Rather than outsource the production of their phones to someone who will likely listen most closely to their biggest customer du jour (Apple, etc.), why doesn't HTC offer its excess production capacity to other companies? They certainly have domain knowledge in the production of phones and now have excess capacity. It would seem to be a better deal than selling off production facilities for some fraction of a dollar and outsourcing their manufacturing. Given BlackBerry's woes of late with their contract manufacturers, BB might be an ideal customer for HTC 'phone manufacturing'.