I really want to see RIM pull it out. As a Canadian, as a Waterloo alumni, and as a geek who wants to see a strong, high-quality smartphone alternative to Apple and Google.
Mike and Jim need to talk to Jerry and David – or better yet, to Carol Bartz – and ask them if they regret not selling to Microsoft when they had the chance.
Yes, Microsoft has a history of botching acquisitions in this area (Danger? DANGER!). Yes, Microsoft also has a tendency of staffing leadership roles in emerging technology with fully-vested enterprise-software dinosaurs. But if the deal happened – if Steve, Mike, and Jim could get their shit together – then Jim and Mike could actually remain two of the guys who get to define what the mobile first world is all about.
If not, #anothernortel.