The FCC has reportedly launched an investigation into Apple and Samsung phones after a test from the Chicago Tribune found the phones to be emitting radiation levels above FCC limits.
The test was conducted on Apple’s iPhone 7 and 8 and Samsung’s Galaxy S8, S9 and J3 by the RF Exposure Lab in California.
The Tribune reported “Radio frequency radiation exposure from the iPhone 7 — one of the most popular smartphones ever sold — measured over the legal safety limit and more than double what Apple reported to federal regulators from its own testing,”
As a result of the testing, the FCC is now investigating. Officials made clear that they would not comment on the results of the test but did indicate that the results were not as thorough as the government testing and would be conducting their own. FCC spokesman Neil Grace said “We take seriously any claims on non-compliance with the RF (radio frequency) exposure standards and will be obtaining and testing the subject phones for compliance with FCC rules,”
Both Apple and Samsung have disputed the test findings. In a statement Apple said “All iPhone models, including iPhone 7, are fully certified by the FCC and in every other country where iPhone is sold… After careful review and subsequent validation of all iPhone models tested in the (Tribune) report, we confirmed we are in compliance and meet all applicable … exposure guidelines and limits.”
Samsung meanwhile stated “Samsung devices sold in the United States comply with FCC regulations…Our devices are tested according to the same test protocols that are used across the industry.”
Reports of excessive RF radiation should be disturbing to everyone especially in light of the concerns over the new 5G frequencies and the numerous health conditions linked to cellular frequency exposure.