According to TC Europe, Nokia had explored the idea of incorporating the BlackBerry OS into Nokia smartphones. According to TC’s sources, Nokia explored all three potential operating systems (Android, Windows and BlackBerry) in tandem. According to sources, RIM was apparently uninterested in the partnership and Nokia chose to go with Microsoft in the end. Microsoft is also apparently paying big bucks for Nokia to use their OS.
There are a number of reasons why RIM wouldn’t agree to a partnership with Nokia. Perhaps there were security implications with using Nokia hardware and RIM’s OS, or perhaps RIM didn’t like tying their brand to a product they didn’t believe in.
Does this mean anything for RIM in terms of competition? The Windows Phone OS will likely see a bump due to a few more Nokia smartphones in the mix but North American users aren’t buying Nokia now, and it’s not clear if this sort of partnership will change anything for the foreseeable future. “Two turkeys do not make an eagle.”