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Mobile scandal: Mobile phones significantly exceed the threshold value for radiation by normal use
Published at 7 Jul 2017

The so-called “Phone-Gate” scandal originates from a study made by the French government. Its data shows that 9 out of 10 of tested mobile phones exceed the threshold value. The government withheld this information that, among other things, showed that the test results were more than triple of the radiation levels previously reported by the manufactures.  


In a until now secret report to the French authorities it has become clear that the mobile phone manufactures stated levels of radiation is not corresponding to reality and the normal use of mobile phones and other wireless devices.
The Volkswagens diesel scandal in 2016, where the concern manipulated the test methods in order for the results to show a significant lower CO2 emission than what was actually the case, ended up coasting the group many millions and the CEO his position. The same thing is now happening in the mobile phone industry. The only difference is that the authorities who have determine the threshold values are the same who have defined the test methods, as well as the fact that these are not up-to-date and in no way correspond to the way consumers are using the products. 

Outdated test methods are a central part of the problem – children and women are paying the price!
A mobile phone is approved if it meets or lies under the threshold values for electromagnetic radiation at 2W in a SAR test. However, the measuring is made when:

A) The radiation is measured from a distance of 1-2,5 cm from respectively the head and body – which is not a normal usage situation. Most user keep the mobile phone close to the ear when speaking on the phone as well as keeping it close to the body in a pocket. The same thing goes for a tablet, which is often used very close to the body – especially by children!
By comparison it would mean that you measured the emission of CO2 from a car when it was in neutral going down a steep hill in tail wind.

B) Radiation level is measured by using the body volume of a grown man, but fact is that men by this size only account for 30-40% of the total of mobile – and tablet users. Women and children who often weigh significantly less hence absorb much more radiation. A 10-year-old child absorb 60% more radiation than an adult man, which in practice means that the mobile phone and/or tablet should not be allowed to use for children or anyone else that does not have the body mass of a grown man.
Using the car example again, it would correspond to looking for approval of an engine build for a large limousine weighing 2 tons, but testing it in a micro car weighing only 500 kilos. In this case the engine would also emit significantly less CO2 than if it had to drag a big car at 2 tons.

Report was withheld for the public for 5 years
Furthermore, it is a scary and aggravating circumstance that the French report made for the French government was completed back in 2012 and was not published to the public until after a court order. The National French Frequency Agency (ANFR) has since informed that most mobile phones exceed the government’s threshold values for radiation when tested by the way they are used – meaning In close contact with the body.

The manufactures are not obligated to test the mobile phones’ radiation values when then are kept in e.g. a shirt or trouser pocket. According to the French government study, hundreds of mobile phones were tested in 2015, and 9 out of 10 phones exceed the manufactures’ reported test radiation levels, when retested in positions where the phone is in close contact with a human body. The government refused to publish the results right up till a court order was made.

See the list of the radiation level of 379 mobile phones by normal use 

Test results showed more than triple the radiaion level as stated by the product aprroval tests
After months of action from the French doctor Dr Marc Arazi the ANFR has June 1st 2017 submitted the details regarding brand, model and the test result for each tested mobile phone. Arazi’ request was originally refused. Popular brands like Apple, Motorola, Samsung and Nokia were among the tested models. Tested in close contact with a human body some of the test results were more than triple of the manufacturers’ previously reported radiation levels.

Read more about the measurement of SAR and “the hidden information in your mobile phone” 
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