New York, June 18th 2010
After the Mayor of San Francisco, Gavin Newsom, passed an ordinance that requires all cell phone retailers, beginning next year, to label the emitted radiation levels of all phones sold to the public, 1800Mobiles has decided to follow his example and become the first nation-wide online cell phone retailer to inform its clients on SAR (Specific Absorption Rate) levels.
In order to pass FCC certification any cell phone sold in the U.S. needs to be below the 1.6 watts per kilogram (1.6 W/kg) SAR level. All phones are tested before they go on sale.
"Showing SAR levels does not imply in any way that cell phone use is harmful to its users; there have been inconclusive studies for the last 10 years over the subject; however, we agree with Mayor Newsom that this is a matter of public record and consumers should be informed," said Marcello De Luca, Co-Founder of 1800Mobiles.com
Some wireless industry officials have responded to Mayor Newsom's initiative and labeled it as potentially confusing as some consumers may think some phones are safer than others. The FCC itself states on their site: "Any cell phone at or below these SAR levels (that is, any phone legally sold in the U.S.) is a "safe" phone, as measured by these standards. The FCC limit for public exposure from cellular telephones is an SAR level of 1.6 watts per kilogram (1.6 W/kg)." Source: fcc.gov/cgb/sar/
Confusing or not - universal consensus or not, we at 1800Mobiles are all for informing our clients and under this spirit we applaud Mayor Newsom for its courage and initiative.
Find SAR levels for all major cell phones here: Cell Phone SAR Levels