According to a report that was released from Bloomberg, RIM has hired bankers to “weigh strategic options”. They did not make any announcement in regards to the reasoning behind hiring them. If you subscribe the general consensus that is coming from anyone other than RIM supports there is a chance that RIM is setting up for potential sale of the company…
Now that we got that out of the way, a more plausible explanation maybe that they are trying to raise capital for some unknown reason. There are some companies that might be looking into purchasing RIM for their own reasons.
Samsung, HTC, LG, Motorola (Google), or Nokia: Now that the market has been fragmented into a more manufacture based market instead of certain OS associations, they will be looking at any sort of foot hold that could push them to a higher market share.
Microsoft: The windows mobile platform is slowly dying, and once again, anything that Microsoft can do to help them stay competitive. In addition to that, RIM is a big part of the enterprise market and Microsoft might want to have access to RIM’s enterprise service and the improvements that it might make for there customers.
In addition to these companies, there are also another handful of others that would love to get there hands on RIM’s intellectual property.
Personally I don’t see RIM selling the company any time soon if at all. With BB10 on the horizon it wouldn’t make any sense to sell the company.