Online retail giant Amazon reportedly recruited an investment bank to analyse a potential merger with the Canada based tech giant BlackBerry maker Research In Motion (RIM) over the summer, however the proposal was straightway declined by the BlackBerry and PlayBook maker, according to a report by Reuters, although their sources don’t mention how far both parties were from finalizing a deal.
The two reportedly thought that the only way to turn around the company was through the launch of new phones, better use of assets such as BlackBerry Messaging and restructuring, sources said.
In fact, a separate report out by The Wall Street Journal is also reporting that informal discussions have been initiated by Microsoft and Nokia jointly in a bid for RIM. However, some suggested that the notion was tossed out without too much weight and that those discussions may not amount to much.
Both RIM and Amazon declined to comment on the report. Expect to see more acquisition reports involving RIM in the coming months as their share prices continue to plunge. Further ties could be formed in the future, while speculation suggests RIM is considering opening up BlackBerry 10 – the next version of its OS – to third parties in a bid to offer OEMs an alternative to Android and Windows Phone.
Reuters notes that talks about a partnership are still occurring between RIM and Amazon.