What were the worst wireless acquisitions of all time?

Sue Marke
As the wireless industry matures, we have seen a rise in acquisitions as companies rush to purchase competitors in order to gain market share or buy firms with complementary technologies in hopes of creating new opportunities in the industry. But not all wireless acquisitions have been successful. In fact, many have been abysmal in terms of making money or fulfilling the original vision.

With Google's (NASDAQ:GOOG) plan to acquire Motorola Mobility (NYSE:MMI) for $12.5 billion, as well as Hewlett-Packard's decision to drop support for its webOS device business as the backdrop, FierceWireless editors decided to take a look at some wireless deals from the past. What deals have gone sour and why?  

And, given that the Google/Motorola deal took most of the industry by surprise, what other outrageous deals could be lurking out there that might blindside the industry?  

Here's a look at blockbuster wireless industry deals--past and potentially future:     

The past: The worst wireless acquisitions of all time

The future: Top outrageous wireless acquisitions that could happen next

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