Facebook more likely to buy RIM’s handset business than Microsoft or Amazon

Facebook more likely to buy RIM’s handset business than Microsoft or Amazon

With BlackBerry maker Research in Motion (RIM) announcing poor financial results, the delay of its new operating system and a period where users had no service, many experts believe the end is near for the firm's smartphone operations.

Two companies suggested to be in the running to buy the handset business are Amazon and Microsoft, however, David Akka, UK managing director for MagicSoftware.com, said that Facebook is the most likely purchaser.

He noted that Amazon appears unlikely to buy the BlackBerry operation as it does not fit in with the firm's business strategy.

"I think Facebook is struggling today with mobile revenue. I think it's very much the case that Facebook did not manage to create a substantial footprint in mobile devices."

Mr Akka added that this reason is why Facebook will be looking to buy RIM and base its next phone on the operating system used on BlackBerry devices.

"I think it will make a lot of sense both commercially – from a technological point of view – and for the end users," he added.