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UKE tested Fonek handset


2009-10-15

The President of UKE presents the results of tests on the Fonek A88 handset intended for children.

The Central Technical Test Laboratory (CLBT) of the Office of Electronic Communications has carried out tests on the Fonek A88 handset for children which is distributed by the Pragma company. Specific absorption rate (SAR) was measured, i.e. the rate at which energy is absorbed by the body when exposed to a radio frequency electromagnetic field coming from cellular phones.

It was found that under certain circumstances the handset reached the value of  0.6 W/kg, as declared by the manufacturer and distributor, however the maximum SAR level for this device reached 1.8 W/kg.

According to the European recommendations the SAR index may not exceed the value of 2.0 W/kg averaged over 10 g of tissue. Therefore the handset complies with European standards, although its SAR is higher than that of many other handsets for adults available on the market. In addition, some experts say that in case of children electromagnetic field should be three times weaker and should remain at the level of  0.6 W/kg.

The President of UKE, concerned by reported information about high SAR level of the FONEK A88, ordered the Central Technical Test Laboratory to test the device. The Pragma company had earlier obtained UKE's certificate for Fonek in the category "Safe Handset" for the period from 9 July 2009 until 9 July 2010. The handset complies with all requirements defined under the certification initiative. It is also the first GSM handset in Poland whose design and software were entirely inspired by child needs and skills. When granting the certificate UKE did not test the device in terms of SAR because only the devices that comply with the standards can be marketed in Poland. However, due to the fact that certified phones are intended for children, UKE decided to test the SAR limit for other devices whose manufacturers apply for the certificate. The results of tests will be disclosed to the public. Marketing devices that comply with the standards is legal, however we should strive for reducing the SAR for handsets intended for the youngest users.

The test was carried out from 14 to 23 September 2009. CLBT is accredited by Polskie Centrum Akredytacji (the Polish Accreditation Centre).

 

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