Did Nokia put pressure on Microsoft? BlackBerry to be sold in parts?

A few weeks ago Microsoft announced that they had acquired the Nokia hardware division and some other parts of the Nokia business. It sounded like it was Microsoft who was something akin of a visionary move etc. The rumor mill had mentioned that Microsoft was looking at building their own cellphone devices and the Nokia acquisition was to enable them to become like Apple and Samsung in owning the entire cellphone creation cycle. Then news broke that Nokia in actual fact was working on potentially building an Android device. The implications are potentially massive as Nokia has been the biggest partner...
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Is BlackBerry for sale?

The printing presses have been spinning and people have been hearing that BlackBerry is looking for strategic alternatives. It seems that a committee has been formed to look at the future of the business. BlackBerry Limited, a world leader in the mobile communications market, today announced that the Company’s Board of Directors has formed a Special Committee to explore strategic alternatives to enhance value and increase scale in order to accelerate BlackBerry 10 deployment. These alternatives could include, among others, possible joint ventures, strategic partnerships or alliances, a sale of...
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Big changes at Research in Motion

Winds of change are starting to blow over Research in Motion (RIM) in Canada. On Sunday co-CEO’s Jim Balsillie and Mike Laziridis handed over their duties to Thorsten Heins.  Heins has been Chief Operating Officer of RIM (BlackBerry) for the past 4 years. The fact that the RIM board felt the CEO position should be held by an insider without looking for a fresh pair of eyes from a neutral person is interesting.  They are obviously trying to make a change without rocking the boat completely. It also looks like a figure head change as Balsillie and Laziridis are no longer associated with the...
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BlackBerry Unveil The Torch 9810 & 9860

BlackBerry unveiled their latest challengers to the iPhone yesterday in Toronto. The current range of BlackBerry products has not got the world on fire in terms of sales. RIM is facing the biggest challenge since their arrival as a cellphone manufacturer. The sales numbers in North America and Europe have not been inspiring. The importance of these new products  have big implications for RIMs future. In South Africa though, they are arguably the most popular cellphone manufacturers.  The BlackBerry Torch (disclaimer: I own one) has been a hit and has given me hope for BlackBerry. The 2 new phones are...
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PriceCheck Unveils BlackBerry Web Icon Application

You can now download the PriceCheck Mobile Application, which is a Web Icon type of application, onto to your BlackBerry Smartphone to reside alongside all your other applications, for your convenience! This will open up the PriceCheck Mobile Website directly in your BlackBerry’s Web browser! The PriceCheck Mobile Application can be installed on all BlackBerry Smartphones using OS versions 4.5 and higher. You can download and install the application using your desktop PC with your BlackBerry Smartphone connected to your PC via USB, Bluetooth etc. and the BlackBerry Desktop Manager software program....
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