Why Would Facebook Bid On BlackBerry?

By David Cohen 

BlackBerryZ10Just when you thought the Facebook phone rumors were finally put to bed with the release of the social network’s Home Android overlay and its flagship device, the HTC First, The Wall Street Journal reported that executives from scuffling handset maker BlackBerry met with Facebook executives last week to gauge their interest in bidding in the company, citing sources familiar with the matter.

The Journal said neither company would comment, and it was unclear if Facebook was actually considering a bid.

According to the Journal, Chinese computer manufacturer Lenovo was considering a bid, as were BlackBerry Co-Founders Mike Lazaridis and Doug Fregin.

Facebook Co-Founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg has stated repeatedly that the social network was not interested in building its own phone. Even in the unlikely event of a change of heart, why would Facebook pursue a company that has been spiraling downward for years?

Readers: Do you think anything will come out of the reported talks between BlackBerry and Facebook?