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The 20 Cell Phones Giving Off the Most Radiation

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How much radiation are you absorbing through cell phone use?

For years, doctors, researchers, experts and gadget enthusiasts have been debating the possible effects of cell phone radiation on your health. With possible links to cancer, a lot of people view it as a serious concern. So how much radiation is bad and how much does your cell phone give out?

For the last 10 years, CNet has been compiling a list of the 20 cell phones that give off the most radiation. According to CNet, to understand the list, you have to know that the amount of radiation absorbed by your body is called the specific absorption rate, or SAR. The maximum amount of radiation allowed by the FCC in the US and Canada is 1.6 watts per kilogram and in Europe this SAR figure is capped at 2 watts per kilogram.

The worst phone, pushing the FCC's limit with a SAR rating of 1.6 watts per kilogram is the Motorola V195:

Second is the Motorola Zine ZN5, with a rating of 1.59 watts.

Third/tied for second is Motorola again, this time with the Motorola Rival. The Rival also packs a SAR rating of 1.59.

Fourth place goes to a relatively unknown phone from Virgin, the Jax S1300, with a rating of 1.55 watts.

In fifth place is another Motorola handset, the VU204, clocking in at 1.54.

RIM appears on the list for the first time with a hat-trick, taking sixth, seventh and eighth place for the Curve 8330 on Verizon, U.S. Cellular and Sprint. The Curve carries a SAR rating 1.54 watts.

Motorola returns to nab ninth place with the Crush and its rating of 1.53 watts.

In tenth place is the Pantech Matrix from AT&T. It rated 1.52 watts.

Nokia appears at number 11 on the list and HTC at number 13.

Click on through to CNet to check out the rest of top 20.

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    Abrahm , March 18, 2010 5:42 PM
    My guess would have been the iPhone giving off the most radiation into the brain... It would have explained a lot of things...
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    sliem , March 18, 2010 5:48 PM
    Motorola seems to run on radiation.
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    thearm , March 18, 2010 5:45 PM
    AbrahmMy guess would have been the iPhone giving off the most radiation into the brain... It would have explained a lot of things...


    lol
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  • 37 Hide
    Abrahm , March 18, 2010 5:42 PM
    My guess would have been the iPhone giving off the most radiation into the brain... It would have explained a lot of things...
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    thearm , March 18, 2010 5:45 PM
    AbrahmMy guess would have been the iPhone giving off the most radiation into the brain... It would have explained a lot of things...


    lol
  • 26 Hide
    sliem , March 18, 2010 5:48 PM
    Motorola seems to run on radiation.
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    tayb , March 18, 2010 5:49 PM
    AbrahmMy guess would have been the iPhone giving off the most radiation into the brain... It would have explained a lot of things...


    Yeah. Har har. Because if you own an iPhone that definitely means you are STUPID. Har har.
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    JohnnyLucky , March 18, 2010 5:49 PM
    The debate over exposure to cell phone radiation has been going on since the day they were first introduced. For most of the day I do not keep my phone on my person. I just leave it on my desk.
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    sinsear , March 18, 2010 5:50 PM
    You still probably receive more radiation from being out in the sun for 30 minutes than you do talking on a cell phone for 10 minutes...
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    polly the parrot , March 18, 2010 5:54 PM
    Shit. I have a Curve.
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    soo-nah-mee , March 18, 2010 5:58 PM
    Go Motorola! No wonder my Razr always got such a strong signal.
    polly the parrotShit. I have a Curve.
    You're a dead man (or woman).
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    bison88 , March 18, 2010 5:59 PM
    ^ Same here lol, no wonder I've been hard of hearing recently and my head stuffed up :p 
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    ashrafpasha , March 18, 2010 6:00 PM
    i agree..
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    maximiza , March 18, 2010 6:03 PM
    I have had excessive ear wax build up since getting the VU204. Coincidence or something else?
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    knickle , March 18, 2010 6:07 PM
    While there are always exceptions to the rule, more power output should translate into fewer dropped calls. So if you're not buying into the brain cancer theory, the phones listed should be worth considering.
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    Anonymous , March 18, 2010 6:10 PM
    Microwave radiaition is non-ionizing. It cannot break the molecular bonds of your DNA, or anything else in your cells for that matter. It cannot cause cancer. Einstein introduced us to the photoelectric effect in 1905. I don't know why we're still debating this over a century later.
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    jellico , March 18, 2010 6:12 PM
    I think a lot of this is driven by technophobia. The enigmatic "they" made similar claims about electric lights in the home (disproven), the television and sitting too close (disproven), radar range/microwave ovens (disproven), cordless telephones (disproven), computer CRT monitors (not yet disproven, but few statistically significant cases can be found), and now the ubiquitous cell phone.

    Cell phones have been around for over 20 years, and have had an almost exponentially increasing market share for about the past 12 years. If there were any statistically significant rates of brain cancer (or other major adverse health effects) amoung cell phone users, I'm sure some lawyer would have filled a class action suit by now.
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    roynaldi , March 18, 2010 6:13 PM
    Number 6 -- "Bare knuckled bucket of...."

    RADIATION
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    beergoggles , March 18, 2010 6:14 PM
    @JohnnyLucky - Cell phone may be the cigarettes of the 2040's. 'Of course they're safe, even Dr's use them' Do you see all the kids with cell phones perineally plastered against their heads? Us older folks may not live long enough to see an issue. Kids who use their phones more than us and from a younger age really have the concern, IMO. I don't trust the profit driven technology industry to be completely up front on, or even care for that matter, what the long term exposure to radio waves of that level can be.

    @sinsear - And that makes you feel better? Aside from vitamin D and rickets, most people are saying less sun exposure is better. 30 minutes of unprotected high noon sun day in and out can be pretty bad. If 10 minutes of cell usage equates to that (I realize they are different radiations, but for the sake of equating them as you did) then I would be really nervous.
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    SlickyFats , March 18, 2010 6:19 PM
    I am screwed. I used to own a few of those including the Motorola V195 and I currently have a Bold.
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    bustapr , March 18, 2010 6:23 PM
    I hate all these radiation/cancer investigations. Everything has a link to cancer. Talking on your cell phone, the way u sleep, and the things u eat are some. I like eating. The latest one i heard of was that if a mom is obese during pregnancy, the child has a high risk of getting cancer. WTF. Ill still get a cell phone if i like it, no matter what the cancer guys say. My blackberry curve was awesome and I didnt seem to get dumber after using it for a year. Too bad I forgot to take it out of my pocket at the beach, lol.
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    JonathanDeane , March 18, 2010 6:29 PM
    sinsearYou still probably receive more radiation from being out in the sun for 30 minutes than you do talking on a cell phone for 10 minutes...


    That kind of scares me... I live in Florida sunshine capital of the the US and by some strange coincidence... skin cancer capital too.

    Also I own the older brother of #9 :(  lol

    I think it really depends on how much you talk or text on your phone since the only time it puts out that much power is while your using it. So I being the hermit I am probably safe for the time being.
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    the_krasno , March 18, 2010 6:35 PM
    What phones emit the less radiation? That would be useful information (and good publicity).
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