A Facebook (NASDAQ:FB) smartphone? Oh yes, it could happen. Facebook has gobbled up a few Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) engineers, and there even have been calls in some quarters for the company to buy Research in Motion (NASDAQ:RIMM).
But as much as Facebook needs to do something about its shortcomings in the mobile space, it isn’t in the hardware business.
Even if Facebook is working on its own phone, buying RIM just doesn’t make sense. Why would the social media giant — whose mobility problem helped to contribute to the most turbulent IPO in recent memory — want to buy a company that has gone from pioneer to dead stock walking?
Plus, RIM is on the outs with consumers (the ones who use Facebook), with enterprise and government users being the BlackBerry’s last strongholds in North America. I can’t see CIOs putting off replacing BlackBerrys with iPhones just because the BlackBerry features tighter Facebook integration.
Then again, stranger things have happened. More than one company has thrown its lot — and its logo — in with mobile hardware, with laughable results. Let’s take a look at eight other mobile phone flops: