I doubt they will do it as both the service are correlated and they can't survive only with hardware or only with services.. For hardware there can be many bidders like amazon or Facebook but then what RIM will do only with services.. What will be the the business model? Will they start providing services to other is like ios or Android I doubt..
There are some reports now coming that this is not true. But leaving that aside, if they are going for a split, then it might be to separate the unit that is doing well & that is not doing that well & then maybe sell one or both off as the situation demands.
BBM can go Whatsapp way, provide chatting app with social network integration. Also their email solutions are also very strong and many mobiles producers would like to get their email solutions on their handsets.Hardware/OS can be sold if they cant really sustain any more.
And they are costly too Just BBM cost you 100+ bucks where as what's app charge half of that for year.. Gprs charges are extra but we use the same for other purpose also Many corporate now moving away from bb mail service as not everyone want security at such premium cost..
Research In Motion is up in After Hours trading as Bloomberg has reported IBM has approached RIM about acquiring its Network Operations Centers (NOCs), which secure and compress content delivered to BlackBerry devices. According to the report, IBM made an informal approach about possibly acquiring the division.
Some have called on RIM to turn its NOCs into a standalone business that services multiple platforms. But Jim Balsillie was reportedly kicked out for wanting to do this. Bloomberg adds no one has shown interest in RIM’s hardware ops. James Sciales, a spokesman for Armonk, New York-based IBM, said the company doesn’t comment on rumors or speculation, as did Nick Manning, a spokesman for RIM.