Canada-based Research In Motion is declining rapidly. Its ailing BlackBerry platform has been reduced to a single-digit market share, it has a $1 billion backlog of unsold tablets and smartphones, corporations are abandoning their phones in droves and the BlackBerry 10 operating system has been delayed until 2013.

In between staging stupid stunts and fighting Apple over Nano SIM, the embattled company found time to replace its co-CEOs with a new guy, Thorsten Heins, who is shedding jobs left and right as creditors and advisers plot possible scenarios, including selling off its server messaging platform and the BlackBerry hardware biz…

Fortune recently suggested that RIM can add value on the Android platform by delivering a business version of the OS.

This would include built-in hooks for, Oracle, SAP and other enterprise platforms. The typical Android phone is geared more for consumer applications and multimedia rather than hard-core business apps out-of-the box.

John Paczkowski of AllThingsD relays a note by Jefferies analyst Peter Misek who thinks Samsung is the most likely buyer.

Given recent management comments in the press, it now appears that RIM is realizing what Wall Street has been saying for some time: they are a subscale manufacturer and desperately need a partner. We believe RIM is attempting to revive discussions with Samsung regarding a BB10 licensing deal.

RIM’s CEO hinted as much recently:

We don’t have the economy of scale to compete against the guys who crank out 60 handsets a year. To deliver BB10, we may need to look at licensing it to someone who can do this at a way better cost proposition than [we] can do it.

Samsung told Reuters back in January that “We haven’t considered acquiring the firm and are not interested in (buying RIM)”.

If Samsung buys RIM, it will gain a much-needed credibility in enterprise, allowing it to better compete with Apple, whose iOS platform dominates in this space.

Though Android’s share in the United States is on a decline, in Europe the platform grabbed a cool 65 percent share in Q2 2012, thanks to popularity of Samsung’s smartphones and feature phones.

Samsung will want to produce the right answer to Apple’s enterprise strides and buying RIM may be the cheapest ticket into the corporate world.

Note that Samsung already has its sights set on the corporate world.

In June, the company cut a strategic partnership with AuthenTec, the maker of authentication sensors. It was meant to bolster enterprise security of Samsung’s future Android smartphones and tablets.

However, Apple came out of nowhere and purchased AuthenTec outright, leaving Samsung’s strategic deal hanging up in the air.

Rumors and patents indicate that the next iPhone will take advantage of NFC technology to improve security and identification (corporations will love it) and possibly pave the way for an iWallet shopping service (consumers will appreciate it).

This may sound harsh to a few die-hard fans of the BlackBerry and its clickety-clack keyboard, but the company is already written off in my book.

The troubles RIM is facing are too great to overcome as the previous CEOs lost previous time ridiculing Apple whereas they should have dropped all projects and immediately start work on a brand new software platform.

Steve Jobs said during the January 2007 iPhone unveiling that the mobile operating system Apple had developed for the iPhone cannot be easily replicated. The iPhone OS gave Apple a five-year head start in the smartphone business, he said.

Jobs was (mostly) right, if you disregard a terrible mistake he made by trusting then Google CEO Eric Schmidt who had a seat on Apple’s board at a time when Apple was already deep into the iPhone project.

RIM as we know it may no longer exist this time next year and the company’s best bet is to cut costs, boost sales and deliver BlackBerry 10 software in order to increase book value of its assets.


  • that’s just stupid for Samsung. Just cause.

  • Wow – RIM! apple doesnt care bout you!

  • Why buy RIM when they can copy them?

    • Haha….nyc 1…

    • Who sues another company for a product when you can just innovate a better one?

      • Jordan, the usage of innovation is becoming so colloquial that it makes that much business sense to buy them out…

    • PNP33

      Haha, great! 😀


    • Lach Murimi

      Hahahah…you’ve made my

    • Copy right and intellectual rights infringement duh!!!

  • AforAppleAforAndoid

    still won’t make a dent in Apple’s chest..

  • Fck everyone I love rim and I hate my ugly ass iphone

    • AforAppleAforAndoid

      hussh tard

    • you hate it so much that u always keep it in your pocket….nyc…:p

  • Ignacio Irigoyen

    And this is how Rim OS become identical to iOS.

  • I’m sorry for insulting anyone or saying something inappropriate but I’m gonna give it straight : RIM SUCKS BALLS !!!!!

  • It doesn’t make sense for Samsung to buy RIM. Hmm Samsung is not good at developing OS and look at what Samsung phones are running – Android. It makes more sense for Android to copy whatever security features required to entice corporate customers ditching RIM and use Samsung’s products. Google won’t buy RIM either cuz it’s already got Motorola Mobility proliferating Androids.

  • Personally, I think it would be a smart move for Samsung to buy them. They could help push out the BB10 OS, get better hardware for the phones, and would then have access to all the patents RIM has. Someone is going to buy them eventually, probably either Samsung or Microsoft. Either of them would take BB10 and make it more consumer friendly, while also making their move into the corporate world even more than they are now.

  • Yes they are very innovative. Their phones have features iPhone users wish they had. Apple has brought nothing to the table but immature litigation. Apple has lost my respect, and if the next iPhone doesn’t cut it, I’m going straight to Samsung. I prefer HTC, but I’m going specifically to Samsung just to piss them off. Maybe even buy in bulk, one for me and all of my friends.

    As for the article you supplied,

    Cool story bro, TL;DR.

    • ” I prefer HTC, but I’m going specifically to Samsung just to piss them off.”Friend.. Apple doesn’t give a sh** about you

      • Sweet, which obviously means they don’t give a shit about you or any other of their users. We tell Apple what we want, and we never get what we ask for.

        Your argument is invalid.

      • If we “never get what we ask for” (for example wi-fi, BT toggles) that’s because apple do what they want, not what you or anybody else wants. So yeah, they don’t give a shit if you’re buying an iPhone or any other phone, it’s your loss, not theirs.

      • Thanks for proving my point. Apple has failed to see what the consumer wants and continues to make products that have no innovative qualities whatsoever, losing respect, and of course, money. And yes, if I don’t buy their product, it’s their loss, not mine. 😉

        “Apple doesn’t give a shit about you my friend!”

      • Sure, you get it anyway

      • HTC is superb, i had several HTC phones prior to the iPhone and have big respect for the company. Contrary to samsung!

    • lol 🙂 at least samsung does not think that apple brought nothing to the table! according to that single document!

  • its too late to buy rim… 6 years ago maybe yeah today no

  • dont buy a sinking ship

  • B Phillips

    not gonna happen. Samsung didn’t get where it is today by taking stupid risks.