Is Carrying My Cell Phone in My Pocket Dangerous?

There was a small bit of legalese that may have been overlooked in the iPhone 4 safety manual. It read: When using iPhone near your body for voice calls or for wireless data transmission over a cellular network, keep iPhone at least 15mm (5/8 inch) away from the body, and only use carrying cases, belt clips, or holders that do not have metal parts and that maintain at least 15mm (5/8 inch) separation between iPhone and the body.

Similar warnings about carrying a cellphone or smartphone in a closely sewn pocket show up throughout the industry. The safety manual for Research in Motion’s Blackberry 9000 phone tells users that they may violate Federal Communications Commission guidelines for radio-frequency energy exposure by carrying the phone outside of a holster and within 0.98 inches (2.5 cm) of their body. The safety manual of the Motorola W180 phone tells user to always keep the active device one full inch away from their body, if not using a company approved, “clip, holder, holster, case or body harness.”

With the information taken from these phones safety manuals it is obvious that it is not a good idea to have the active cell phone in close proximity to the body. Active cell phones emit microwave like signals and expose your body to radiation that may be harmful to it. Multiple studies have shown that people who are exposed to the radiation from cell phones increase their chances of cancer.

The best thing we can do to protect ourselves from these signals is to have our phones turned off, or have Airplane Mode turned on, when we are not using the phones. If that is not an option then we should be following the advice of the safety manuals and carry our phones on our belt clip or holster, in a case, or body harness.
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