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BlackBerry Messenger worth more like $3.5B: Expert

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BlackBerry may be willing to take a buyout offer for its BBM messaging service—but the company's asking price could far exceed its estimated value.

"If somebody comes to me with $19 billion, I would definitely sell it. I would recommend to the board to take it," BlackBerry CEO John Chen told CNBC at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.

It is no coincidence that Chen used that figure, given Facebook's deal last week to buy messaging service WhatsApp.