Vienna Medical Association publishes safety guidelines for mobile phone usage.
Medical Mobile Rules – The bullet points (translated from German) consider the latest scientific findings
- Keep calls short and as few as possible – use a landline or write SMS. Children and teenagers under 16 years old should carry cell phones only for emergencies!
- “Distance is your friend” – keep the phone away from your body. Take advantage of the built-in speakerphone or a headset
- Do not keep the phone directly on your body – special caution applies here for pregnant women. In men, mobile phones are a risk to fertility in your pocket. Use the outer coat pocket, a backpack or a purse / handbag to carry it
- Do not use in vehicles (car, bus, train) – Without an external antenna, the radiation in the vehicle is higher
- Do not use when driving at all. This is also good driving safety advice and illegal in some countries.
- Make calls at home and at work via the fixed network – Internet access via LAN cable (e.g. via ADSL, VDSL, fibre optic) is not irradiated, is fast and secure data. DECT cordless telephones, WLAN access points, data sticks and LTE Home base stations (Box, Cube et cetera) should be avoided
- Work offline and use Airplane mode – for functions such as listening to music, camera, alarm clock, calculator. You do not always need a connection.
- Fewer apps means less radiation – Minimize the number of apps and disable the most unnecessary background services on your smartphone. Disabling “Mobile services” / “data network mode” turns the smartphone into a conventional cell phone. You can still be reached, but avoid a lot of unnecessary radiation from background data traffic
- Avoid making calls in places with poor reception (basement, elevator etc) – in such situations the mobile increases its transmission power. Instead use a headset or the speakerphone
- Purchase mobile phones with a very low SAR value and an external antenna connector if possible.