Seeing as it's clear that RIM is looking for an sell-off rather than digging its head further into the sand, the company at least is acknowledging the fact it is up the creek without a paddle.
It could be sold off for between $10--$15 billion price range, but it is not clear what exactly will be bought, or if anything will even be up for sale. Seeing as shareholders agree that the current share price should be a lot higher, it is understood that the co-chief executives are still asking for too much.
It's entirely likely, but call me a sceptic: I don't think it could or would ever happen.
It would not be a far off thought for Samsung to acquire the patents or the infrastructure. Samsung may be looking for other sources of revenue in light of not only the Google-Motorola merger, but also the Apple patent ding dong.
The patents and intellectual property alone would bolster Samsung's portfolio, allowing it to really take on Apple in the messaging department. Since Apple's iMessage release as part of the iOS 5 giveaway, Samsung could take the patent battle to the next level by legitimately acquiring valuable property that Apple would kill for.
But would Samsung want the overheads of running and maintaining the global backend secure messaging infrastructure that arguably RIM (and secure communication users) hold close to their chests?
I doubt it. I do see BlackBerry Messenger being a key component to the consumer end-user market. But if Samsung really wants to splurge, it could always project a long-term strategy for the infrastructure element. But Samsung already has the smartphone hardware market in the bag, and is already in Google's good books by pushing Android to tens of millions of Americans.