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Palm Buyout Could Close This Week

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Mar 20, 2007, 8:39 AM   by (staff)

Palm, maker of the Treo smartphones, is expected to sell itself off this week, possibly as early as Thursday. The top bidders include two private equity firms, Texas Pacific Group and Silver Lake Partners, and two manufacturers, Nokia and Motorola. Palm is working with banking firm Morgan Stanley to close the deal, and is said to prefer selling to a private equity buyer. Nokia is considering bids in the $19 to $20 range, which is close to the $20 per share minimum that Palm is seeking. Motorola may enter the bidding process in an attempt to block Nokia from successfully acquiring the smartphone maker and thereby gaining some much-needed leverage in the U.S. market. Motorola's struggling handset business could also use the boost represented by adding the Treo phones to its portfolio.

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Jorin

Mar 21, 2007, 9:59 AM

NOT MOTOROLA!

NEEEEEOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! Surprised Anybody out there agree it would be a huge mistake to sell to Motorola?
why? it probably be the best company to take them over. the product would survive. there are other good companies, htc, msft
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buckeye12

Mar 20, 2007, 1:22 PM

Struggling?

Wait Motorola has a struggling handset business?

News to me lol
It is no secret that Motorola has a struggling handset business. If you take out the 75MIL RAZR's sold and the US market, they are struggling GLOBALLY to top NOKIA in the market share race. I think you will also acknowledge the KRZR has not had the ...
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LatinoGeek

Mar 20, 2007, 9:06 AM

Nokia

Nokia could use Palm get better leverage here in the US. But seeing as they seem to be low balling Palm, I guess they aren't really serious about it.

Palm's future doesn't look to bright....
I agree about Palm having a dark tunnel ahead, but I don't know about Nokia not being serious. It would be a great business move for them, and a great way to get a good price is to pretend to be apathetic about the buy. They really don't need...
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If Nokia buys them, say goodbye to CDMA Treos.
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SprintPCSGuy

Mar 20, 2007, 11:17 AM

Motorola CAN'T buy Palm. How could they scuccessfully market Treos?

Moto likes to take all of the vowels out the names of their phones.

Treo would become "TR".

That just wouldn't work. Laughing
Actually, Motorola just seems to like four-letter names, so TREO is perfect! Wink
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