@WB: speaking for myself, I don't think this step will happen in a few months from now; I would like to take in consideration that companies are in a different ramp/trend (quite positive for RIM, as of today, quite negative for Lenovo, as of today), then an acquisition step can appear so really doable (at least for me as I stated in the beginning).
>>Its encryption technology is why enterprises and governments loved the product<<
Despite the unique feature still falling behind less secured ones. It's a clear sign that you cannot rely on particular market segments anymore and expect continuous market success. Mobile devices upset to PC markerts is causing a jittery moments to nearly all the PC markers. My question - is RIM even willing to let go its encryption system? Well, would Lenovo able to strike deal IBM unable to acquire?
Lenovo will have to jump through some regulatory hurdles if it wants to buy BlackBerry. Its encryption technology is why enterprises and governments loved the product and acquisition by Lenovo may be a problem for Western governments.
This depends on what Lenovo wants to do with Blackberry. After the acquisition, Lenovo may just keep the brand name and create a new product. If Lenovo wants to keep the product as is and the prices are too high, it may simply decide to optimise the cost of the bill of materials for the future batches. Therefore, before Lenovo's intentions about Blackberry become clear, it's hard to tell how Blackberry business will be handled.
Lenovo's CFO Wong Wai Ming has mentioned that in order to have a strong presence in mobile phone market, Lenovo might consider buying Blackberry.
Given that the PC market is declining while the mobile market including tablets and smart phones in on the rise explains Lenovo's strategic thinking behind a possible acquisition. While Lenovo made no firm statement on this acquisition but only mentioned that they were merely discussing possible options with RIM at the moment.
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