SARs for pocket-mounted mobile telephones at 835 and 1900 MHz

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Increasingly, mobile telephones are becoming pocket-sized and are being left in

the shirt pocket with a connection to the ear for hands-free operation. We have

considered an anatomic model of the chest and a planar phantom recommended

by US FCC to compare the peak 1 and 10 g SARs for four typical cellular

telephones, two each at 835 and 1900 MHz. An agreement within

±10% is obtained between calculated and experimental 1 and 10 g SARs for various

separations (2–8 mm) from the planar phantom used to represent different

thicknesses of the clothing both for the antenna away from or turned back

towards the body. Because of the closer placement of the antennas relative to

the body, the peak 1 and 10 g SARs are considerably higher (by a factor of

2–7) for pocket-mounted telephones as compared to the SARs obtained using

a 6 mm thick plastic ear head model—a procedure presently accepted both in

the US and Europe. This implies that a telephone tested for SAR compliance

against the model of the head may be severely out of compliance if it were

placed in the shirt pocket.

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[CBSNews] Cellphones only way to call most in late 20s

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The shift toward cell phones and away from landlines is having a wide impact, changing not only how people communicate but the telecommunications industry and the work of pollsters and others who collect data.
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[Guardian.co.uk] We need to get to the bottom of what mobile phones do to our health

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Without my iPhone, I’d find it hard to function, to stay in touch with my constituents and check the latest developments in Westminster on the move. Colleagues always joke that my mobile is glued to my ear. And, yes, I’ve even been known to use it in the bath.

But what does all that talk-time do to your health? Or carrying a phone next to your body for 18 hours a day?

The scientific jury is still out on whether those powerful micro-waves may be causing long-term damage. Thousands of studies have already been published on the subject, especially into the links between brain cancer and radiation. Yet the vast majority have proved inconclusive. Only last year, the World Health Organisation’s International Agency for Research on Cancer said further work was crucial into the long-term “heavy” use of mobile phones.

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[Consumer Reports] How risky is cell-phone radiation?

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The Food and Drug Administration says the “weight of scientific evidence has not linked cell phones with any health problems,” including brain tumors from the low-level radiation that phones emit in normal use. Yet in the past year San Francisco lawmakers have enacted an ordinance requiring that cell phones disclose the amount of radiation emitted, and Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-Ohio) announced plans to push for radiation warnings on all cell phones.

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