To date, 35 different models of cell phones that are dangerous for the health of users have been either withdrawn from the French market or have had their Specific Absorption Rate (SAR) updated by software.
SAR exceeded for ONEPLUS 7 PRO mobile phone
The ONEPLUS 7 Pro smartphone has been pinned down in a SAR test carried out by the French National Frequency Agency (ANFR). As a reminder, the very limited budget of the French telecoms regulator only allows it to check the compliance of just over one in ten mobile phones sold in France each year. This situation has remained virtually unchanged since our alert was launched in July 2016.
In the press release published on 19 October 2022, the ANFR announced that it had detected an excess of the SAR of the member phone, which according to the German laboratory CTC Advanced was 4.42 W/kg. The first tests were carried out at the beginning of January 2022. It will therefore have taken more than ten months for users of the ONEPLUS 7 Pro to finally be informed of the overexposure to waves of their phone whose SAR has been reduced to 2.33 W/kg. These delays are aberrant when compared to other alerts, such as those concerning the food sector.
Moreover, and we regret this, only a few French media outlets have reported on the risks that this Chinese manufacturer poses to its customers.
SAR overrun for the XIAOMI REDMI NOTE 9 PRO
New excess of SAR found during a control conducted by the National Agency of Frequencies (ANFR) on the smartphone of Chinese manufacturer Xiaomi, the REDMI NOTE 9 PRO. Indeed in a statement published on July 28, 2022 on its website, the French agency published the tests conducted by the laboratory CTC Advanced which show a SAR member above the regulatory level of 4 W/kg, namely 4.96 W/kg.
However, once again after the Samsung Galaxy Note 10, it took eighteen months for the manufacturer Xiaomi to regularize the situation by implementing a software update. The tests were conducted in January 2021 and users did not discover until far too late that they had been overexposed to the waves from their smartphones.
As for the manufacturer Xiaomi, it is a recidivist well known to our association who thinks he can do whatever he wants since our criminal complaints against him have been dismissed by the Paris Prosecutor’s Office.
Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus nabbed for exceeding SAR
On July 11, 2022, theNational Frequency Agency (ANFR) revealed in a statement that three new models from manufacturers Samsung (Galaxy Note 10 Plus), Hisense (Infinity H 30) and Gigaset(GX290)have been checked for SAR exceedances. A software update has been imposed on manufacturers to bring the SAR back to the regulatory level (a procedure for which Phonegate Alert is reserved).
It should be noted that the test of the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus was conducted at the very beginning of 2021 and the information is given to users only 18 months later….why?
Danger for the RealMe 7i from Oppo
The latest dated December 20, 2021, is the RealMe 7i of the Chinese manufacturer OPPO whose member SAR after control of the National Agency of Frequencies (ANFR) exceeded the regulatory level set at 4W/kg. It has been tested in the laboratory at 4.91 W/kg and the SAR trunk is also particularly limited as reaching 1.96 W/kg (maximum 2W/kg). As a reminder, there is a significant margin of error of about 25%. After the update the limb SAR is reduced to 2.37 W/kg and the trunk SAR to 0.948 W/kg. However, it is up to the users to update their devices.
Nokia and the retailer Boulanger sanctioned
And among the latest smartphones tested with a “non-compliant” SAR trunk we also find the Nokia 7 Plus (SAR 3.48 W/kg) and the Sony XPERIA 5 (2.64 W/kg) . The manufacturer HMD GLOBAL OY (Nokia) received a financial penalty of 7,500 euros.
In addition, in March 2021 and April 2021 two smartphones sold by the distributor Boulanger (EssentielB HeYou 60 and 40) with a SAR trunk and limbs “at risk” respectively of 2.86 W/kg and 5.26 W/kg for the first have been sanctioned for exceeding regulatory thresholds
Updated list of cell phones dangerous to health
List of dangerous models that have not been removed or updated
Unfortunately, despite several reminders, the government has not yet taken any measures to protect the health of consumers! Read the Tribune we published in December in the Club de Mediapart. We question the government for its inaction in the face of public health issues related to mobile telephony.