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Mobile phones work by sending and receiving radio signals to and from base stations. These radio signals, or radio waves, carry information from normal calls and basic text messages to pictures and computer data services. The use of radio waves is not new and other sources in the environment include paging devices, emergency services communication systems and television and radio broadcasting. 


In the course of the 70 years during which radio waves have been used for commercial purposes, there have been more than 5,000 separate pieces of scientific research into their potential effects on human health. All of this research has culminated in the current international guidelines on the use of radio waves, which are recommended by the World Health Organisation and which were drawn up with the express purpose of protecting all members of the public. T-Mobile has always operated within these international guidelines.

Research into radio waves and their effects is ongoing. The most authoritative piece of UK research is the Independent Expert Group on Mobile Phones (IEGMP) report, conducted on behalf of the Government. Published in May 2000,the Stewart Report (as it has become known) states that: “The balance of evidence indicates that there is no general risk to the health of people living near to base stations, where the exposures are only small fractions of guidelines.” 

T-Mobile continues to fund research into the potential impact of mobile phones and base stations on public health. An independent health research programme, co-funded by the Government and the UK mobile telecommunications industry, was developed and details of the projects receiving funding can be found at www.mthr.org.uk

 


For further information, please refer to:


T-Mobile handbook: Your Health. Your Safety. Your Environment. Your questions answered. 

Department of Health: Mobile Phones and Health 

Department of Health: Mobile Phone Base Stations and Health 
 

  

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