TORONTO, Oct 23 (Reuters) - Former Apple Inc ChiefExecutive John Sculley is exploring a joint bid for smartphonemaker BlackBerry Ltd with Canadian partners, the Globeand Mail reported on Wednesday, citing unnamed sources.
The report said Sculley declined to comment on the matter,but told the Canadian newspaper that he has been a long-timeBlackBerry fan and user.
BlackBerry, based in Waterloo, Ontario, once dominated thesmartphone market but put itself up for sale after beingovertake by Apple's iPhone and devices using Google Inc's Android operating system.
"The only thing I would say is, I think there's a lot offuture value in Blackberry," Sculley told the newspaper. "Butwithout experienced people who have run this type of business,and without a strategic plan, it would be really challenging."
Sculley could not immediately be reached to comment on thereport or confirm the quotes.
A BlackBerry spokeswoman said in an e-mail to Reuters thatthe company did not plan to comment on its strategic reviewuntil it approves a specific deal or otherwise concludes theprocess.
A group led by property and casualty insurer FairfaxFinancial Holdings Ltd last month unveiled a $9 a sharetentative offer for BlackBerry, but Fairfax did not reveal theother members of the bidding consortium.
BlackBerry is also in talks with Cisco Systems Inc,Google and SAP about selling them all or parts ofitself, several sources close to the matter had told Reuters.
BlackBerry co-founders Mike Lazaridis and Douglas Fregin arealso considering a bid, a securities filing showed earlier thismonth.
Chinese computer maker Lenovo Group Ltd has alsobeen cited as a potential buyer.