Sprint mobile phones comply with the regulations and guidelines of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), which address potential health effects of radio frequency (RF) energy.
Part of being a responsible corporation is being aware of concerns consumers may have related to operations, products and services. Consumers may have questions about the radio frequency (RF) emissions generated by mobile phones and wireless telecommunications facilities, and the effects of those emissions on health. According to the United States Federal Communications Commission (FCC), the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and the World Health Organization (WHO), exposure to RF emissions from mobile phones causes no known adverse health effects. These findings apply to adults, children and teenagers. Sprint encourages interested consumers to stay informed on the latest research and policies in this area.
Radio frequency energy from cell phones and antennas
When in use, mobile phones emit radio waves that communicate with surrounding base stations, repeater sites and antennas. As the radio waves (also referred to as radio frequency (RF) energy) communicate with these network infrastructures, electromagnetic fields (EMFs) are created.
Each mobile device contains a radio transmitter that emits radio waves during use. The level and frequency of that emission is dependent on the type of mobile device in use, as well as the distance between the device and the base station.
EMFs are present naturally in the environment, most notably during a thunderstorm, when there are changes in electric charges in the atmosphere. Electromagnetic fields are also generated through a variety of human-made sources, such as X-ray equipment, power lines, microwave ovens and mobile phones. Radio frequency emissions created by a mobile phone differ from radio waves created by X-rays or gamma rays. Experts state that energy of the type emitted by wireless phones cannot break chemical bonds or cause ionization in the human body, meaning it cannot break or damage DNA cells in the human body.
Wireless phones sold in the United States are subject to federal safety standards and must be tested and certified. Sprint adheres to these guidelines and strives to communicate in a transparent manner to anyone seeking information about our products. We are committed to staying informed and maintaining dialogue with stakeholders concerned about health and RF.
The vast majority of experts agree that there is to date no scientific evidence supporting a causal relationship between exposure to RF energy through wireless phone usage and cancer or other adverse health effects. Sprint encourages additional high-quality research that will contribute to the extensive scientific knowledge currently available about RF and health. For more information please visit our frequently asked questions or refer to the important safety information guide for your Sprint device.