Tests Find Illegal Levels of Radiation from Popular Smartphones

Tests Find Illegal Levels of Radiation from Popular Smartphones

A new report shows radio frequency radiation in phones at higher levels than FCC limits allow. Do you think this is true?

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A U.S. federal agency is investigating cellphones made by Apple and Samsung for emitting more radiation than legally allowed.

An investigation launched by the Chicago Tribune found that some of the most popular smartphones produced in the last three years emit more radiofrequency radiation than the legal safety limit permits – some by as much as five times.

Smartphones produce radiofrequency radiation that is absorbed by the body. When kept under the legal limit there is little chance the radiation can cause serious biological harm. However, at high levels it can heat and damage biological tissue. Among the most vulnerable areas are the eyes and testes due to their inability to quickly dispel heat.

A total of 11 smartphones made by Apple, Samsung, Motorola and Blu Smartphones were tested at distances within two, five, 10 and 15 millimeters of the body.  Every model tested by Apple and Samsung – aside from the iPhone 8 Plus in one test — emitted radiation levels exceeding the legal limit when two millimeters from the body.

After reviewing the lab results from the Chicago Tribune, the Federal Communications Commission (the government agency responsible for phone regulation) said they will be conducting smartphone radiofrequency radiation tests in the upcoming months.

“We take seriously any claims on non-compliance with the RF (radiofrequency) exposure standards and will be obtaining and testing the subject phones for compliance with FCC rules,” FCC agency spokesman Neil Grace said to the Chicago Tribune.

Apple, Samsung and Motorola have all disputed the report’s findings.

There are ways smartphone users can reduce exposure. The California Public Health Department recommends not carrying cell phones in pockets. Apple suggests using a hands-free option when operating their smartphones, such as the speakerphone function or headphones.

The report makes it clear that these results are neither universal nor definitive. Only 11 smartphones were tested and it cannot be said with certainty that phones testing over the legal limit can cause harm.


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A new report shows radio frequency radiation in phones at higher levels than FCC limits allow. Do you think this is true?

Totals
29% Y – Nonsense
71% N – I believe it
Males
36% Y – Nonsense
64% N – I believe it
Females
6% Y –Nonsense
94% N – I believe it

Y – Nonsense

N – I believe it


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