Phonegate Team, phonegatealert.org 11 January 2019
press release published on its website, the French National Frequency Agency (ANFR) announced that it had noted during these controls that the M BOT 60 smartphone from the French manufacturer LOGICOM exceeds the regulatory thresholds for the Specific Absorption Rate (SAR) trunk. Indeed, it was measured at 2.81 W/kg, which represents an overrun of more than 40% of the European regulatory limit value set at 2W/kg.
In accordance with the regulations (Article L43 II bis of the French Post and Electronic Communications Code):
"ANFR has given notice to LOGICOM, the company responsible for marketing this telephone, to take all appropriate measures to put an end to the non-compliance found on equipment currently on the market as well as those already marketed."
Insufficient and misleading communication from manufacturers
Nevertheless, if the information methods for the owners of the M BOT 60 are better than for the ARCHOS access 50, they remain at the very least insufficient or even misleading. Indeed, as indicated in the “update”, there is no mention of exceeding the SAR… and we can easily imagine why. Not seen, not taken!
Consumers don’t let it happen!
In addition, we are more than reserved about the methodology chosen by ANFR, which favours updating high-risk mobile phones rather than withdrawing them from the market. It is indeed easy to deduce the reasons for this, namely:
- A lower financial cost for manufacturers;
- A less damaging impact on their commercial image with consumers
- A lower impact in terms of media coverage;
But above all, updates quickly make the smartphone models concerned obsolete, by limiting their power, they force users to buy a new device. In the end, the consumer was misled by the manufacturer. He put his health at risk by exceeding the SAR thresholds. And he will also have to pay for a new mobile phone at his own expense. In other words, the worst situation for the user and the most favourable to manufacturers.
For Dr. Arazi, President of Alert Phonegate:
“We advise all consumers concerned not to let this happen and to ask the distributors who sold them these smartphones to refund them and provide them with a new mobile phone for free. And this without presuming any possible legal actions by future groups. Feel free to contact us if you are in this situation.”