After my post on Wednesday, I got a few questions/responses about the Moshi Moshi handset, and thought it would be helpful to post about it. Let’s be honest: we all have a cell phone…even my grandmother has one! And if you’re anything like me, chances are it has developed into a borderline necessity. Hands up if you’re guilty of switching on your handset even before your flight has completely landed, or whether it’s the first thing you look at in the morning.
While several studies seem to corroborate that basically everything can be linked to cancer and other illnesses, those based on cell phone radiation are a bit more plausible.
“[Cell phone radiation is like] what happens to food in microwaves, essentially cooking the brain,”- Dr. Keith Black, chairman of neurology at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles
Whether these effects are true, I would rather be safe than sorry…which is why I bought the Moshi Moshi. Other than look super retro, it’s a device that can be plugged into cell phones or PCs/laptops for internet calls. As it plugs into a 3.5mm audio jack, it’s compatible with a majority of cell phones. After buying it, here’s my take:
- Great sound: With the exception of a few calls, the sound has overall been as good as if I were using the handset alone
- As my handset is not rubbing against my brain, it reduces up to 96% of cell phone radiation exposure
- Feels more natural than talking into a headset
- Can be tucked between my shoulder and ear and enables hands-free operation/continued handset use during a call
The only con that I can think of is that some might find it annoying to carry around. Personally, the size of my day-to-day handbags probably gives Mary Poppins a run for her money, so I can just shove it in when I am not using my phone. As for the times when I am carrying a clutch (e.g. during nights out), chances are my phone calls won’t last over 2-3 minutes.
For 129 dirhams (~£22/$30), I am more than happy with my purchase. I still sleep next to my cell phone and I sometimes forget to plug in my Moshi Moshi, but overall some precaution beats none. If brain cells could speak, I’m sure mine would be thanking me ! And while it’s a great solution to reduce cell phone radiation, there are other ways to reduce exposure too:
- Avoid using your handset when signal is weak: the fewer the bars, the stronger the radiation.
- Hold phone away from your body: even storing it in your shirt/jeans pocket is harmful as soft tissues absorb radiation.
- Text/BBM/Whatsapp: Phones use less power (=less radiation) to send text than voice. Messaging also keeps radiation away from your head.
- Save longer conversations for wired/cordless phones.
- Alternate which ear you listen to the cell phone with to halve the radiation to each side of your head.
- Switch your phone on to airplane mode if you keep it by your bed for the alarm. Otherwise keep it away from your bed.