It’s been quite the week for BlackBerry in the media. Two relatively major stories from this week painted RIM and its flagship device in a poor light. First was one describing the BlackBerry’s place at Verizon, which has been greatly reduced this year. Second was an editorial at Endgadget which lamented the BlackBerry future. Yet it’s not all bad… So click on over here to hear the BBGeekcast (12 min, 47 sec) And don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast so you won’t miss future episodes!
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Despite all this negativity — and it’s not completely unwarranted — RIM reported further growth in their third quarter. That was undoubtedly helped by the Torch, which is probably the only inspiring RIM release of the year. It got Laptop magazine’s best smartphone of 2010 award, but this is the same publication that had the Tablet World Series and declared the PlayBook the winner, even though no one had ever used it. I’m not sure how RIM’s future as a business will look. What I do know is that their future as a smartphone manufacturer will become much clearer in 2011.