RIM may license BlackBerry 10 to save itself

Well yes, RIM is on a slow poison and dying with each and every passing day. With stock prices crashing down to 70% of face value, no good devices to keep people held, same OS for so long and now rumours that Co-CEOs Mike Lazaridis and Jim Balsillie may step down from the board. Nothing’s going right for RIM. Also BlackBerry 10 devices arriving (if any) only during late 2012, RIM is finding it difficult to hold on.

And it seems that RIM may have finally found a solution to keep itself alive and that is to license BlackBerry 10 OS to other OEMs so that it has at least some source of income. All this comes into light as Jefferies & Co.’s Peter Misek wrote to his investors stating as below.

“We think some of this has already been started with RIM likely agreeing to license Blackberry 10 to Samsung, HTC, and possibly others. This would help create a critical mass for the ecosystem and maintain RIM’s monthly service revenue; however, it puts more pressure on the hardware business in the short term. Longer term, it possibly gets people hooked on the RIM ecosystem and may in fact allow them to sell more BB 10 handsets (if they are able to create compelling handsets).”

So if this ever happens, would you like to see a RIM OS over a Samsung, Nokia, HTC or any other OEM? Or will you stick to BlackBerry devices? Leave us a comment below.