Late last month, news reports were swirling about a new $4 phone being put on sale in India. The phone, which doesn’t have the capabilities of smartphones like the iPhone or Galaxy, is still impressive for its cost to the consumer, and the fact it was created in India is hopeful for many reasons.
Products created in the country they are distributed in have a much more difficult time being created with inhumane or exploitative labor to the degree that we have seen from factories producing those aforementioned smartphones today. So, a product that could be easily built upon by a growing tech industry in India with an infusion of capital funded by high sales of this basic smartphone is essentially a free gift for economic growth in this sector and also promises more high-paying, high-quality jobs in India potentially than foreign firms could offer.
However, everything from an actually Chinese made demo given to journalists to controversy over the product in India doesn’t give much legitimacy to the company building this cheap Indian phone. Western and Asian tech needs to flood India with the right amount of tech at the fairest level of equity possible in order to develop even more established and even more capable phones than this one because that’s the only way India’s tech market is going to grow rapidly enough to catch up to the West and Asia in the next decade or two.
According to medical professionals, it looks as though cellular phones may very well be contributing to an increase in cancer cases. This is especially true for cancers that affect the head and neck areas, according to Joel M. Moskowitz, Director of the Center for Family and Community Health at the University of California. Data that was collected back in 2011, determined that radiofrequency radiation has a very carcinogenic effect on the body. The more a person uses their phone, the higher their risk would be for developing cancer at some point in their lifetime. This is worrisome to young professional like Ivan Ong, who you can check out at his personal website.
A number of Interphone studies that were completed by a number of
wireless communication companies determined that frequent use of cellular technology was a contributing factor to brain cancer and other neuromas. While at one point in time, these findings were considered to be ‘plausible’ they are now showing to be more confirmed. There are phone cases on the market that claim to block radiation from the person using the phone or carrying it around. Medical professionals and scientists are not so sure that these products can live up to their claims. Currently, many of these products have not been studied. The best option you have is to put your phone away when not in use. Don’t carry it in your pocket or close by. Also, limit your phone activity to when you really need it. Hopefully, more definitive answers will be available in the near future regarding this health concern.