“Without saying where the information comes from, a report by the Sunday Times of London says that Research In Motion Ltd. wants to separate the hardware side of the business from the services side, or else sell a stake in the company,” Iain Marlow reports for The Globe and Mail.
“The report mentions Facebook and Amazon as potential buyers, but on Sunday several people close to RIM dismissed the news as ‘a silly fantasy,’ and ‘one of the most ridiculous ideas I have heard in a while,'” Marlow reports. “The idea of splitting RIM in two – separating the hardware business that makes BlackBerrys and PlayBooks from the so-called ‘services’ division that is responsible for the global network that relays the devices’ messages – was an idea first advanced by former RBC Dominion Securities analyst Mike Abramsky.”
Marlow reports, “But two former RIM executives said on Sunday that top managers do not currently take the idea seriously, and one said that ‘splitting the two would accomplish nothing.'”
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MacDailyNews Take: At this point, whole or split, beleaguered RIM itself is a “silly fantasy.”
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