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10 Best Cell Phones for Limiting Exposure to Radiation

New cell phones in 2010 are loaded with new features. For some models, like Motorola’s Droid, Blackberry Bold 9700, LG Chocolate Touch and HTC Nexus One by Google, consumers pay a hidden price: exposure to the highest legal levels of cell phone radiation. You can see for yourself by looking at the radiation levels for new 2010 cell phones.

Other new phones emit significantly less radiation.

Which is which? You won’t find out from those pricey ad campaigns or even the labels. Makers and vendors aren’t required to disclose their products’ radiation output at point of sale.

That’s why EWG has created a user-friendly interactive cell phone radiation list and database, covering more than 1,000 phones now on the market. We’ve updated it with the wireless industry’s latest and greatest offerings for the 2010 market.

We at Environmental Working Group can’t be pried from our cell phones. But we’re troubled by recent studies that have found significantly higher risks for brain and salivary gland tumors among people using cell phones for 10 years or longer. More research is crucial.

In the meantime, we think it’s smart for consumers to buy phones with the lowest emissions. Before you buy, check out devices you’re considering for radiation output. Levels vary widely, from 0 .3 to 1.6, the legal limit, measured in watts per kilogram of body weight, also known as SAR (specific absorption rate), the amount of radiofrequency energy absorbed by the body when using a wireless device phone.

10 Best Phones

Listing is based on phones currently available from major carriers.
You can also see all available phones ranked by radiation.

Sanyo Katana II [Kajeet]

Samsung Rugby (SGH-a837) [AT&T]

Blackberry Storm 9530 [Verizon Wireless]

Samsung I8000 Omnia II [Verizon Wireless]

Samsung Propel Pro (SGH-i627) [AT&T]

Samsung SGH-t229 [T-Mobile]

Helio Pantech Ocean [Virgin Mobile]

Sony Ericsson W518a Walkman [AT&T]

Samsung SGH-a137 [AT&T, AT&T GoPhone]

LG Shine II [AT&T]


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