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The reason their customers buy them has nothing to do with the hardware and everything to do with BBM. The only way out for them is as a service provider on alternate (Android, Windows, iOS) platforms.

Going private may enable them to continue to do this; any purchaser that makes sense (Microsoft) would be buying their customer list and the BBM brand. Dell buying them would be a Palm goes to HP level farce.

As a victim of the HP/Palm fiasco, I would give Dell the benefit of the doubt only because it is hard to imagine that they could match HP in the colossal screwup and destruction of a great product.

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