We usually cover news and developments related to new BlackBerry devices in this space, but this week we look at it from a different angle. We didn’t hear much, if anything, new about the 9650 or the 9100 this week, but we did hear about the retirement of old devices. Hey, you can’t support them forever. So click on over here to hear the BBGeekcast (9 min, 35 sec) And don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast so you won’t miss future episodes!
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Verizon is cutting a few models, including perhaps the most popular BlackBerry model ever — at least in my limited sampling of people on the subway in New York City. Three of the soon-to-be retired devices have replacements, while one does not. Quick, without looking, can you guess what BlackBerry model Verizon is dumping just because it’s not selling? Are you worried about cell phone radiation? Scientific studies to this point have come to different conclusions, but as I said in News From The Wire, I don’t think we have a large enough sample. Yes, billions of people have used cell phones for over 10 years now, but plenty has changed in that decade. Plus, if we want to find out more about long-term effects, we need more than 10 years of data. What if 10 years of usage leads to a higher rate of cancer? We wouldn’t know that right away.