It's official: BenQ is buying
Siemens' struggling mobile
division. Not sure how much they paid for it, but Siemens, which has desperately—and publicly—been trying to unload
this on someone for months, sweetened the deal by buying 50 million euros worth of BenQ shares. So what is BenQ
getting? Well besides a company that's losing money like crazy (to the tune of two million dollars a day), they're
getting a license to sell handsets under the Siemens brand name for the next five years, as well as access to Siemens'
global distribution network and carrier relationships. Overnight BenQ goes from being a minor to a major player in the
cellphone biz, but the big question is, what do they do next? Siemens mobile division has been failing for a reason
(you can start with their lackluster selection of phones), and it's not all that clear what BenQ can or will do to turn
things around. What we do know for sure is that they're planning to keep the business headquartered in Munich, at least
according to an internal memo that was sent around earlier today to employees of Siemens mobile division.
[Thanks, jst and Ivan]