MOBILE PHONE VENDOR Motorola builds the phones with the highest Specific Absorption Rate (SAR) emissions, which recent reports have suggested could be carcinogenic.
The Environmental Working Group (EWG) has drawn up a list of the safest and most dangerous mobile phones on the market based upon the Watts of radiation they're pumping out. The highest level allowed in Europe is 2W per kilogram (W/kg) but limit in the US and Canada is lower at 1.6W/kg.
Motorola tops the EWG chart with 12 of its products listed having the highest SAR emissions. The Motorola V range, Motozine and Bravo all produce high W/kg levels. The highest has 1.6W/kg and the rest go down to 1.58 W/kg. Blackberry's 8820 also emits 1.58W/kg and then, astonishingly, the next 14 lower emitting models are all Motorola's as well.
At the other end, Motorola also holds the two safest spots for lowest emission levels with its V.101 and V.100 producing only 0.14W/kg each. Apple's highest emitting model is the Iphone 3GS and it emits 1.19W/kg. Other popular smartphones like the Motorola Droid and the HTC Desire also fall into this general range.
The potential cancer causing danger of mobile phones hit the news again last week after the World Health Organization's International Agency for Research on Cancer (WHO/IARC) concluded that using mobiles up next to the ear can increase the chances of developing brain cancer.
To reduce your risk from using a mobile phone you can hold your phone further away from your ear, as the inverse square law means that electromagnetic radiation drops off rapidly with greater distance from the antenna.
Bluetooth has already exploited the news by pointing out that it's a safer way to interact with your phone.
"A typical mobile phone transmits with 1 watt of power, while a Bluetooth headset transmits with only about 1/1000 of that power (1mW)," wrote a Bluetooth spokesperson. µ
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