A while ago, I used to hear those “exposé” news stories present reports on the health hazards of cellular phones, usually with hints that extensive use of the devices leads to exposure to radiation (in the form of radiofrequency absorbed by the body) and possibly cancer. I was happy to see a CNET report on the issue with some details.
While research abounds and some tests have shown that cell phone radiofrequency (RF) could accelerate cancer in laboratory animals, the studies have not been replicated. Cell phones can affect internal pacemakers, but there is not conclusive or demonstrated evidence that they cause adverse health affects in humans. So in short, the jury is still out, research is ongoing, and we will continue to monitor its results.
CNET provides radiation data for around 200 phones, starting with the ten phones with the highest radiation absorption levels (Motorola is a winner here) and the ten phones with the lowest levels.
Where is your phone? My Motorola V710 is a little on the high side, with a rating of 1.4.
Published or updated February 22, 2006. If you enjoyed this article, subscribe to the RSS feed or receive daily emails. Follow @ConsumerismComm on Twitter and visit our Facebook page for more updates.