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Sale or service licensing appear most compelling options for RIM right now -- RIM is leaning towards licensing

Source: CBC

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HP ... yeah right!
By drycrust3 on 4/2/2012 3:51:53 PM , Rating: 3
For that reason top potential buyers are believed to largely be American firms, such as Dell, Inc. (DELL) or Hewlett-Packard Comp. (HPQ) -- two veteran personal computer makers looking to refine their business hardware offerings.

I am quite sure HP don't want to buy RIM. After all, they've recently assigned Palm to the rubbish bin, and they've decided that tablets aren't the way of the future as well.
A better fit might be someone like Google / Motorola, who already make smartphone and have a vast network of servers.

RE: HP ... yeah right!
By chmilz on 4/2/2012 4:28:23 PM , Rating: 2
Amazon phone.

RE: HP ... yeah right!
By retrospooty on 4/2/2012 4:56:30 PM , Rating: 2
"A better fit might be someone like Google / Motorola"

Good point. Or Samsung or HTC. A good strong foothold into the lucrative enterprise market may be what they are looking for. It's all about price though. What would RIM be willing to sell for. If too high price now, wait another 6 months for a bargain =)

RE: HP ... yeah right!
By Manch on 4/3/2012 6:19:42 AM , Rating: 2
MS has the resources to quickly integrate this. They've scooped up Skype, have Nokia who knows how to make great hardware in there pocket. ATT is pushing NOKIA phones hard as there new Halo product, they have several contracts with the DoD, so rolling this into the fold would make good sense.

A phone with secure comm capabilities, a great interface that can run on lower power devices compared to the competition, and not to mention full integration with MS portfolio of other services/apps would be awesome.

Then theres folding all of this into to their vision of Win 8 ruling from the desktop down to the phone. A complete vertical integration of all these services would be a gold mine for them.

Of course if Google/Motorola can do something very similar. If they procure or exclusively license this, then they have even more ammo to fight Apple.

RE: HP ... yeah right!
By phantom505 on 4/4/2012 2:33:31 PM , Rating: 2
If Google has the money and willingness they should jump on it since RIM has descent IP as I recall. Some of it could have expired, but it wouldn't hurt.

Then again, iPhones are so insecure the relevant IP may not matter.

Now if Apple was smart, they'd buy RIM and use the security knowledge to actually make the iPhone not a hazard.

RE: HP ... yeah right!
By Manch on 4/5/2012 2:02:34 AM , Rating: 2
If Apple bought it, they would rename it, claim they invented it, and sue the canadians.

Forgive my ignorance
By FastEddieLB on 4/2/2012 8:19:20 PM , Rating: 2
Why does RIM need the Canadian Government's approval to sell? I don't know much about Canadian law, but this concept confuses me.

RE: Forgive my ignorance
By Ryestag on 4/2/2012 8:32:06 PM , Rating: 2
The CRTC up here is filled with incompetent rule makers that's sole purpose is the 'save' Canadian telecommunication companies from the big bad Americans / Global-National companies.

You can thank them for the lack of competition up here in this market... Bell and Rogers just rape us on monthly bills for our TV / Internet / Wired & Wireless phone.

RE: Forgive my ignorance
By Ammohunt on 4/2/2012 10:06:11 PM , Rating: 2
Strange, i thought government regulation of corporations was the solution to all our economic woes.

Army picture caption
By DigitalFreak on 4/2/2012 8:19:17 PM , Rating: 2
"Is that a Brazilian?"

RE: Army picture caption
By MZperX on 4/4/2012 12:30:48 PM , Rating: 2
Hmm... I wonder why these "Army" folks wear Air Force uniforms.

By Lord 666 on 4/2/2012 2:46:10 PM , Rating: 2
Focus on core business solutions and American company already in bed with DoD.

Any of 'em
By Motoman on 4/2/2012 3:21:41 PM , Rating: 2
...any of the likely suspects I mentioned in a previous RIM article already have DOD contracts - like IBM, SAP and Oracle.

That's not a big deal...I can't imagine that anyone looking to buy RIM wouldn't already be in the US military.

Short sighted investors
By wordsworm on 4/2/12, Rating: 0
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