Cell Phone Radiation Poses Health Risk to Children, Adults

Samsung Impression named as lowest radiation cell phone.

Some of the most popular cell phones on the market are among the ones that emit the most radiation, placing cell phone users at possible risk of cancer. This warning comes from the Environmental Working Group (EWG), which just released an online consumer guide that provides comprehensive information on cell phone radiation emissions for consumers. Samsung Impression and Motorola RAZR are named as top two cell phones that have the lowest radiation emission.

The Environmental Working Group, a nonprofit research organization that provides information to consumers on how to protect human health and the environment, rated more than 1,000 cell phones that are marketed in the United States. The cell phones found to emit the greatest amount of radiation were the Motorola MOTO Vu204 (Verizon Wireless), T-Mobile myTouch 3G (T-Mobile), Kyocera Jax S1300 (Virgin Mobile), the Blackberry Curve 8330 (Spring, US Cellular, VerizonWireless, MetroPCS), and Motorola W385 (US Cellular, Verizon Wireless).

There has been controversy and debate for years about the possible risk of cancer associated with cell phone use. While the EWG study and recent scientific research are not conclusive, together they raise enough red flags for consumers to take note about the risk of cancer. Olga Naidenko, PhD, senior scientist at the Environmental Working Group, noted in the group’s news release that there is enough concern that consumers should take steps to reduce their exposure to cell phone radiation.


Of special concern is cell phone use and radiation exposure in children, whose softer, thinner skulls have less ability to protect the brain from radiation. Research shows that children’s brains absorb two times the amount of radiation emitted from cell phones as those of adults. According to the Pew Internet and American Life Project, 71 percent of children ages 12 to 17 owned cell phones in 2008, and more than 50 percent of them used the phone daily.

Cell phone users can access the Environmental Working Group’s online guide to which cell phones to buy based on the amount of radiation they release. Currently, the US government does not require cell phone manufacturers to label their products with the amount of radiation they emit. The EWG would like consumers to tell the federal government that disclosure by cell phone manufacturers should be required.

To help reduce exposure to cell phone radiation, the EWG recommends that consumers text more and talk less, use headsets and speaker phones whenever possible, and to not use their cell phone when there is a weak signal.

The EWG has also released the names of the cell phones that release the least amount of radiation. The top five in that category are the Samsung Impression (SGH-a877; AT&T), Motorola RAZR V8 ICellular ONE), Samsung SGH-t229 (T-Mobile), Samsung Rugby (SGH-a837; AT&T), and Sansung Propel Pro (SGH-i627; AT&T). A complete list of the more than 1,000 cell phones in the EWG study can be found on their website.

Environmental Working Group report
Pew Internet and American Life Project