My "dumb phone" is dying.
As it approaches its third year of life, my phone - which can barely receive my Twitter repsonses for my work account, let alone send photos or surf the web - is dying, making the sound of battery death more and more frequently and dropping off the the network completely. And my work duties really mean I should have a data plan. (I suspect, too, that my husband would like an upgrade too!)
And so we've started the hunt for a new smart phone.
My biggest issue about smart phones - other than the much higher costs - is that I'll likely use it far more frequently, and our exposure to radiation, however small, could be a concern. I realize that the jury may still be out on the link between cell phones and cancer, but I recognize that the device would be tucked in my pocket or purse for hours a day, and there's no harm in limiting risk.
So I checked out the Environmental Working Group's list of top 10 safest phones, which to my dismay wasn't updated since December 2010. Since new phones are released all the time, I'm surprised this hasn't been updated in more than a year. I was also able to find a list of smart phones (undated), which I may be able to cross-reference once I find a finalist or two from the functionality end.
With no clear answer on what my next phone will bring, how can I limit my exposure? The Environmental Working Group has some ideas:
- Text instead of talk, as it emits less radiation (and data use).
- Use headsets or speakers.
- If you have fewer bars, limit your use, as it takes more radiation to make it to the tower!
- Limit children's cell phone use - ideally to emergencies only. Is Angry Birds really worth it?