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Analyst Suggests that RIM Should Buy Handspring

Earlier this week, Unstrung reported that Seamus McAteer of the Zelos Group suggested that Research in Motion should acquire Handspring in order to strengthen its presence in the mobile phone-based messaging market. According to the article:

Handspring has both GPRS and CDMA 1xRTT variants of its Treo device. Most of the BlackBerry devices that RIM has sold actually run over pager networks. The company has recently introduced GPRS and iDEN variants of its devices.

{Seamus McAteer said,} "With Handspring, there's a brand there, and it gives RIM a CDMA channel and a relationship with Sprint PCS."

Although RIM has a GSM/GPRS device of its own, McAteer estimated that they had only sold 10,000 such devices.

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