Last week, we were talking a little about rumors that HTC might be interested in putting the company up for sale. Of course, we made the inevitable comparisons to other companies that have long been rumored to be looking to offload their phone businesses themselves, with BlackBerry near the top of that list. Later in the week, rumors once again returned to the possibility of BlackBerry seeking out a buyer. Today, however, we get some official news that sure adds a lot of weight to all that rumor and speculation, with word that the BlackBerry board has decided to “explore strategic alternatives,” which could include an outright sale.
The stated goal here is “to enhance value and increase scale in order to accelerate BlackBerry 10 deployment,” and it doesn’t sound like anything’s off the table, so long as it helps achieve that goal. That could just mean a new partnership, though a full-on sale is very much in the cards.
BlackBerry’s board has set up a Special Committee to investigate its options along this line. We’re still pretty far off from any commitment to finding new ownership, or anything so definite, but for the first time, all those sale rumors finally have some meat to them.