Cell phones rated for radiation

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Yikes! My beloved iPhone 3G that I’m relying on more and more didn’t make out so well when Environmental Working Group released its list of cell phones and how much radiation they emit. It’s actually pretty low down on the list which means its one of the higher emitters.

Environmental Working group did a ten month investigation into cell phone radiation and found that “cell phones do emit radiation — enough so that scientists are concerned about potential cancer risks.” They also make it clear that much more research is needed to come to any conclusions.

Because of this, they are encouraging consumers to purchase cell phones that have lower radiation emissions and they have rated more than 1000 phones in their Cell Phone Radiation Guide. You can easily look up your specific phone.

So what if, like me, you aren’t in the market for a new phone, and your phone is a high offender? EWG offers 8 Safety Tips, and with the exception of the first one which is “get a low emitting phone,” they are all ways to be safer with your existing phone.

2. USE A HEADSET OR SPEAKER

Headsets emit much less radiation than phones. Choose either wired or wireless (experts are split on which version is safer): www.ewg.org/cellphoneradiation/Get-a-Headset. Some wireless headsets emit continuous, low-level radiation, so take yours off your ear when you’re not on a call. Using your phone in speaker mode also reduces radiation to the head.

3. LISTEN MORE, TALK LESS

Your phone emits radiation when you talk or text, but not when you’re receiving messages. Listening more and talking less reduces your exposures.

4. HOLD PHONE AWAY FROM YOUR BODY

Hold the phone away from your torso when you’re talking (with headset or speaker), not against your ear, in a pocket, or on your belt where soft body tissues absorb radiation.

5. CHOOSE TEXTING OVER TALKING

Phones use less power (less radiation) to send text than voice. And unlike when you speak with the phone at your ear, texting keeps radiation away from your head.

6. POOR SIGNAL? STAY OFF THE PHONE

Fewer signal bars on your phone means that it emits more radiation to get the signal to the tower. Make and take calls when your phone has a strong signal.

7. LIMIT CHILDREN’S PHONE USE

Young children’s brains absorb twice the cell phone radiation as an adult’s. EWG joins health agencies in at least 6 countries in recommending limits for children’s phone use, such as for emergency situations only.

8. SKIP THE “RADIATION SHIELD”

Radiation shields such as antenna caps or keypad covers reduce the connection quality and force the phone to transmit at a higher power with higher radiation.

Now my husband tells me that we don’t actually us the 3G mode on our iPhones, we have them turned off, so that probably helps a bit when it comes to the radiation that is emitted and according to EGW because different cell tower networks use different frequencies, the amount of radiation coming out of my phone can vary.

Now, my husband tells me that we don’t actually use the 3G mode on our iPhones, we have them turned off, so that probably helps a bit when it comes to the radiation that is emitted. Also, according to EGW because different cell tower networks use different frequencies, the amount of radiation coming out of my phone can vary.

Still, I think it’s time I break down and embrace some sort of head set, don’t you?

Are you concerned about the amount of radiation that is emitted from your cell phone?

  1. “Listen more, talk less.” I love it! that is good advice in any case. Half the time we could cut down the length of conversation if we were fully listening and not off on our own track.

  2. Wow, my Blackberry Curve is one of the worst offenders. You just convinced me to use my headset. Thank you!

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