Is Your Cell Phone Safe?

Radiation levels from leading mobile models

Thursday, September 10, 2009

It's not definitively known whether cell phone radiation has a detrimental effect on health. While scientists try and figure it out, non-profit watchdog Environmental Working Group just released an analysis of 1,000 different cell phone models and their radiation levels. We talk with Richard Wiles, the group's spokesperson; and Louis Slesin, editor of Microwave News, an online publication that covers radiation issues.

If you're in the market for a new phone and concerned about radiation – though we should point out there's no firm evidence yet saying whether you should or should not be – you may want to consider Samsung, which has the phones that head the Top 10 list for lowest radiation. For more information, read the Environmental Working Group's rankings.

Guests:

Louis Slesin and Richard Wiles

Hosted by:

Lynn Sherr

Contributors:

Stephanie Hughes

Comments [2]

Allaina

@Mikey: Well duh, of course they are going to have media endorsements on their "About Us" page. Think about their target audience: the consumer. Consumers care about what the media has to say. Take a look at the EWG Staff page if you want to see the Ph.D., M.D., and J.D. endorsements.

Sep. 17 2009 03:45 PM
Mikey

Wow. This piece must have been the result of some in-depth Googling. Two representatives of the Tinfoil Hat Brigade, talking about a controversy that does not exist, to a reporter's uncritical endorsement. Hint: if your "scientific" source has nothing but media endorsements on its "About Us" page, you might want to look a little harder.

Sep. 10 2009 10:05 AM

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