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