BlackBerry reportedly met with Facebook to talk possible acquisition

Alex Wagner
Editorial Director of News and Content from Omaha, NE
Published: October 29, 2013

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Time to add another name to the list of potential BlackBerry buyers. A new report from the Wall Street Journal claims that BlackBerry executives met with Facebook as recently as last week to see if the social networking company would be interested in making a bid for it. No other details of the meetings have been given, and right now it's unclear if Facebook is actually interested in making an offer for BlackBerry.

BlackBerry agreed to be purchased by Fairfax Financial Holdings Limited last month for a total of $4.7 billion. However, the company is still able to look into striking deals with other companies for now, and that's exactly what it's been doing. Reports claim that BlackBerry has spoken with Google, Intel, LG, Samsung and others about a potential bid, and BlackBerry co-founders Mike Lazaridis and Doug Fregin have expressed interest in buying the smartphone maker as well. Now we can add Facebook to the list as well.

Considering Facebook's heavy focus on messaging and interest in smartphone hardware along with BlackBerry's BBM service and its experience in the mobile hardware game, a tie-up between these two companies could make some sense. So far we've yet to see any solid evidence that suggests that Facebook or another company is actually planning to make an offer for BlackBerry before next Monday's deadline, but it's interesting to see which names are popping up as potential suitors. Do you think that any firms will end up attempting to snatch BlackBerry away from Fairfax Financial?

Via Wall Street Journal