RIM reportedly hanging up on BlackBerry phone hardware

Originally posted on Gigaom:

Among several options that Research In Motion(s rimm) is currently reviewing for its continued transition is the sale of its BlackBerry handset division. The company last month said it was working with J.P. Morgan Securities LLC and RBC Capital Markets to determine next steps as RIM expects an operating loss for its first fiscal quarter of 2013.

The Sunday Times (registration required) first reported the news with Reuters noting that RIM may split its hardware business from its messaging service, which is still widely used by enterprises and consumers around the world. The Times suggests that Amazon(s amzn) and Facebook(s fb) would be most likely interested; Apple (s aapl), Google(s goog), and Microsoft (s msft) all have their own software platform for smartphones and tablets.

The situation for RIM is both dire and sad to see, but not unexpected. Indeed in my year-end predictions post for 2012 last December, one of my…

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