Potential RIM sale permitted by Canadian government

If there's one thing Research in Motion is not doing, it's actually moving. The company have been in difficulties for quite some time now, and things might not get better too soon thanks to the Canadian government. The Canadian-based company was previously the king of the mobile industry, but the age-old adage that nothing lasts forever holds true. The Canadian government have now said they wouldn't attempt to stop a buyout of the company once considered the leader of the mobile industry.

As Daily Tech reports, Canadian Federal Finace Minister, Jim Flaherty, said the government would not move to block a purchase from a foreign investor. This could be the final nail in the coffin RIM has prepared for itself. Flaherty's choice of words were as follows:

"They will be the masters of their own destiny. We would like RIM obviously to be successful as a Canadian company, which it has been — a very innovative and successful company."

RIM's current CEO, Thorsten Heins, currently has the unenviable task of running the company. Even top investors with RIM have expressed dissent with its continued solo initiative, wanting the company to slip under someone else's wing. When your own stockholders feel that to be your best route, you're going to have an uphill struggle to remain relevant as a company.

Heins insists that a sale is not the best option for the company, despite the naysayers who hold weight within it. One thing which might help strengthen Heins' argument is the phone manufacturer's unique relationship with the United States Department of Defense, as BlackBerry handsets include encryption they are extremely popular there.

If RIM was to be bought out, it would likely be by an American giant. Some suggestions are Dell and Hewlett-Packard, but it would not be too surprising if Google also dropped their name into the hat. After all, Google are fighting tooth and nail to gain every patent they can in their various disputes with Apple. One could also see Amazon or Microsoft also getting involved, but neither company would be a first guess. The future of RIM is uncertain, but the company does need to prepare for anything and everything to save itself. 

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One could also see Amazon or Microsoft also getting involved, but neither company would be a first guess.

Are you kidding me? RIM is huge in the corporate sector and BES competes with Microsoft's EAS. If RIM was considering being bought out, you can bet Microsoft would put in a bid.

Jose_49 said,
Haha . I would like to see BB with Windows Phone XD

I can see it working. A good mix of the two would create something amazing. Android would kill it.

Jose_49 said,
Haha . I would like to see BB with Windows Phone XD

Not gonna lie the sound of BBM on Windows Phones would seal the deal for me to buy one

Razorfolds said,

Are you kidding me? RIM is huge in the corporate sector and BES competes with Microsoft's EAS. If RIM was considering being bought out, you can bet Microsoft would put in a bid.

Exactly what I was thinking. I think that would be the best fit honestly...

And Blackberry technology in Windows Phone could add a lot for the corporate and government businesses... I think it would be a good step for both companies honestly.

I read somewhere that Microsoft AND nokia would buy the company.

Who knows though, its only a matter of time.

auziez said,
I read somewhere that Microsoft AND nokia would buy the company.

Who knows though, its only a matter of time.

That actually sounds pretty good. Nokia buying them out with a financial backing from Microsoft (as they don't make the phones only the software to go on them). Rework a deal between the two companies and they can have something really good on their hands.

well they have a ton of patents and bb 10 as their main assets.. Im guessing someone like google would want the patents but they would not want the OS , but motorola has a ton of patents already for google..

i could see someone random like IBM or cisco or something that may want to get into the mobile/server space ..

Even a company that is not happy at all with android could do it for blackberry 10.. who know, maybe HP wants to kill another company.. lol

Lachlan said,
well they have a ton of patents and bb 10 as their main assets.. Im guessing someone like google would want the patents but they would not want the OS , but motorola has a ton of patents already for google..

i could see someone random like IBM or cisco or something that may want to get into the mobile/server space ..

Even a company that is not happy at all with android could do it for blackberry 10.. who know, maybe HP wants to kill another company.. lol

Cisco has been refocusing as of late, so I would be very surprised if they had an interest. And as for HP, I certainly hope they don't even make a play for it. I would think they would have learned their lesson with Palm considering the quality of the company they were able to destroy. It's really unfortunate.

apple has a ton of money, rim's patents would be very valuable to them! Plus they could integrate their messaging system with rim's, apple would do very well out of this.

torrentthief said,
apple has a ton of money, rim's patents would be very valuable to them! Plus they could integrate their messaging system with rim's, apple would do very well out of this.

Would hate for apple to buy RIM anyone but Apple, plus apple has its "iMessage".

torrentthief said,
apple has a ton of money, rim's patents would be very valuable to them! Plus they could integrate their messaging system with rim's, apple would do very well out of this.

I would be a bit surprised if Apple went after the whole company. Maybe a patent deal like they made with Microsoft, etc. for Nortel? But the entire company I would be shocked. Apple likes to pick up companies that they can pretend never existed once they integrate their technology into an Apple product. Blackberry is too well known for that. LOL

Frank2029 said,
If anything RIM will partner up with someone NOT sell their patents or the rest of the company.

It would certainly make more sense, right? A sale is kind of an option of last resort... lol

Apple could buy them out of spare change.

RIM has patents that would benefit Apple and a move into enterprise is possibly Apple's next major market.

Microsoft would likely not get involved, unless another huge competitor was too. Microsoft has Nokia and would not need RIM.

If Microsoft bought RIM, they likely woudl dump most of RIM softwares like BES and BBM because they already have similar products.

Google would be barred from buying, because the feds would consider anti-competive practices such a deal would cause.

Dell or HP would be a good choice or maybe even someone like Asus or Lenovo. LG could even benefit from buying RIM if they had enough money. Why not even Samsung?!

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