Cordless Phone Research

Written by Rebecca Lord
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When most people think of cordless phone research, they think of studies designed to make phones function more effectively. After all, static noise, random line crossovers, and periodic dropout are all pesky problems that plague the best of phones. However, an equally important line of research pertains to how our bodies react to cordless phone technology.

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Most of us embrace the scientific progress that has produced innovations such as the cordless phone and wireless router. After all, these are the little things that go a long way toward making our lives easier. This is especially true of the cordless phone, and research indicates that the vast majority of U.S. homes have at least one (if not many) cordless phones.

The standard cordless operates on a 900 MHz frequency, which is lower than that of a cellular phone or pager. However, it employs the same technology to operate, drawing on electromagnetic fields to transmit messages through the antenna. Thus, the risk for radiation exposure remains a concern.

The challenge rests with weighing this risk. Each day, we use microwaves, pagers, garage openers, and wireless computer mice, all of which operate with the same EMF principles. With this in mind, it is difficult to determine the risk from any one device, never mind the cumulative effects of using all of these things in conjunction with each other. Savvy scientists continue to tackle the matter, but it will be some time before conclusive findings about the risks of cordless phones are available.

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