How safe is YOUR cell phone? Find out.

Real Estate Agent with Jack White Real Estate 15598

Electromagnetic pollution surrounds us all the time, and it is not only cell phones that are emitting dangerous levels of radiation; there're wi-fi, satellites, GPS, microwaves, and more. Since we conduct most of our business on the phone, and if you are like me, I rely on my cell phone almost exclusively for my business, this has become an important question::

 How might we lower our exposure to dangerous radiation from a device we can control: our cell phones?

Using corded landlines whenever possible would be one way to eliminate those extra electromagnetic waves, but that is particularly hard to do in our line of work, It has also been suggested that we use  cell phones as answering machines - turning them on to check for messages and returning calls only. Carrying our phone in a purse or bag, not on our body, is another good idea. We are warned not to use our cell when we're inside a building or car because our phone will have to emit increased levels of radiation to send out the signal.

Given that cell phones are a must-have accessory in our increasingly always-connected world, wouldn't it be nice to know which cell phones are considered relatively safe?

The Environmental Working Group, a group focused on providing information on public health and the environment, released a list of the cell phones it considers most safe - and most dangerous.

 According to EWG, the top 10 low radiation phones are:

  1. Sanyo Katana II [Kajeet]
  2. Samsung Rugby (SGH-a837) [AT&T]
  3. Blackberry Storm 9530 [Verizon Wireless]
  4. Samsung I800 Omnia II [Verizon Wireless]
  5. Samsung Propel Pro (SGH-i627) [AT&T]
  6. Samsung SGH-t229 [T-Mobile]
  7. Helio Pantech Ocean [Virgin Mobile]
  8. Sony Ericsson W518a Walkman [AT&T]
  9. Samsung SGH-a137 [AT&T, AT&T GoPhone]
  10. LG Shine II [AT&T]

 All of these have a radiation emission (in Watts absorbed per kilogram of weight, or W/kg) of 0.55 (the first) to 0.76 (the tenth).

But what about us who use smart phones? EWG also compiled a list of the top 10 smart phones recommended by techies, ordered in this version of the chart by increasing radiation level (the rank on the left orders it by desirability/high ratings from tech writers and bloggers): 

Tech Expert Rank *

Phone Model



# 7

Motorola Brute i680


0.86 W/kg


# 8

Pantech Impact


0.92 W/kg


# 10

Samsung Mythic (SGH-A897)


1.08 W/kg


# 6

Motorola CLIQ with MOTOBLUR


1.10 W/kg


# 5

Samsung Instinct HD (SPH-M850)


1.16 W/kg


# 2

Apple iPhone 3G S


1.19 W/kg


# 3

HTC Nexus One by Google


1.39 W/kg


# 9

LG Chocolate Touch (VX8575)

Verizon Wireless

1.46 W/kg


# 1

Motorola Droid

Verizon Wireless

1.50 W/kg


# 4

Blackberry Bold 9700

AT&T, T-Mobile

1.55 W/kg


Among this group, the HTC Magic emits the most radiation (1.55 W/kg); the Droid is a close second (1.50 W/kg). The iPhone - my own phone - emits 1.19 W/kg. Among the smart phone group, the Motorola Brute has the lowest radiation levels (0.86 W/kg), which is of course higher than any in the group of ten phones EWG recommends we use.

The Federal Communications Commission requires that all mobile phones be rated at 1.6 W/kg or lower - so smart phones are really pushing the limit.

 No one knows exactly what the results of cell phone use will be in the long-term. I have heard that cell phone radiation has been linked to tumor growth, particularly of the salivary gland, might creates cognitive problems, damages DNA and causes infertility.

Personally, I am using text messaging whenever I can. Not only does it appear to be safer, it is also instantaneous and gets me the results I need quickly and succinctly. But I am not exchanging up my iPhone for any other kind of phone! Never mind the business it brings me: I am addicted to its apps!

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Randy Ostrander
Lake and Lodge Realty LLC - Big Rapids, MI
Real Estate Broker, Serving Big Rapids and West Central MI

Yikes...thanks for the wake up call. I had forgotten about the cell phone issues. My Motorola wasn't on the low emission list and hopefully not on the high list as like you I use it almost non stop. Thanks again for the heads up post.

Feb 16, 2010 06:20 PM #1
Marianne Grant, Realtor
Jack White Real Estate - Anchorage, AK
CRS 907-529-6602

Hey Randy, - Yes, even though there's not too much we can do about those emissions, I think to at least be aware that there might be an issue is useful. I am making more of an effort to use the land line now than I would have otherwise. thanks for your feedback. Have a good year, Marianne

Feb 17, 2010 08:30 AM #2
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