“Hands free” mobile phones may be safer than the rest
- By: Roger Dobson
Using “hands free” kits with mobile phones seems to be safer than holding these phone directly against the head, according to research commissioned by the Department of Trade and Industry.
Tests showed that the kits offered “substantially” reduced exposure to radiation, and when ferrite suppressors were added to the earpiece cables, even lower levels of exposure were recorded.
The report of the research, carried out by an independent company, Sartest, said that the position of the phone, including which way the key pad is facing and how the earpiece hangs, can affect radiation absorption.
“With a hands-free kit in use, the maximum body absorption depends on where the mobile phone is placed. If it is in the hand, the situation is similar to normal use of the phone against the ear. If it is in the pocket, then the body absorption is expected to depend on which way around the