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  • No, Blackberry is better-off staying as a competitor

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  1. toujours_frais's Avatar
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    Default Will you be for or against a merging with Apple Inc.?

    It's Time For Apple To Buy BlackBerry - Seeking Alpha

    Whenever discussion turns to what Apple (AAPL) should do with its ever-growing cash pile, acquisitions tend to be mentioned, but largely dismissed in terms of impact. The argument seems to go as follows:
    Small acquisitions such as Siri or the Polar Rose (facial recognition) can be useful, and do happen regularly, but neither make a material dent in Apple's cash reserves nor represent game-changing moves. They simply represent ways for Apple to fast-track useful technologies. Apple has been picking those up at the rate of one every quarter or so. Even something as notable as high-end German TV maker Loewe AG (LOEEF.OB) (market cap, $55 million, rumored last month) essentially falls into this category.
    Substantial to very substantial acquisitions, such as Netflix (NFLX) (10billion) or even Comcast (CMCSA) (109 billion) would turn the company in a whole new direction, an unlikely move for a company that has benefited from focus.
    BlackBerry (BBRY), however, now seems to me to be a strong, logical candidate.

    It is far from massive. Current market cap is $6.9 billion, and there is close to $2 billion in cash, so it could probably be acquired for $7-8 billion net.
    Apple under Steve Jobs famously shunned the corporate market, where BlackBerry still retains substantial market share because of its reliability and robust security.
    Many corporate users carry a BlackBerry for business, but an iPhone or Android phone for private use, for fun, and for access to the wide range of apps that the BlackBerry store is never going to match. Most would rather carry only one phone, and a unit that combined BlackBerry security, email access, and messaging (not to mention the little red light) with Apple's design, and iPhone Apps would have a huge attraction.
    BlackBerry's tight integration of hardware, software, and back-end has close similarities with Apple, as does the quality over rush-to-market approach.

    Would Apple shareholders be sellers?
    Beleaguered Apple shareholders have recently received some relief from the better-than-feared response to the BlackBerry 10 range, but with analysts looking at losses in each of the next two years upside must now be limited. Had Windows 8 phones been a total flop BlackBerry would have had more room to maneuver, but that escape route is closed, at least for the time being.
    The chart below tells the story. Two years ago there were four viable operating systems in the market: Android, iOS, Symbian (included in "Others" in the chart) and BlackBerry each had more than 10%. Now Android and iOS have over 90% of the market between them. Microsoft (MSFT) is putting its non-inconsiderable resources behind Windows 8, leaving very little space for BlackBerry.
    A move on BlackBerry would signal that Apple really is embracing the corporate market, and combined with a deal with China Mobile (CHL), very likely for reasons I discussed here, could be a major catalyst in turning around the share price.
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    is this a joke lol
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    this might become the most lopsided poll ever on CB
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    I think Apple can only buy itself.

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    Gasp! Really? No way. Want nothing to do with that.
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    Not a chance. They would take the security aspects of things to benefit them, but toss all the other good stuff that benefits us.
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    Merger? LOL, that only happens between company of similar size or similar brand recognition. In this scenario, the difference in every metric is so large that it is really funny to name it a merger. A buyout or acquisition is what it really is.
    As a shareholder, it all depends on the buyout price. Anything below $20 per share will have no chance to be voted pass the board. I think $21 ~ $24 will be a good exit price for me.
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    I would lose faith in humanity

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    Oh stop, you silly-billy you.

    Just stop.

    Really.
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    Lol...no thank you.

    What was it that Mel Gibson said?

    FREEDOM

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    Totally against. I'd lose the ability to do as I please with my phone even more (like in the jump from os7 to bb10)
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    needed a good laugh today
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    I don't know about BlackBerry taking over Apple. That's a lot of people to absorb and retrain into a lean and research focused enterprise.

    Still think of what BlackBerry could do with all of that Apple cash.
    Last edited by Enyigma; 03-07-13 at 08:54 PM.
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    Why would Apple buy RIMM? Apple has the consumer market, not to mention they are eating into RiMM's enterprise market....Microsoft yeah, Apple, No need to.


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    This would be bad for the consumer and Blackberry.
    i hope to whatever higher force there is that it never ever happens
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    I think because of the unique security aspects of BB, the federal government would block it anyways, like they blocked MDA.
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    Ahh defo laugh of the day.
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    There is a saying - "one bad apple spoils the whole d@mn bunch" that would be the case if Apple took over BlackBerry.

    This article is so stupid. M$ has very deep pockets we know that, and it's basically what's keeping the Windows Phone line-up going. I have yet to see anyone with a WP. Nor do I hear anyone even asking about it. Mind you here in Red Deer all I see are iPhones and GS3. While there are a few BB7 devices. I have yet to see a Z10.

    Quite a few people do stop and try out the display models but I don't know how far it goes beyond that.
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    BB is starting to eat into Apples consumer market so I can see why'd they want to.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MartyMcfly View Post
    Why would Apple buy RIMM? Apple has the consumer market, not to mention they are eating into RiMM's enterprise market....Microsoft yeah, Apple, No need to.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Shanerredflag View Post
    Lol...no thank you.

    What was it that Mel Gibson said?

    FREEDOM

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    Thought it was . . . . . pass me a drink. LoL
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    You continue to amaze amuse me. Thanks.
    Ok, *shrugs*


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    i like to see Google and BB team up and make Apple there *****
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ryoohk View Post
    i like to see Google and BB team up and make Apple there *****
    I'd go to Apple before I went to Google.
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    Why do people keep posting articles from seeking alpha.

    The articles are mostly trash.

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