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30 June 2013

Top Ten Cell Phones That Emit the Highest Levels of Radiation

The RIM BlackBerry Curve 9310
emits high levels of radiation
Suspicions raised on cancer, cell phone link
by Olivia Dimmer news@tctimes.com, 28 June 2013

BlackBerry, Droid, Razr emit most radiation

Although there is yet to be any hard evidence or research done on the subject, many news organizations are warning of the risks of carrying cell phones on or near the skin. This comes after hearing the story of Tiffany Franz, a Strasburg resident who was diagnosed with breast cancer at 21, despite no family history or participation in risks that usually cause cancer.

Franz, according to the Be Aware Foundation that focuses on breast cancer prevention, carried her phone in her bra for 12 hours a day for six years, and later noticed a lump in the exact spot she carried her phone.

Because there have only been three cases of women reporting breast cancer after carrying their phones in their bras, findings are inconclusive and real research is rare. One such instance of research was done by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), in a 2011 study that suggested radio frequency fields (RF), such as those from cell phones, may cause cancer but more research was needed before that could be confirmed.  Even cell phone companies like Apple and the makers of Blackberry phones warn in their user’s manuals that skin contact with cell phones be avoided. The iPhone 4 Product Information Guide states that when carrying the iPhone, keep it .62 inches or more away from your body to ensure exposure levels remain at or below the maximum levels. The user manual for the BlackBerry 9620 Smartphone states that, “When you wear the BlackBerry device close to your body, use a RIM approved holster with an integrated belt clip or maintain distance of 0.98 inches between your BlackBerry device and your body while the BlackBerry device is transmitting.” The manual also states that the long-term effects of exceeding RF exposure standards might present a risk of serious harm.

With more than 300 million cell phone users in the U.S and growing, the risk of radiation exposure by cell phones is growing. Until proper research is done either proving or disproving the risks, it is better to be safe than sorry when carrying your cell phone.

Top 10 cell phones that emit the highest levels of radiation

Rank Model SAR (digital) Carrier
1 RIM BlackBerry Curve 9310 1.58 Boost Mobile
2 Motorola Razr HD 1.56 Verizon Wireless
3 Motorola Droid Razr Maxx HD 1.56 Verizon Wireless
4 Nokia Astound 1.53 T-Mobile
5 RIM BlackBerry Curve 9350 1.5 Sprint Nextel
6 Nokia Lumia 900 1.49 AT&T
7 Motorola Defy XT 1.48 U.S. Cellular
8 HTC Trophy 1.48 Verizon Wireless
9 Motorola Atrix 4G 1.47 AT&T
10 RIM BlackBerry Curve 9360 1.47 T-Mobile

Source: CNET Guide to cell phone radiation levels


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