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A man is silhouetted against a video screen with as he poses with a Nokia Lumia 820 smartphone in this photo illustration taken in the central Bosnian town of Zenica, September 3, 2013.
A man is silhouetted against a video screen with as he poses with a Nokia Lumia 820 smartphone in this photo illustration taken in the central Bosnian town of Zenica, September 3, 2013.
(Dado Ruvic/Reuters)

SCOTT BARLOW

Nokia deal doesn’t change much for BlackBerry

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The hardy souls still holding BlackBerry Ltd. stock will be encouraged by the $7.2-billion (U.S.) price tag for Nokia Corp. handset business. But according to one technology strategist, the true catalyst for the deal does not apply to BlackBerry, and now Microsoft has been likely removed as a potential bidder for Canada’s most famous electronic devices.