Apple, Samsung sued over phones that release excessive radiation

Apple, Samsung sued over phones that release excessive radiation
Back in August, the Chicago Tribune published the results of an investigation that showed RF radiation levels from four Apple iPhone 7 units it tested surpassing the legal limit. In addition, the investigation showed that this figure was more than twice the amount that Apple's testing came up with. This issue isn't limited to the iPhone; the Samsung Galaxy S8's test result was positively scary. The FCC limit on radiation is "1.6 watts per kilogram averaged over one gram of tissue." The amount of radiation generated by the Galaxy S8 from a distance of 2mm away was a shocking 8.22W/kg. This means that a Galaxy S8 user placing the phone in his shirt or pants pocket could expect to receive more radiation than recommended by the government.

At 2mm, most of the 11 phones tested by the paper exceeded the legal limit. But manufacturers were able to slide by thanks to a loophole. When the legal limits were being created in the 1990s, most people wore their phones on a belt loop 25mm away from their skin and so that distance became the standard for testing. And today, a press release issued by consumer-rights law firm FeganScott states that two separate class-action suits against Apple and Samsung are being consolidated into one suit that was filed Thursday in U.S. District Court in the Northern District of California, San Francisco Division. The legal action asks that the court order the defendants to pay for medical monitoring and an unspecified damages amount.

29% of American teens sleep with their phone in the bed with them


The suit was filed after the law firm hired an FCC-accredited lab which confirmed that the radio-frequency (RF) radiation from popular Apple and Samsung phones exceeded legal limits when the devices were used following the manufacturers' directions. The managing partner of FeganScot, Beth Fegan, is the attorney of record. She says that phone manufacturers like Apple and Samsung need to take responsibility for misleading consumers about the amount of RF radiation that is released by their handsets when they are close to their skin.

"Apple and Samsung smartphones have changed the way we live. Adults, teenagers, and children wake up to check their email or play games and do work or school exercises on their smartphones. They carry these devices in their pockets throughout the day and literally fall asleep with them in their beds," Fegan said. "The manufacturers told consumers this was safe, so we knew it was important to test the RF radiation exposure and see if this was true. It is not true. The independent results confirm that RF radiation levels are well over the federal exposure limit, sometimes exceeding it by 500 percent when phones are used in the way Apple and Samsung encourage us to. Consumers deserve to know the truth."


The press release noted that at a distance of 2mm, both the iPhone 8 and Galaxy S8 released RF radiation at twice the legal limit. At 0mm, the radiation emanated by the iPhone 8 was five times the legal limit while the Galaxy S8 released three times the legal limit at that distance. Other phones tested by the FCC-accredited lab included the iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 8, iPhone XR, Galaxy S8, Galaxy S9, and Galaxy S10.

The reason for urgency in this matter is that research from Pew indicates that 96% of Americans own a cellphone and 81% sport a smartphone. Even more concerning, 29% of American teens sleep with their phones in the bed with them. "Smartphone owners across the country deserve to know that the RF radiation levels from smartphones when touching the skin or used close to the body may be unsafe," Beth Fegan noted. "The emails and calls from concerned consumers have increased as more research comes to light, and it is our goal to show that Apple and Samsung were aware of the alarmingly high radiation levels when their products arrived on the market."

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32 Comments

1. Zrtsg

Posts: 40; Member since: May 09, 2019

What about xiaomi, huawei and google?

5. User123456789

Posts: 1370; Member since: Feb 22, 2019

1+ too ...

6. RevolutionA

Posts: 529; Member since: Sep 30, 2017

All Androids does

7. Zrtsg

Posts: 40; Member since: May 09, 2019

I know. I'm pretty sure they do but why they aren't sued?

8. RevolutionA

Posts: 529; Member since: Sep 30, 2017

$$$$$ Other countries don't care. WE care

19. darkkjedii

Posts: 31780; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Apparently iPhones too, they’re being sued as well. Stop deflecting.

26. tedkord

Posts: 17514; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

As do all iPhones

13. DBozz

Posts: 156; Member since: Sep 19, 2019

1+ has 1 over head .93 over body...

2. MsPooks

Posts: 312; Member since: Jul 08, 2019

Umm...so what harm was caused?

12. DBozz

Posts: 156; Member since: Sep 19, 2019

U ll die at 40 with skin or brain cancer

3. seantn4

Posts: 67; Member since: Dec 11, 2018

Everything will kills us anyways. Gonna die doing what i love...using a phone lol

4. Plutonium239

Posts: 1262; Member since: Mar 17, 2015

Radio frequency (rf) is non-ionizing radiation and cannot damage DNA. Rf does not cause cancer. There is no harm to the consumer from these cellphones.

16. someguy2261

Posts: 262; Member since: Feb 12, 2016

And you know this how?

21. kiko007

Posts: 7525; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

Looking it up maybe?

24. Subie

Posts: 2452; Member since: Aug 01, 2015

Yup, I agree kiko and looked it up too. But I take that info about cell phone radiation with a grain of salt. Remember, there was also a time when Doctors would say that smoking cigarettes was ok for you.

30. Plutonium239

Posts: 1262; Member since: Mar 17, 2015

Only doctors paid by the tobacco industry said that, similar to climate scientists employed by the oil industry denying climate change. Rf is very well understood and has been used for nearly a century now. When x-rays(ionizing radiation) were discovered the dangers were unknown at first, however scientists were quickly able to study the effect of excessive exposure and figure out that xrays were giving people cancer. So, xray machines were altered to emit less and parts of the body that did not need to be xrayed were protected with lead aprons. If radio caused issues we would know by now. It cannot because it isn't ionizing radiation. It simply cannot damage a DNA molecule.

32. Subie

Posts: 2452; Member since: Aug 01, 2015

1. I'm not just talking about the ads. You can find plenty of people from older generations who's doctors would suggest smoking cigarettes to calm nerves, anxiety etc. 2. What science thinks it knows today is sometimes changed tomorrow. Here's an excerpt from physics.org on the cell phone radiation matter: "Scientists therefore do not currently know of any mechanism by which using a mobile phone could cause cancer or harm you in any other way. Mobile phones have only been in widespread use for the past 15 years so it is possible that there may be other mechanisms that we are not yet aware of. In particular, the effects of mobile phone radiation on children are largely unknown as so far studies have focused on adults"

28. AlienKiss

Posts: 324; Member since: May 21, 2019

Yeah right.. Keep telling yourself that.. Why do you think that there are institutions especially created to test these kind of emissions? You make no logic for an Asgard. Gray Supreme

9. Demo-jay

Posts: 98; Member since: Feb 13, 2018

What was the RF reading on the 7plus?

10. lyndon420

Posts: 6921; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

Make the phones a little bit smaller, and slap a 3mm thick case on it. Solved :)

11. cmdacos

Posts: 4398; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

iPhones have always been the worst and Apple hasn't given two s**ts but Samsung and others will need to pay up and step up

18. tbreezy

Posts: 253; Member since: Aug 11, 2019

This is absolutely hilarious. Well all this has not stopped people like Eric Schmidt of Alphabet (Google parent company), Ren Zhengfei (Founder of Huawei) and even Young Sohn (the Chief Strategy Officer of Samsung) from using their favourite phone.... the iPhone . :) Guess they realised what the best is.

20. darkkjedii

Posts: 31780; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Best is user subjective. I think my Note 10+ is the best phone ever, but someone else may not. Your troll game is weak bruh.

22. Vancetastic

Posts: 1907; Member since: May 17, 2017

He's not exactly a ringing endorsement for the iPhone, is he?

23. darkkjedii

Posts: 31780; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Not at all. He never offers any insight to any thread, just useless trolling of Samsung/android.

25. Vancetastic

Posts: 1907; Member since: May 17, 2017

I wish he at least had a sense of humor. I can handle funny trolls.

14. Vokilam

Posts: 1459; Member since: Mar 15, 2018

Wait til 5G radios are everywhere, including your phones. I was saying this over and over - and you guys told me “it’s nothing to worry about”.

31. Plutonium239

Posts: 1262; Member since: Mar 17, 2015

5g cannot penetrate even a sheet a paper, how could it possibly give you any issues at all?

15. Sam1ne

Posts: 63; Member since: Apr 07, 2019

..And you PA, along with EVERY other major review site, also play a part in this!! The radiation levels NEVER gets even mentioned, let alone valued as an important aspect of the device's spec sheet. The absurdity and irony of that fact is just tragic.

17. someguy2261

Posts: 262; Member since: Feb 12, 2016

Yea exactly why dont phone review site Test these this, you test all other useless things, testing for how much radiation phone gives off and rate it just like any other spec.

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