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Light Reading Poll: Can RIM Survive?

Dan Jones
LR Mobile News Analysis
Dan Jones, Mobile Editor
6/29/2012

Just how bad could the BlackBerry 10 delay be for BlackBerry ? (See RIM Delays BlackBerry 10 Phones 'Til 2013.)

Add the news of 5,000 job cuts announced Thursday, a $518 million first-quarter loss and an inevitable second-quarter loss, and the future looks ...

Well, you tell us. Vote below on the future of the Canadian smartphone maker, and use the message boards to elaborate on your choice.

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— Dan Jones, Site Editor, Light Reading Mobile

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chumpchange charlie
chumpchange charlie
12/5/2012 | 5:28:50 PM
re: Light Reading Poll: Can RIM Survive?
Postponing because agreement with another party is underway - BB10 no longer required ?????
Pete Baldwin
Pete Baldwin
12/5/2012 | 5:28:50 PM
re: Light Reading Poll: Can RIM Survive?


Here's an option: RIM could start using Windows 8.  Reuters is reporting that Steve Ballmer approached the company about it, right after Balsillie left


http://in.reuters.com/article/2012/06/29/idINL2E8HT07G20120629


Included in that story is an option we didn't think of for the poll: RIM ditches handsets *and* software, and becomes just a network owner.

Pete Baldwin
Pete Baldwin
12/5/2012 | 5:28:50 PM
re: Light Reading Poll: Can RIM Survive?


The idea of RIM becoming a software licensing outfit could be interesting.  Here's what analyst Mike Genovese of MKM Partners wrote this morning:


"We see RIMM becoming more of a software/OS licensor and less of a hardware manufacturer over the next two years. While the bull case for RIMM is fixated on an M&A exit, we see licensing partnerships with hardware OEMs as the more likely course ahead."


I'll be curious to see if our poll results lean that way.

joset01
joset01
12/5/2012 | 5:28:48 PM
re: Light Reading Poll: Can RIM Survive?


As far as I understand it though, the software is considered the money maker...

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