I have been trying to avoid that recent rumor started by the Sunday Times of London that we mentioned earlier today. It went against many of the firm statements that Thorsten Heins made when taking the reins at RIM including them dedicated to keep services and hardware together. Now the Globe and Mail’s long time RIM correspondent Ian Marlow mentioned that he heard from several sources close to RIM who:
dismissed the news as “a silly fantasy,” and “one of the most ridiculous ideas I have heard in a while.”
That more or less sums up what we have been hearing for awhile along with Ian hearing on Sunday from two former RIM executive that:
…top managers do not currently take the idea seriously, and one said that “splitting the two would accomplish nothing.” According to one of these people, RIM’s current CEO Thorsten Heins remains committed to the idea of RIM as an integrated company and RIM co-founder and vice-chairman Mike Lazaridis doesn’t believe the idea of breaking apart the company would work either.
My take is that there may be some truth in this rumor in the fact that RIM may consider some partnership for hardware manufacturing or for licensing certain devices though this is nothing new. Heins has mentioned the possibility of RIM moving in that direction before though he has clearly said that one of RIM’s main strengths is the combination of the RIM software designed for the RIM hardware.