Study shows riskiest cell phones on the market

September 9, 2009 10:00:10 PM PDT
A new study by an environmental group ranks more than 1,000 cell phones by the amount of radiation they emit. The group claims the longer people use cell phones, the more susceptible they are to developing brain tumors.

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Vinni Faria's still carrying around the antique version of a cell phone; it has no camera, no internet, no frills.

"Maybe it's less radiation?" asked Faria.

Not exactly.

The Washington, D.C.-based Environmental Working Group released a ranking of 1,200 cell phone models and the amount of radiation they emit.

Which cell phones emit the most or least radiation? Well it turns out there's really no rhyme or reason to the list.

The group says the worst offenders include: the Motorola Moto, T-Mobile My Touch, and Kyocera Jax and on the other end the Samsung Impression, Motorla Razr and Samsung SGH T229.

The popular Apple iPhone is somewhere in the middle.

"We don't say put down the cell phone. I'm still using my cell phone but I do text a little bit more as opposed to talking," said Environmental Working Group Senior Scientist Rebecca Sutton.

Researchers say sending text messages or talking on a headset cuts down on radiation exposure. The group also says people who have used cell phones for at least 10 years are showing increased risks for brain and mouth tumors, but the cell phone industry debates that.

In a statement, the Lobbying Association Representing Cell Phone Companies said: "Leading global health organizations such as the American Cancer Society, National Cancer Institute, World Health Organization and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration all have concurred that wireless devices are not a public health risk."

That's not convincing enough for Jessica Jobaris.

"Your phone get s really hot and it's almost like you can feel the microwaves coming in," said Jobaris.

Others just can't seem to get enough.

"I pay for it, I might as well use it," said J.P. Singh.

LINK: Environmental Working Group

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