Reports claim that IBM made an informal approach about acquiring RIM enterprise- services unit that operates a network of servers used to support services in RIM’s BlackBerry devices. The business unit, according to Berenberg Bank, is one of RIM’s most valuable asset and may be valued at $1.5 billion to $2.5 billion.
RIM transformed the mobile market with the launch of its BlackBerry devices, more than a decade ago. The company has now lost its market share to Apple Inc’s iPhone and devices based on Google’s Android operating system.
There have also been reports stating Samsung’s interest in RIM. However, Samsung Electronics Co, confirmed in a Thursday report that it’s not planning to acquire RIM or license the BlackBerry phone maker’s new mobile operating system.
No business has openly expressed interest in buying all of RIM or the division that makes its phones, and the company is inclined to wait for the rollout of BlackBerry 10 phones in early 2013 before opening up for a sale, Bloomberg states.