BlackBerry maker RIM considering splitting company in two

Research In Motion (RIM), the company behind the BlackBerry, is considering splitting into two separate businesses, according to a report in a UK newspaper.

Research In Motion (RIM), the company behind the BlackBerry, is considering splitting into two separate businesses, according to a report in a UK newspaper.

 
The Sunday Times wrote that RIM is contemplating dividing its mobile phone manufacturing unit from its messaging network, but it did not reveal its sources for this claim.
 
The report even suggests that RIM may sell the mobile unit, with potential buyers including Amazon and Facebook, effectively following suit with Motorola, which split into Motorola Solutions and Motorola Mobility, the latter of which it sold to Google for $12.5 billion.
 
 BlackBerry maker RIM considering splitting company in two
 
The messaging network may not be immune from a selloff either, with Apple and Google as potential buyers or licensees of the technology, despite years of rivalry that has seen RIM go from a leader in the smartphone arena to a company struggling to keep up.
 
RIM could split into separate companies and not sell to anyone, but this seems like an unlikely event, as the two units would still struggle independently as if they were still operating under one banner.
 
Another alternative solution is for the company to remain as one, but for a big technology company like Microsoft to come in and buy a large stake, which would give it some much-needed funds. Microsoft may be willing to part with some cash if it can secure RIM's support for Windows Phone 8, but the move may be even riskier than the partnership with Nokia, which has so far failed to pay off.
 
Source: Reuters