November 1, 2005
Dear CNET members,
The scary Halloween monsters have gone into hibernation for another year, so no worries about them. But then there are other things that will continue to worry or scare people--such as the harmful effects of cell phone radiation. This controversial topic has been debated over many years, and people are always on the fence about it. Some express great concerns about radiation causing problems ranging from headaches to tumors, yet others are quick to state there is no scientific evidence to prove any health problems associated with wireless phone use. However, in a recent blog entry by CNET editor Molly Wood, she reports that the U.S. Supreme Court has rejected an appeal by the cell phone industry that would have stopped class-action lawsuits over potentially dangerous radiation emissions. So what does that mean? Is it a done deal that cell phone radiation does in fact have harmful effects on users? Well, whatever this ruling may or may not state, you can tell us where you stand on this subject of cell phone radiation. Is it harmful? Read what other members have brought to the discussion, and voice your opinion here.
This week's hot topic:
Cell phone radiation
Just about everybody nowadays owns a cell phone, but in our latest Make the Call discussion, we asked if cell phone radiation is harmful. And you had plenty of interesting opinions to share.
Benefits outweigh risk
CNET member STEPMAN points out that, while there may be some risks, cell phones can actually help save lives. Do you feel the same way? Do you have a similar story?
Read STEPMAN's full post in Make the Call
The sky is not falling
As an employee of the telecom industry, member nschaefer308 works with engineers who test cell phones, and he is confident that no danger exists. What do you think?
Read nschaefer308's full post in Make the Call
What about everything else that's wireless?
CNET member flyboy73 is concerned about all wireless devices--not just cell phones. How do you feel about the growth of wireless devices in our everyday lives? Is there a danger?
Read flyboy73's full post in Make the Call
Is the controversy over cell phone radiation enough to scare you away from using one? Or do you think it is all hype with no scientific facts to back up the nonsense? Where does your opinion fall regarding cellular phone radiation: harmful or harmless? Check out Make the Call, and let's hear your voice.
Cell phone radiation levels
From CNET Reviews
Cell phone buying guide
From CNET Reviews
CNET editor's cell phone blogs
From Alpha: the CNET blog
Cell phones forum
From CNET forums
Here are some interesting comments you've recently submitted on CNET. Read up on it and talk about it.
Which cellular carrier offers
the best service?
The season of giving is approaching, and many consumers will have at least one family member or friend on their shopping list who wants a wireless phone service for the holidays. With so many cellular services to choose from, it can be mind-boggling to try to find the best one. So which carrier do you think has the best service?
Extended warranty for your HDTV:
worth the price?
HDTVs are quickly becoming the only kind of new TV worth buying. But most people don't have any information about how the technology will perform over the long term. If you get an HDTV, will you pay extra for an extended warranty?
Do you love or hate touch-screen LCDs?
Some people think touch screens are a leap forward in ease of use for cameras, while others consider them an inferior alternative to well-implemented physical controls. Where do you stand with touch screens?
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