Research in Motion (RIM), the company behind BlackBerry smartphones, is considering licensing its operating system to other device manufacturers.

BlackBerry 10, the latest incarnation of the OS, could be taken up by budget phone producers, who could reach audiences who are willing to spend less on their handsets.

Thorsten Heins, RIM's chief executive, said: "To deliver BB10 we may need to look at licensing it to someone who can do this at a way better cost proposition than I can do it."

He claimed that manufacturers could easily build hardware to support the BlackBerry platform. This, in turn, could be licensed to third parties, increasing the spread of BlackBerry and associated technologies.

However, Mr Heins played down the move, saying it was still early days.

"We're investigating this and it's way too early to get into any details," he claimed.

Recently, BlackBerry announced a delay to its 10th operating system as it incorporated new features, such as video chat.

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