Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 17th Apr 2012 13:37 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless "RIM, the troubled maker of the BlackBerry smartphone, is in talks to hire a financial adviser to help it weigh strategic options, according to four people with knowledge of the matter. A decision to work with at least one bank could come in the next few days, said one of the people, who asked to remain anonymous because the deliberations are private. RIM would prefer an agreement to license its mobile-phone software, and its next choice is a strategic investment, one person said. RIM doesn't plan to sell itself, the person said." So, anyone interested in licensing BlackBerry OS? Anyone...? What if they throw in a free beer...?
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I wouldn't put it past Sony
by butters on Tue 17th Apr 2012 15:22 UTC
butters
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2005-07-08

Considering who, if anybody, would want to license BBOS, it would have to be a consumer electronics company with a penchant for going in its own proprietary direction, a company which feels the need for a game-change and might be tempted into a knee-jerk reaction. Does this sound like anybody we know...?

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RichterKuato Member since:
2010-05-14

If they have a penchant for going in their own proprietary direction then it would be stupid to license a competitors (or any 3rd party) platform. The whole point of having your own proprietary platform is exclusivity. Then there are the obvious concerns about RIM's phones being superior to all other BBOS devices.

If anything such a company would out right buy the company or just all the IP rights for the platform.

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