This year has been a troubled one for Blackberry maker RIM as it continues to see its market share dwindle. There are now reports that Microsoft and Nokia circling around RIM with rumors of Amazon interested too.
Sources have spoken to The Wall Street Journal, and are claiming that top executives at Microsoft and Nokia had recently met and talked about the possibility of making a joint bid to buy the Canadian smartphone maker. It is not known if these alleged talks are still ongoing and if RIM has been approached by either company.
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2011 will go down as a bad year for RIM with the apparent failure of the company’s foray into the tablet PC market, and the fact the company suffered a service outage a couple of months ago. WSJ are also suggesting that RIM has approached the likes of HTC and Samsung to license out its new BlackBerry 10 operating system.
There have been rumors in the past that Microsoft could be thinking of taking over Nokia themselves, let alone a joint bid for RIM. Meanwhile Reuters are reporting that RIM has recently turned down takeover moves from online retailer Amazon.
Sources who claim to have knowledge of the situation are saying that Amazon acquired the services of an investment bank last summer to look at a potential merger with RIM. It is not known if informal talks between the two companies led to a price, but RIM are looking to turn things around under their own steam.
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