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From: email@example.com (Bob Wilson)
Subject: Re: Cell phone emissions
Date: Sat, 02 Nov 2002 05:32:37 -0000
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References: <firstname.lastname@example.org> <email@example.com>
In article ,
>On Fri, 01 Nov 2002 05:28:37 -0000, firstname.lastname@example.org
>(Bob Wilson) wrote:
>>In article ,
>>>"Bob Wilson" wrote in message
>>>> In article ,
>>>> >Hmm... I carry mine in my jeans pocket... and still I have four
>>>> >children. And yes, they are my own.
>>>> >"Ometepe" wrote in message
>>>> >: Effects on sperm count when carrying a cell phone in your jeans
>>>> >: might make another interesting (and, probably, thoroughly pointless)
>>>> >: study ;-)
>>>> Since the only problem that might occur with a cellphone relating to
>>>> emissions can only occur when it is transmitting, I cannot help but
>>>> how you manage to talk on the thing when it is in your pants pocket.
>>>I thought mobile phones " checked in " with the local transmitters to let
>>>the network know where to sent calls, so the phone is transmitting part
>>>the time even when it's not being used.
>>Nonsense! We are in the cellphone/pager design business, and I can tell
>>you that they transmit *ONLY* when being used. Otherwise that battery you
>>THOUGHT was fully charged would be found suddenly dead when you had noty
>>even used the phone.
>GSM and other digital phones maintain a dialogue with the base
>stations. They must assess field strengths and find new base stations
>within range to which they can hand over at the edges of service
>areas. This is necessary to keep the VLR up to date in order that
>incoming calls can be routed instantly to the correct cell/sector. The
>dialogue isn't enormous, but it is there in the background. One of the
>most important dialogues is that concerned with switching the phone
>off. It informs the network you are going off line rather than merely
>out of range.
>The idea that cell phones transmit only when you are "using" them is
Sorry, I should have been more clear. I assumed from the OP's comments that
he meant relatively continuous transmission when he was not using the phone.
Sure, the thing communicates with base stations from time to time, and for a
few tens of mS each time, but this is too insignificant to be considered a
problem with the cellphone 'in his jeans". I assumed that from his comment
that he was referring to the phone being on long enough to generate
sufficient radiated signal exposure causing possible biological damage
"below his belt".
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