Lenovo Expresses Interest in Buying BlackBerry from RIM
Earlier this week, MMi reported that Research in Motion may be planning a bold move after the new BlackBerry 10 product line is unveiled later this month. With an exciting product launch confirmed and company shares rising on Wall Street (two problems Apple certainly doesn't have today) speculation is rampant that Research in Motion may use the current momentum for BlackBerry to help better position the brand for possible acquisition.
In the wake of an admission by Thorsten Heins, chief executive of Research In Motion, that RIM "may consider strategic alliances, such as licensing its software or even selling off its hardware production," new comments from an executive at Lenovo are been seen as mighty provocative.
“We are looking at all opportunities — RIM and many others,” Lenovo Chief Financial Officer Wong Wai Ming said Thursday according to Bloomberg. “We’ll have no hesitation if the right opportunity comes along that could benefit us and shareholders.”
Ming, however, did not reveal whether a formal takeover or merger offer is presently on the table. Chances are, no ground-shaking moves will be made - or at least publicly announced - until after the new BlackBerry line is unveiled next Wednesday.