orb3000 · Jun 9, 2010 at 09:15 am

“Stay Healthy” Guide – 2G, EDGE, 3G, WhateverG

Retired Moderator nir36 presented this great work some time ago regarding how larger power consumption may affect cell phone users’ brains. This great and deep study, which is based on the work of retired Moderator Menneisyys’, discusses how maintaining 2G network connectivity has a lower impact on users’ health as well as a positive impact on battery life.
Let’s assume that you spend 3 hours on a very low signal area where clearly 3G won´t be available, but you have it active on your device, so it continuously tries to look for that 3G signal instead of switching to 2G. With situations like these in mind, the author addresses issues such as the fact that due to the aforementioned low signal, 3G requires about 3-4 times more power than required when there’s a strong signal, whereas 2G only requires 1-2 times since it has a much lower transfer rate. As the battery consumption is higher, so is the radiation and potential damage to your brain.

Originally posted by nir36
An issue not much spoken of around PDA enthusiasts is health.
after Menneisyys’s most wonderful guide on how to switch between networks I would like to develop his idea in another direction which regards to your brain staying cool.

btw, here’s a reference to Menneisyys’s guide.

http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=345524

As cellular generations evolved we got the gift of fast transfer rates.
This of course, doesn’t come for free, and the higher the transfer rate, the more our brain boils.. whether we’re connected to the internet or not.

This is not ALWAYS true, but let’s assume that the 1 in 30 cases state is negligible.

In most cases, when you’re connected to the 2G network, your device will consume less battery power than when it’s connected to the 3G network.

We can refer to 2G,2.5G,2.75G,3G,3.5G.. and so forth. the main issue is not the EXACT difference between these network types but how much does each of them effect your brain.

Our devices’ batteries consume power. they also radiate Electromagnetic waves which, if were visible, would create a most complex web, preventing us from doing anything since we would not be able to see.
that wasn’t true in the past. the amount of energy radiated was much much much lower.

When you’re connected to the 2G network, for instance, your phone tries to retain a fluent connection between its receiver and the (usually) closest relay point. this requires power. this power is also reflected into your brain.. and while a small % of it is dissipated into the air, a lot of it creates unnatural (we’ll leave it at that) heat in your brain. it’s something like the heat emitted from laptops (which you should also keep a good distance from.. using coolers and stuff.. or you’ll get all kinds of pains.. like i have right now typing this on my laptop).

Every provider plants relay points in different places.
though it’s a common belief that those relays are not healthy for you and you’d want them as far away as possible.. i’d say you don’t.
it’s true that having a relay 15-25m away from your window isn’t exactly a vladnik carnival but there’s a certain distance from the relay in which your phone wouldn’t work too hard to retain a signal, and the relay (edit: not the actual relay but the effects caused by having a close relay) won’t keep your neurons busy until they burst. It is obviously impossible to individually control the distance.

You can read the full guide in the original thread.


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