Bloomberg is reporting tonight that IBM is in communication with RIM concerning the possible purchase of their Enterprise Division. Two sources close to the situation state that IBM is looking to purchase all of RIM’s Enterprise Division, including the BlackBerry Enterprise Server network and its architecture and possibly the BlackBerry Mobile Fusion Network. RIM has repeatedly stated that a sale is the least favorable option and that they are actively investigating the possible licensure of BlackBerry 10 software.
While RIM has stated they aren’t looking for an outright sale, the sell-off of the Enterprise Division would basically be just that. The Enterprise Division is what makes up the majority of modern-day Research In Motion. A sale of that division would most likely be the final death knell for RIM and the BlackBerry brand. We must keep in mind; however, that this story is only a rumor and could turn out to be completely false in the end.
Source : Bloomberg