By now, you have probably noticed that not all smartphone cases are the same. A Pong case, for example, is the only mobile device case proven to reduce your exposure to cell phone radiation while still protecting your signal strength.
And while all Pong cases are rigorously tested by our researchers in state-of-the-art facilities, did you know that most mobile phone cases are neither tested nor factored into the device equipment authorization process, even though most people use a case with their mobile device?
As a result, the “radiation profile” of a given device with a case may be drastically different compared to the same device without a case, often dramatically increasing Specific Absorption Rate (SAR) and decreasing Total Radiated Power (TRP).
At Pong, we think that consumers deserve to know how their mobile device cases affect their exposure to unwanted radiation, which is why we filed a letter with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) asking it to “seek information on ways that the device testing guidelines can be improved to more accurately reflect predominant consumer behavior.” We think that test data should include the presence of a case, which would more accurately determine (among other things) “real SAR,” especially since most consumers use cases (as many as 85% according to many sources).
By making this information available, consumers can make informed decisions and be more proactive about their health.
We will continue to update you on the status of our filing. In the meantime, if you’re not using a Pong case, you should know that typical cell phone cases can actually weaken the device’s signal and make the device work harder and use more power as it struggles to communicate with the cell tower. This can increase the radiation exposure to the user, as well as shorten the battery life.
In the event that Pong technology is not available for your particular mobile device, Pong recommends the following precautions to help protect yourself and your loved ones from unnecessary cell phone radiation exposure:
- Follow the phone manufacturer’s warnings found in your owner’s manual and avoid using or carrying your cell phone against your head or body at all times.
- Follow Federal Trade Commission (FTC) advice to avoid using products on your cell phone that claim to “shield” cell phone emissions, because they may interfere with the phone’s signal. This may cause it to draw even more power and possibly emit more radiation. (Pong does not shield radiation. Instead it redirects and redistributes radiation, to reduce your exposure.)
- Do not use a cell phone case unless it has been proven not to increase SAR or weaken your cell phone signal. Many standard cases can weaken the cell phone’s signal, shorten battery life, or increase radiation emissions.
- Children should only use cell phones for emergencies. Cell phone radiation penetrates a child’s brain more deeply than an adult brain.
- Whenever possible, text rather than talk. If a call must be made, use the speakerphone or a wired headset.
- Limit the length of your cell phone conversations. Use a corded landline phone if available. Do not use a cordless phone for long conversations.
- Switch sides regularly during a cell phone call to reduce radiation exposure to one side of your head.
- Avoid using your cell phone when the signal is weak or when moving at high speed, such as in a car or train. These scenarios can increase the transmit power of the phone in an attempt to connect to the nearest cell tower.
- When making a call, wait for the call to connect before placing the phone next to the ear. The phone emits the most intense radiation during the initial connection, then lowers its power once a connection is established.
- Turn your cell phone off or put it in airplane mode when not in use. If you must leave your cell phone on at night, keep your cell phone away from your head and body while you are sleeping. Your phone continues to emit radiation even when you are not making a call.
At Pong, we care about protecting cell phones, but we care more about protecting people. We take mobile radiation seriously, which is why we not only design cases that protect people, but we also consider ourselves to be scientific advocates for health and well-being.