Hmm, Facebook rumored to buy RIM!!!

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  1. candigrl73 macrumors newbie

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  2. maflynn Moderator

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    Your link is dead.

    A quick google seems to have a few hits on this, but none from any real credible sites.
     
  3. Netherscourge macrumors 6502

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    They better do it fast - Apple was rumored to be looking into too - if for nothing other than to keep Facebook out of the Mobile Phone market.

    (Facebook was supposedly looking into creating/licensing it's own "Facebook Phone", which would be independent of any other Smartphone out there, like Android, iOS, WIndows Phones, etc...)

    They already bought Instagram, so they definitely have money to throw around.
     
  4. sviato macrumors 68020

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    The deal is not complete yet and the FTC is investigating the purchase too.

    FB doesn't have enough money to buy RIM without depleting most of its cash and/or a lot of stock.
     
  5. rdowns macrumors Penryn

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    People need to learn to read before they go posting threads with no basis in fact.
     
  6. LIVEFRMNYC macrumors 603

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    Interesting indeed. At this point, anything would help the doomed RIM brand.



    People need to learn this Macrumors.
     
  7. GoCubsGo macrumors Nehalem

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    Still, the site has rules about posting baseless rumors.
     
  8. likethesoup2 macrumors 6502a

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    Yes, but we'd like those rumors to have some validity . . .
     
  9. LIVEFRMNYC macrumors 603

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    I'd like to know what so baseless about this thread. The OP provided a link and we all know about Facebook rumors of trying to get into the phone hardware business. IMO, it would actually make sense. Why start from scratch when you can buy out an already existing company that doesn't seem to get with the times.
     
  10. rdowns macrumors Penryn

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    What isn't baseless?

    An Analyst pulls something ot of his ass and it's a rumor? Come on.
     
  11. chiefpavvy macrumors 6502a

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    RIM will be sold at the end of the day for patents, nothing more. To the highest bidder.
     
  12. BamaATL macrumors member

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    A large portion of the posts on this site "have no basis in fact".

    I'm not bashing this site. I like it. But it is what it is. It's not call MacRumors for nothing.
     
  13. Mad Mac Maniac macrumors 601

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    All you people complaining about this thread need to chill out. Yes it's just wild speculation but that's what makes everything so fun.. Talking about the possibilities.

    How many macrumors articles start "according to X analyst..." this is the same thing.

    That being said, I think the idea is pretty ridiculous and would be a complete failure if it were to happen
     
  14. b166er macrumors 68020

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    I doubt they will do it. RIM is more or less dead in the water. I'm sure there is some useful designs and patents floating around, but the real reason to buy RIM is to eliminate it, and facebook as of yet has no reason to be concerned about how many smartphone ecosystems there are.

    That whole thing with instagram... to me it still makes no sense. Instagram could not have been worth that much money. And I don't see a way to get back what they put in to it. I know they released their own camera app that is basically a instagram clone but how is that generating any more revenue for them?

    Facebook is probably going to go the way of MySpace sooner than later.

    I'd imagine Apple or another big cell phone hardware company would snag RIM way before facebook.
     
  15. 0m3ga macrumors 6502

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    RIM will not be sold to another non-Canadian company and continue to function as a mobile industry company. The Investment Canada Act literally makes it nearly impossble for a foreign company to purchase a Canadian company like this.

    RIM may be auctioned off for its patents, however (a la NORTEL), but will be killed as a company. I'm not sure the Canadian gov't would allow this to happen though. They would more likely bail out RIMM, essentially dumping money into a penny stock company that continues to fail. I don't think the Canadian gov't has much choice though.
     
  16. einmusiker macrumors 68030

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    Facebook is looking to calm a lot of po'd early investors after the ipo fiasco. They need a hard product and it will be a phone. It will also be a huge disaster and may be the beginning of the end for fb
     
  17. SteveAbootman macrumors 6502a

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    What will the rumored Facebook phone do better than the smartphones that are currently out there?

    Aside from FB fans (is there such a thing?), who is going to buy a phone that's main selling feature is supposed tighter integration with the site?

    Even if they got RIM, and integrated FB chat with BBM, it's still only marginally better than using an app for iOS or Android.

    Strange rumors indeed...
     
  18. einmusiker macrumors 68030

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    Exactly. All a fb phone would do would be eliminate one click... Maybe. Smartphones are ALReady facebook phones. A facebook phone would be a huge flop.
     
  19. b166er macrumors 68020

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    remember these guys? There big gimmick was that the phone was built to be used in conjunction with MySpace. At the time I'm sure that seemed like a great idea.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Helio_(wireless_carrier)

    I think the problem is you can't depend on these things sticking around for too long. Facebook has had a very long run by internet standards, which would lead me to believe it is more than half way through its lifespan by now. I'm just making assumptions, but I think you guys get my point.

    iOS, Android, Windows, they all adapt to whatever is hip at the moment because you can install and delete apps in seconds. But having a phone that ties in to facebook raises a lot of questions. I would have my doubts as to what kind of 3rd party apps would/wouldn't be allowed. Not only that but since they are just now considering entering the mobile phone market, they are insanely behind the bar. By the time they got an actual product to market facebook might be the new livejournal.

    Anyway, it is kind of sad to see RIM go. I used to love my blackberry back in the day. I used to have a very boring post at my job and that blackberry made life pretty sweet. Not to mention it had some features iOS STILL DOESN'T HAVE. I switched to iOS about 4 years ago (hard to believe) and I still miss that blackberry sometimes.

    RIP RIM, you were a true pioneer.
     

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