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5.8Ghz phones, less harmful than 2.4Ghz?

  1. Mar 19, 2008 #1
    I was wondering about these new cordless phones running at 5.8Ghz, are they more harmful than the old 2.4Ghz phones, considering their frequency is over twice as energetic? Maybe the 5.8Ghz, use less power (amplitude) I don't know, but another thought is that at least the 5.8Ghz frequency is further away from the water molecule resonances around ~2.4Ghz.

    Personally, I don't know what to think of the hoopla concerning phones and cancer or other ailments and I'd be curious to know what professional physicists think about this.
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  3. Mar 20, 2008 #2
    5.8Ghz is still a lot lower than the frequency of visible light ~10^15Hz, and people don't spend too much time worrying about light bulbs causing cancer. I am not so sure about exactly how they would cause cancer though - best ask a biochemist.
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