Do BlackBerry phones make you itch? You could be allergic to them
No traces of cobalt or nickel were found on the Apple iPhone or on Android models. On the other hand, those using once popular flip phone models could have some problems with allergies. 91% of those phones contain nickel and 52% of them tested positive for cobalt.
switch to an Apple iPhone or Android handset to reduce the chance of having a reaction. The Doctor adds, "Blackberry users with known allergies should avoid prolonged conversations, text messaging and handling their phones if they begin noticing symptoms." These symptoms include redness, swelling, itching, eczema, blistering, skin lesions and occasional scarring.
If you are allergic to nickel or cobalt, which are used in coins, jewelery and makeup, and need to have a BlackBerry phone, the ACAII suggests that you use a plastic case, Bluetooth and a clear film for the screen. For RIM, this is just another piece of bad news that could possibly affect the slumping Canadian handset manufacturer. There is the possibility that the new BlackBerry 10 models to be launched early next year, won't contain nickel.
source: Eurekalert via Gizmodo
1. XPERIA-KNIGHT (Posts: 2384; Member since: 08 Aug 2012)
uneccessary article man.........how many "reports" have we actually heard about people saying they are allergic to black berry phones? smh
2. Nadr1212 (Posts: 741; Member since: 22 Sep 2012)
HOW DARE U POST A COMMENT BEFORE I DO?!!!
U'LL PAY I TELL U!!!!! U WILL PAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
4. XPERIA-KNIGHT (Posts: 2384; Member since: 08 Aug 2012)
In the great words of Muhammed Ali...
"I done wrestled an alligator.......I done tussled a whale.....I hand cuffed lighting and thrown thunder in jail........IM FAST!"
21. slaggyb (Posts: 165; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)
Indeed bulls**t... I have lost respect for iphonearena. This site is in the final phase of becoming a complete joke.
3. pikapowerize (banned) (Posts: 1869; Member since: 03 May 2012)
not worthy to be called news!! iPhonearena strikes again!
"if you are allergic to nickel or cobalt, which are used in coins, jewelery and makeup"
lol... nickel and cobalt are use on most of the commonly use things! im pretty sure everybody has a coin! and most women has makeup and jewelry! so why allergic to BlackBerry?
just want to write something more terrible to BB?
10. SleepingOz (Posts: 2464; Member since: 22 Oct 2011)
People who're allergic to these materials probably don't use coins, jeweleries, make ups and whatsoever object made of these allergenic materials. As simple as that! Now stop with all these pathetic whines!
5. febzz88 (Posts: 4; Member since: 17 Jul 2012)
This is still news, no matter how short or lightweight it is. What the article tells us is actually something, a study which has been conducted and whose result has been published. If this is not news, than what is it? If not because of this article, we might not really realize it at all.
Let's appreciate what other people have written and the efforts they've made to provide us with something to read.
8. pikapowerize (banned) (Posts: 1869; Member since: 03 May 2012)
lol...this news is telling people that BB is not for people with allergy!... but using BB is as good as using makeup, jewelry and having a coin!
im pretty sure you have a coin... so do you have an allergy with it?
6. nwright94 (unregistered)
I've had reactions to my class ring which had nickel in it but never heard of a phone doing it.
7. rusticguy (Posts: 2810; Member since: 11 Aug 2012)
BB i don't know but i am very allergic to aluminium in general :)
11. Tsepz_GP (Posts: 664; Member since: 12 Apr 2012)
I should've known this war. a Gizmodo write up, those guys hate anything not Apple. I'd love to see the figures of how many people are well and truly affected.
12. Tsepz_GP (Posts: 664; Member since: 12 Apr 2012)
I should've known this was a Gizmodo write up, those guys hate anything not Apple. I'd love to see the figures of how many people are well and truly affected.
13. Damien_666 (Posts: 37; Member since: 16 Oct 2011)
An article for this?
What next? Some users maybe allergic to smartphone displays?
And since when do doctors RECOMMEND iPhones or android handsets?
Okay, iPhone is made by just one company - Apple. So you can find out if it uses these metals.
Since when did android have anything to do with nickel or cobalt, LOL?
Those s**theads (if they are doctors) could have suggested specific handset makers - not android as a platform!
Maybe Sony phones don't have it, but Samsung also maybe uses Nickel/Cobalt? That would make sense.
Looks like a very questionable article trying to BS BlackBerry.
14. downphoenix (Posts: 2230; Member since: 19 Jun 2010)
omg, this is serious?
Wow, the world must REALLY hate RIM. Gotta love how he says they should switch to an Iphone or Android as though it was really necessary to suggest, since most former BB owners have such a phone.
If you dont like blackberry, that's fine, don't like it. The fact of the matter is though, they are functional smartphones, just like the android and iphone. Android fans, don't fool yourself too much, but Android is in many ways copying the style of phone of the iphone, since it is a system that is reliant on touch screen operation and tapping on icons on the screen. Of course there's other differences for the platforms but the bare basics are the same.
Thing is, a touchscreen grid-based phone isn't for EVERYONE. It may be the most popular style, but some people prefer the tactile keyboards and trackpads of a blackberry, which serves to have its own advantages. All the bad fluff and rumors on Blackberry is just basically trying to dissuade these people from their preferred style of phone, and its really sickening.
19. Nicholas.Oliver (banned) (Posts: 16; Member since: 10 Nov 2012)
everyone hates rim including me
23. Googlethis (Posts: 168; Member since: 05 Jul 2012)
not every one there are a few supporters out there.
25. Googlethis (Posts: 168; Member since: 05 Jul 2012)
I like the company there just haveing a downtime hopefully they pull themselves up out of the dirt and release something cool for both the buisness and social person wich judging by what there saying they might have done so. either way its good to have more than one or 2 mobile operating systems competeing against eachother.
15. lyndon420 (Posts: 1635; Member since: 11 Jul 2012)
I'm allergic to apples...not blackberries.
26. Googlethis (Posts: 168; Member since: 05 Jul 2012)
Best comment so far that ive seen today.
18. Nicholas.Oliver (banned) (Posts: 16; Member since: 10 Nov 2012)
THIS..........IS SO TRUE!!! I'M VERY ALLERGIC WITH THOSE BB!! I WANT TO THROW IT TO THE FLOOR AS HARD AS POSSIBLE
I'm back with a brand new id, my old id got banned yesterday for no reason, phonearena's moderator is cleary in pikapowerize favor
22. pikapowerize (banned) (Posts: 1869; Member since: 03 May 2012)
coz you say hateful things that dont make sense!
20. bobdastarfish (Posts: 3; Member since: 21 Oct 2012)
I used to get a rash when I wore my watch and I come out in a rash every time I use certain faces creams or makeup so thank I don't have a BlackBerry
27. Lwazi_N (Posts: 205; Member since: 23 Jun 2011)
Such a bulls**t article, Alan F- this is my 3rd Blackberry and I have never experienced such.
29. aakashram2001 (Posts: 14; Member since: 13 Mar 2012)
lets remember some months earlier we read an article about mobile phone radiation where report says highest radiation emitted by apple iphone no one cared about this why and radiation is more dangerous than allergy again no one raised the issue why