Facebook Shouldn't Acquire BlackBerry

Facebook Shouldn't Acquire BlackBerry

The Wall Street Journal is reporting that BlackBerry is pitching itself to Facebook . Bad idea, Fool contributor Tim Beyers says in the following video.

Why? Price. While Facebook could benefit from integrating BlackBerry's popular (and increasingly pervasive) Messenger technology, the Canadian handset maker is probably unwilling to part with a sliver of its business when there's an offer for the entire company already on the table.

There's also no telling how much of an advantage Facebook would gain in acquiring BBM. All of the major smartphone platforms now have at least some messaging capability, while platform-neutral WhatsApp serves some 350 million monthly active users, no doubt many of them already active on Facebook, Tim says.

Should investors sell if a deal gets done? What are the chances one will? Tim addresses these questions and more in the video. Please watch now, and then leave a comment to let us know what you think.

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