Cell Phones – Devices That Enable Communication Or Devices That Stop Communication Forever?

The purpose of this article is to caution all readers about mobile phones or cell phones and other handheld devices such as iPods, remote controls and cordless telephones. I write this article from my own personal experience of a tragedy that affected me bitterly.

He became Unreachable

It happened over a year ago. My friend Jacques was then holding a high-ranking managerial job in a world-renowned advertising company. He had just returned from a trip to Singapore where he was awarded several prizes for his unique advertisements and creative work. I did not notice anything the day I went to receive him at Charles de Gaulle. We, his mother, his wife, Marie, and myself, were probably too busy congratulating him to see that anything was wrong. I remember we even took him out to lunch at his favorite restaurant. The day after, he attended office as usual. That evening Jacques came back and asked his wife if she noticed any remarkable or peculiar change on his face. Upon careful scrutiny, Marie found that his face had become suddenly angular, skewed. She grew alarmed and immediately called up his mother at her home on Rue de la Neva and me at Avenue Matignon. We rushed to Jacques’s place near the Bastille and observed, for the first time, the perceptible change that had taken place in his face. Apparently, his colleagues at office were the first to spot the alteration that made Jacques’s face appear slanted.

We took Jacques to a doctor right away. The doctor recommended a brain scan. Initially, we were taken aback by the necessity of the brain scan but the doctor assured us that it was just a routine matter, that he wanted to eliminate some diseases. When I asked the doctor the possible reason why Jacques’s face had become crooked, he said that it was perhaps due to a muscular problem that could be cured easily with facial exercises and physiotherapy. This assuaged our fears by a great deal. Jacques spent the rest of the evening playing with his kids. The very next day, Jacques drove us all in his Peugeot to the hospital for his scan. The nurse had said that it would be a matter of forty-five minutes. Jacques intended to drive to office after the scan. His mother, his wife and I would take cabs to our respective offices too. We waited outside the MRI room and occupied ourselves in diverse ways. I went through the newspapers while Marie enlightened his mother on how naughty the kids had become of late. When Jacques was not still out of the scan room after an hour had slipped by, I went up and knocked on the sliding door. The nurse and the doctor both emerged with somber faces. What followed left us completely shocked and shattered. The scan showed that Jacques had five tumors in his brain and that all five were malignant. Worse still, they could not be operated upon and removed as they were housed in the most delicate parts of the cerebrum and cerebellum.

Needless to say, we consulted circa a hundred doctors. Yes, almost a hundred doctors and no less. Jacques was a young man of thirty-seven with a wife and two children. It was imperative that he lived. He wanted very badly to live. I remember his pathetic face with tears streaming down his cheeks, inconsolable every time he visited an oncologist or an onco-surgeon who further dashed his hopes of surviving. If a tumor can be expunged by operation, there is nothing like it. But the problem with Jacques’s tumors was that they could not be obliterated that way. All the surgeons kept explaining to us that if they run their scalpels through Jacques’s brain or try to extirpate the tumors using laser or other beams, he would end up becoming a vegetable as the tumors were located in vital parts and removing them would mean removing the vital parts such as the parts responsible for remembering, thinking, seeing, reasoning, etc.

I cannot get over those months though they were not very many in number. Jacques was suffering from brain cancer that had reached an advanced stage from which there was no hope of recovering whatever. His mother was devastated. Marie took leave from her work to be with Jacques for most of the time. The strange thing about brain cancer and about any cancer is that the disease spreads without giving the patient any warning. The doctors and surgeons had told us that Jacques’s five tumors had developed over some years prior to the diagnosis and that had his disease been discovered at an earlier stage, he would probably have stood some chance of recovery as the tumors when small could have been excised without causing any major damage to his brain. When the warning came, however, it was already too late and metastasis had set in. Within days of the discovery, Jacques was paralyzed, unable to walk as the tumors hindered the normal motor functions of the brain. Gradually, his speech and vision too got impaired. Jacques was soon slipping in and out of consciousness. The pain was excruciating and Jacques was practically living on painkillers and sedatives and food injected through the intravenous. We thought of chemotherapy as a last-ditch effort to make him stay alive for a few more months but the doctors told us not to go for it as it would be useless harassment for a bed-ridden and terminally ill patient who needed rest and sleep above everything else in his last days. He died within four months of the scan and of being diagnosed with brain carcinoma.

Cell Phones or Mobile Phones are the Culprit

All the doctors told us that the widespread use of cell phones and wireless technology is to be cited as the single most important reason for the increased incidence of brain cancer among people. Cell phones or mobile phones and other handheld devices, which are very popular nowadays, function with the help of electromagnetic radiation. When you talk to someone on a cell phone, these rays pass through your brain. Even when you are listening to music with the help of an iPod, some rays are cutting across your brain. Cordless telephones also have the same effects. So, the more a person talks on the mobile phone and uses handheld devices, the more susceptible he or she is to brain cancer, malignant gliomas, and acoustic neuromas. Moreover, research findings show that there is a greater chance of cancer occurring in those parts of the brain next to the ear in which a person places his or her cell phone, iPod or other device. Jacques used to be on his cell phone almost 24/7. Talking to overseas clients, to his family and friends when he was out of Paris, to his coworkers and teammates across continents. He would keep his cell phone switched on throughout the night and take it to bed with him so that he could talk to clients abroad as soon as they rang up.

Wireless Technology Can Create a Mesh of Problems

Some experts even claim that talking on the cell phone is far more hazardous than smoking because:

• cell phone usage is bound to lead to the onset of cancer whereas smoking may or may not cause cancer. (However, this claim has been widely disputed as some research findings have supported it while other findings have negated it. Some scientists maintain that they have not yet found any direct relationship between cell phone usage and brain cancer. They have also said that such relationships may be discovered after prolonged cell phone usage and hence the link between cell phone usage and cancer cannot be totally ruled out.)

• practically all of us use mobile phones or cell phones while very few of us smoke. If you compare the number of smokers in the world to the number of cell phone users, the number of smokers will seem minuscule.

Additionally, devices operated by wireless technology can also affect cognitive abilities adversely – which means they can harm reasoning and response processes in humans and cause humans to respond to situations and problems at a slower rate. Research also indicates that continuous exposure to electromagnetic radiation from mobile phones or cell phones also causes fatigue, insomnia, headaches, giddiness, a decrease in concentration power, a loss of memory, an increase in the pulse rate and indigestion.

Studies show that people dwelling near mobile towers and base stations are at greater risk as they are encompassed by radiation from top to toe, all the time. People living in close proximity to GSM cell towers have often complained of tiredness, sleeping disorders, and loss of memory. The number of complaints has skyrocketed over the last couple of years forcing governments to formulate restrictions regarding the locations of GSM cell towers. While most developed nations have regulations in place that proscribe the location of a cell tower in the vicinity of a residential neighborhood or a school, underdeveloped nations have no such restrictions in place to safeguard their populations from the damaging effects of radiations from such base stations.

The Cancer Has Spread Too Far

So what should the world leaders do? Impose an embargo on the use of mobile phones, cell phones and wireless technology? That may be advisable but is not feasible. We are too deeply entrenched in mobile phone technology to call for and implement such prohibitions. I tried not to use my cell phone after my friend’s death. Every time, I was out of France, I would call up my mother, colleagues and friends long-distance through the traditional hotel telephone. But after a while, it became a nuisance. I could not wait to check into a hotel or walk to a public telephone booth to place a call to my mother, my colleagues and friends. I have become totally dependent on and a slave to my cell phone. Modern cell phones are such handy devices that you cannot do without them. And they are getting more and more sophisticated and snazzy by the day. What with video, audio, chatting, email, Internet, gaming, and even video conferencing facilities integrated into a mobile phone, the cell phone has become almost as essential as food and water! And that is the most frightening aspect of mobile phones and cell phones!

The only thing that we can hope for is that mobile phone and cell phone manufacturers devise safer modes of communication, i.e. they make phones that are biologically compatible. I cannot say that they are not trying. Many of the cell phone giants are sincerely endeavoring to bring out phones that are state-of-the-art and pose no risk whatsoever to the human brain and body. But it will be some time before such phones are available to common people at affordable prices. What will happen in the meantime is ghastly and something that I would not like to think or talk about.

The Flip Side of a Hi-Tech World

In today’s world, technology is the yardstick of progress. The more technology-savvy the world is, the more advanced it is. At least that is what some people believe and would like to have others believe. But is technology the real measure of progress? Granted, technology makes us smarter, faster, and more competent. But the rapid development of technology has also spawned crimes that are peculiar to this new age, crimes that even law enforcement agencies are struggling to understand. While technology facilitates better surveillance of criminals, it also aids and abets criminals to get around the law. Technology is a two-edged sword, the full and final ramifications of which are not completely known to us.

Technology has changed the pace of life dramatically. It has helped turn the world into a global village. However, the current hysteria and media-hype over technology is uncalled for. The media has a serious responsibility to play. It should educate the masses about the ill-effects of technology too. Medical experts have been clamoring and shouting themselves hoarse about the negative effects of cell phones for a long time but their persistent warnings have been drowned in a sea of media eulogies for cell phones, which the media call ‘smart phones’. Some doctors who are oncologists, onco-surgeons, neurologists and neurosurgeons have confessed to me that they have tried to throw out their cell phones from their windows, as they are the people who understand the malignant effects of cell phone radiations, better than others do. But they have failed in their essays and have gone back to using mobile phones and cell phones. This revelation was the next most staggering thing to me after my friend’s death. Doctors and surgeons who are fully conscious of the detrimental effects of cell phones cannot give up using cell phones!

Let Us Communicate for the Maximum Possible Time

We need to make a concerted effort in order to clamp down on cell phones and mobile phones, to put sufficient pressure on mobile phone and cell phone manufacturers to invent new, bio-friendly, and brain-friendly cell phones. I am not blaming cell phone companies outright. But what they need to do is to rethink. Individual essays to curb cell phone usage have proved to be futile and will continue to be fruitless because the gadget has become a part and parcel of our lives. Just as we started using the cell phone because our friends and neighbors were using it, we will stop using it if our friends and neighbors stop using it. While cell phone companies need to mull over how they can give their products more credence by making them less harmful, we need to unite in our attempt to fight untimely deaths due to the cell phone. Also, scientists should try to find ways and means of combating this terrible disease because brain cancer is one of the few cancers and diseases that is fatal straightaway.

I understand if you still do not agree with me. But if you lost a best friend or a near and dear one like I did, I am sure you would appreciate what I am trying to say. The radiation from cell phones is cancerous in nature though some studies continue to contradict this fact and if we are constantly exposed to it, we make ourselves vulnerable and prone to the dreaded disease. Mobile phones, cell phones and handheld devices are about the only gadgets that we should stop using because neither televisions and stereos nor PCs, laptops, and digital cameras have ever proved to be harmful, at least from a cancer-causing radiation point of view. This article does not exhort you to go back to the medieval ages, to give up technology or to bring to a halt the steady forward march of civilization. It only adjures you to stop using only those gadgets that have the potential to harm you physically. The mobile phone or cell phone is a Frankenstein that destroys the very brain that creates it. Let us banish this Frankenstein from our lives forever.

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The Cell Phone Addict: America’s Number 1 Problem

Perhaps several decades into the future, something will be written about this period of time indicating Cellular Phones were the start of the Great Society Revolution. It probably all started a few years back when Ross Perot was running for President and many of our fellow Americans felt he might actually be a good president. Cellular Phones were the cause of this.

You see, it is my belief those people who voted for Ross Perot in fact were also heavy users of Cellular Phones. They would hold the phone to the right ear near the part of the brain that is responsible for rational thinking, destroying some of the brain cells involved in the process. This rendered these people helplessly and hopelessly without rationality. It is with this in mind, I can actually declare Cellular Phones as the #1 problem with our society and it has become America’s #1 Addiction problem. What has happened to us? Cell phones are now apart of our life and many of us can’t live without it. We are cell phone junkies. If you have ever lost your cell phone, you know what I mean. You are lost. The phone however is OK.

Cellular phones: A Social Disease

I was in a restaurant last week, and a cell phone started to ring. All of a sudden like timed robots everyone’s hands went for their purse, pocket or belt and immediately raised their cell phone to answer the call. Others searched in a panic as they found out the number one communicating device might be missing. Even more remarkable, most decided to answer their phone anyway even though it was not ringing. It was like a bad lotto, where only one person won the prize. Most were disappointed to find the call wasn’t theirs. One person did get the call, and all of the people in the restaurant applauded. “Congratulations they said, all shouting with glee, maybe next time…it will be me! ”

Cell phones have different rings. Some cell phones allow the user to choose from 150 different opera sonatas written by the great composers of our time, like Beethoven or Bach. Ask those users to name one of them. They can’t. As a matter of fact, when they select one of these classic pieces as the ‘Ring’ sound, it is always something they heard at one of the Bugs Bunny cartoons. Maybe that classic from the “Rabbit of Seville”.

Some even are practicing for the game show “Name that Tune”. You know, that’s where the contestants say they can name a tune in 6 notes and they play the six notes. If the contestant guesses the name of the melody, we have a winner! So there you go, flipping through all of the 150 tunes, never hearing the entire song. It’s like listening to a band tune up. With so many tunes to choose from why is it most people end up having the same tune? That’s why they all answer the phone at the same time when the are in a restaurant. Well, not exactly. Some answer their phone because they forgot which one they used as their ringing sound. So they pick up their phone just to be sure.

Some cell phones come equipped with games. People actually play them…by themselves. There is nothing spectacular about them as they are reinvented ‘Pong’ games of the late 70’s, early 80’s. So that’s where all of those Atari programmers went to! What is ridiculous is while you are playing these dimwit games, your battery is wearing down. Then, as you finally won the level 6 Guess the 3 Letter Word’ game, your cell phone rings. You answer it and as the person on the other line tells you that you have won a trip for two to Tahiti and $100,000, and you have ten seconds to answer the question: “What day of the week begins with the letter M “, your phone goes dead. Well at least you got to level 6 on the dimwitted Guess the 3 Letter Word game….

A friend of mine has a wireless telephone and he is in the scrap metal business. Everywhere he goes, he carries this cell phone and keeps it on. Who’s going to call him at 11:45 p.m. Saturday night? Some guy with a dozen aluminum cans to meltdown? I could understand if he was a brain surgeon or maybe a doctor on call, but a scrap metal dealer? He keeps his cell phone on because he is a Cell Phone Addict just like you and me.

Cell Phone Addicts Are Rude

It is amazing to see just how rude people are when it comes to cell phones. I remember the days when you would meet with someone and he would pick up a regular phone and say to his secretary “Hold all of my calls. I’m in a meeting”. It was only polite. Now, no one thinks twice about answering their cell phone in the middle of the conversation they are having with you. Obviously the person you were meeting with felt you weren’t as important as the other person on the line. In this Cell Phone world we live in, you get stopped in the middle of a sentence as the other person picks up the cell phone in one swooping motion and says ” Jack! Yea, nice game last month….Oh, I am not doing anything special at the moment…..sure I got a couple of hours to talk “…and you wait and wait and wait…..

I am tired of participating in other fellow cell phone addicts conversations. I was at Starbucks one morning ( I am also a coffee addict) when a lady came into the store still talking on her cell phone. In between her “Really. and you don’t say…”, she lifted the phone away from her mouth and ordered the Cafe Latt Grand Breve, Decaf. She proceeded to talk about her daughter and the troubles she is having adjusting to kindergarten. The people in the store actively participated in the conversation by saying things to her like ‘ get a life, will ya’ and ‘can you keep it down, I am trying to finish my conversation on my phone with the President of the United States!!!’. Even though we were all strangers, this person on the cell phone decided to share very personal information about her family and children. She was talking as if she was in her house. The next call was to her husband to make sure he takes out the garbage when he gets home, and the bank called saying they were late on their mortgage payments.

What about cell phones in movie theatres? They should be banned! Restaurants? They should be outlawed. At funerals? you should be ashamed of yourself! Do yourself a favor and turn that blasted cell phone off! You can live without it…just for a little while at least…

The Hazards of Cellular Telephone Usage

Cell phones are definitely a health hazard. This can be proven by simply placing your cell phone when it is transmitting near a TV screen, or the speakers at your computer. Even your radio in your car can pickup the microwave energy as it passes through the electrical wires. Birrrrrrrrrrrrrritatatatatatatatat. It’s the same sound that comes from your microwave oven. The cellular phone companies won’t admit the possibility that cell phones can damage your brain cells because to do so would put them out of business and in line for a tremendous amount of lawsuits. They even tried to change the name of the cell phone to ‘Wireless Telephones’ so you wouldn’t think of ‘Cell’ as in ‘Brain Cells’. You see they had learnt the lesson from the cigarette companies: You don’t admit anything!

Scientists tell you to use an ear piece and move the phone to your belt clip. This protects you from damaging any brain cells. The belt clip is located at hip level right where other organs are, such as the liver, stomach, kidneys, pancreas, spleen, intestines to name a few. As a matter of fact, they are not worried about frying these parts. They believe like many, cellular phones are the only true method of long-term Birth Control, given it’s proximity on the belt clip ( If you didn’t understand this one, your cell phone is too close to your right ear).

The Mystery of Cellular Telephone Communication

It is interesting how little knowledge people have when it comes to cell phones. My company ( a cell phone signal enhancement and jamming company:) ) gets calls from someone wanting to use his cell phone when the nearest tower is more than 100 miles away. Did you know you can only broadcast a short distance? That’s why they have cell towers set up all over the place. That is also why you only have a puny cell phone with puny batteries putting out only 3/5 of a watt. What?In order for your phone to broadcast 100 miles you need to have your cell phone connected to a diesel generator cranking away while all the animals around you get fried from the 100,000 watts of energy that you need to deliver your voice to the caller at the other end. “Can you hear me now?” you say as the cellular company drops your call again…. ( Note: Contrary to the claim by a popular cellular provide, I actually coined the phrase ” Can you hear me now?” when I first wrote an article in 2001)

To put it in proper perspective, the light at the end of a flashlight uses 10 times more energy (7 watts) then your cell phone. The average household light bulb use 60 watts which is 100 times more energy than your cell phone. The Microwave oven, which also uses microwaves just like the cellular telephone consumes 1000 watts which is 1670 times more energy than your little itty bitty wireless telephone.

So why would anyone think that their cell phone with the puny.6 watts of output could reach more than 100 miles, when for the most part they lose the signal? It’s the destroyed brain cells doing this, the Ross Perot syndrome.

Cellular Phone Manufacturers: Sub-Total Quality Management

Cell phone manufacturers do have a sense of humor. Take a look at that antenna they give you on most phones. It’s a piece of plastic similar to the fake cell phone that your 2 year old kid has. Come to think of it is exactly like the cell phone that your 2 year old kid has. The antenna does nothing. I know it’s a shocker, but the little piece of plastic lifted a few inches out of the plastic phone is useless. As a matter of fact, some companies have a series of phones with no plastic antenna to stick out. Now there is nothing to bite on when the cell phone company drops your call.

The people that manufacture cell phones all got our number right. What they do is produce a new model every two months that doesn’t even take the previous model’s batteries or accessories. What’s the deal here? It’s bad enough that cell phones can’t use “triple A”, “double A” batteries but the same company can’t even standardize them so that we don’t have to dip into our pockets every time some other feature comes out. Come to think of it, if my CD Player uses the same batteries as my Penlight flashlight, why can’t cellular manufactures use these batteries as well?

These wireless telephones are being produced in all kinds of sizes and varieties. Some are large some small and some are so small that I am afraid of swallowing it as I scream a the person at the other end of the call asking them “Can you hear me now!!!!?” The best are those ‘Flip Phones’ or as I like to refer them, Broken Flip Phones. Motorola invented them and just look at how bad that company is doing. They got the idea from Star Trek. You know…the communicator. But on Star Trek, the communicator also doubled as a Phaser. It’s tough enough to get your cell phone to work as a communicator. As an addict we demand better Cell Phones!

Cellular Phone Lack of Communication Companies

Cell phone companies are allowed to drive you crazy. I think it is part of the FCC licensing requirements. Cellular communication companies all allow you to dial a call, and then, while you are in the middle of a conversation, they disconnect. But the aggravating part is that it just doesn’t disconnect. Instead the signal moves in an out back and forth and makes you sound like your are in a toilet some of the time. (oh ya, cell phones should be banned from toilets also, it’s quite scary hearing a person talking to themselves in the stall beside you). This all happens while you keep repeating the magic Make My Phone Work Please phrase: ” Hello? Can you hear me now? “. Then to make things even worse you start walking around like a chicken pecking at corn kernels looking for that one spot where the signal will be stronger. I am sure you could swear that your cell phone works better at one particular spot in your house than in another. The question is: Why are you using your cell phone in your house? Use the land line phone. At least there is a copper wire connected and it doesn’t cost you money like a taxi in traffic!

Another nightmare is trying to figure out which cell phone company is offering the best possible plan. It is confusing and they do it on purpose! They offer you 600 prime time minutes and 600 nighttime minutes. Then, as a bonus for believing their spiel, they throw in 200 anytime minutes, and a calling card that you can’t use on Tuesdays. You can’t use the prime time minutes at night and the nighttime minutes during the day. Then they hit you with weekend minutes. Hey. Wait a Minute! All they are doing is finding a way to confuse you so they can rip off your precious time and money! How about those dropped call minutes or those “I can’t hear you… can you hear me ” minutes that you are paying for. Can we get credit for them and turn them into anytime minutes that you can use on weekends? I wonder if I can just have the last 10 minutes of any hour. What would they charge me for that? At least with the land line phone I knew where I stood. I want one of those companies to be honest enough to tell you that they can offer the cheapest plan for the same lousy service as anyone else. Just when you think you got the best plan, you get your first bill. The $40 a month plan is now costing you $70 and the $90 a month plan is costing you $120. How is this possible? Government. They take out a piece of you hide every chance they get. As much as 30% gets added to your bill as hidden franchise fees, county and state taxes. The disgusting thing about this is that Government is taxing your personal conversations. The more you talk the more they get..and some of us talk a lot. We are addicts!

Cellular Phone Addicts: A Road Hazard

Laws are being passed requiring any one that drives a car to use a hands free system so that their complete attention is focused on driving the car. The government is doing this because they have a sense of humor. They know just how stupid you look when you have this thing sticking out of your ear and your are talking while someone who just pulled up beside you at a light is looking your way. They see you talking to yourself. What is even funnier is that you actually go through the hand motions and head jerks just as if the person was sitting right beside you. You are still preoccupied with the telephone conversation and your hands free is just that. One hand on the wheel and the other making gestures. It probably would be better if the other hand was holding the phone…this way you wouldn’t look like such an idiot.

What really is ridiculous is that our government is talking about passing a law stopping people from using wireless phones in a car while they are driving. Why the sudden concern? It is because Cell Phones are popular and this is a fresh issue, making easy for politicians to deflect our attention from the real problem in South Florida: Bad Drivers. We still have people in this state with driver licenses that can’t see or can’t even drive. At our post office a person, with a valid Florida State drivers license, pressed the wrong pedal and accelerated their car over the sidewalk and into the glass store front injuring several people. It happens all the time. You don’t have to worry about people like this having a cell phone taking their attention away. What you need the government to do is pass a law that requires testing of everyone and taking those people that don’t know how to drive or, can’t see, off the road. In fact, give them each a cell phone. That way they can call a taxi, and our roads will be a safer place. After that happens, then tackle the ‘cell phone used by the driver’ problem.

So that’s what I feel about the cell phones and cell phone industry. It has developed all of us into dimwitted addicts that are part of the rude manner-less society fully controlled by cell phone batteries. I thought someday I would invent Cellular Tele-Pa-thetic Communication that might cure us of this addiction so that we can all go back to not talking to each other… face to face. We need to be cured! ” Do you hear me now?”

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Cell Phone Radiation: The REAL Issue and How to Reduce Radiation Levels Coming From Your Cell Phone

Recently, the WHO, the World Health Organization came out with a statement that Cell Phones may be hazardous to your health. They made this conclusion after they had a conference in which world scientists, doctors etc., examined the data from one study done in Sweden and concluded that despite all of the other years where they could not make a determination, this year they could.

Was this politically motivated, where the WHO, the organization that created the scare of h1n1 virus, SARs, and Mad Cow, actually needed some more limelight to become relevant or is this real possibility, that is, Cell Phones used for long periods of time can cause tumors in the brain?

In looking at the study, several key facts come out of it. Some of them are based on their assumptions and some as well that are based on logic.

Where is that danged antenna located?

A short time ago, cell phones had a small telescopic antenna that you could raise or lower. This migrated to small stub fixed antennas located at the top of your cell phone, and then off to what is now used predominantly which is a “Patch” antenna, a small wafer about 1″ x 1/2 ” in size placed behind the back cover of your phone ( not the batter cover). These patch antennas work almost as well as the telescopic ones, but inherently are not as efficient. This means that “Not all cell phones are created equal”. That is to say different cell phones produce different power levels.

More importantly there are cell phone that have their antenna located behind the ear piece of the cell phone, and others that are located behind the microphone, or mouth piece. There was no distinction made between these two cases. There should be. Close proximity to the area behind the ear and above, energy transmitted by the cell phone has a higher intensity than that transmitted by the antenna behind the mouth piece. For the signal to travel into the brain area, the signal must pass through the jawbone, the moisture of the mouth, and on to the brain. The energy of the cell phone at 5″ from the antenna we can be measured with the spectrum analyzers we have and it was 10 dB or ten times less than that of the energy directly at the ear.

iPhones for example have the antenna located surrounding the cell phone from the right side over the top to the left side. The energy is distributed among a path of approximately 6″. No study was done to determine whether the distribution of the energy over the 6″ was different than coming from a patch antenna 1″ x ” in size. Blackberry and most Androids have the antenna located in the bottom of the phone at the back. Again, the signal would have to travel through the phone and then through the jawbone. Similar with Motorola razors, the flip phones where the antenna is located near the mouth piece.

Certainly not all cell phones are created equal.

Cell Phone Output Power Levels

What was the energy level of the cell phone to start off with? That is an important point. If this was a European study, a cell phone can put out a maximum power of 2 watts. Here in the United States, in order to conserve energy, and “talk time” cell phones are designed to operate at lower levels, close to 1 mill watt in most cases. US cell phones have a maximum energy level of of a watt… 25% that of the European maximums. This was not taken into consideration.

What Standard Protocol did they test?

CDMA GSM or iDen? The three standards used in the United States, are infinitely different. CDMA phones normally operate at even lower powers levels than their GSM counterparts. The equipment of the CDMA in the USA is the UMTS in Europe or WCDMA. GSM operates channelized m and CDMA is spread over a greater area. Iden phones, famous for push to talk operate at much higher levels than the other two systems, because their towers are father apart forcing the phone to operate at higher levels. Up to 2 watts in some cases!

Other considerations.

Did they take into consideration other factors, like total amount of metal in the particular cell iPhone versus plastic? Several Nokia, Samsung and Sanyo phones have very little metal, but put out the same power as the Motorola counterparts. This is all very important in looking at the study.

Using Headsets versus the phone up against you ear.

Most news organizations are coming out indicting that the use of a Bluetooth headset is advisable compared to directly putting your cell phone up against your ear. They have no basis for this discussion. No test has ever been done on the effects of Bluetooth headsets on brain cancer!

Here is what they are not telling you: Bluetooth headsets operate a frequency of 2.4-2.5 GHz. Your microwave oven operates at a similar frequency. The headset puts out 2.5 mill watts of power, at a distance closer to your brain than the cell phone! Earpieces are inserted into the ear canal making them closer! The 2.5 mill watts of power is 2.5 times higher than the energy form the cell phone at normal conditions. How anyone can recommend going from a cell phone to a Bluetooth headset is beyond my understanding…unless of course you sell Bluetooth headsets.

DBars (DA-BARS)

The bars on the cell phone can be a good indicator of whether or not your phone is operating at full output power or at the levels that I describe, which are at 1 milliwatt…minimal power. First, the higher the energy that you receive from the tower, the closer the tower is to you and the less energy the cell phone has to put out to reach the tower. More bars on your phone = lower transmission levels of your phone. The power level of your phone transmitting to the tower is inversely proportional to the received signal from the tower. Da Bars! Can you trust the bars on your phone? 5 Bars is FULL? Only with some phones. Motorola we have always found to be truthful with their display of the bars. 3 bars means -75 dBm of downlink signal, and full bars, usually means -60 dB. Each bar on the Motorola phone represents 10 -20 times energy difference. Now, with Samsung, LG etc., they like to ‘juice’ those bars up. That means that 5 bars on their phone could still mean a lower signal coming form the tower and a high signal generated from your phone. In fact the carriers like giving those people that complain about signal levels on their phones the juiced up models…that way they can full you into thinking you got better signal! If you have 1 or two bars, you can be certain that your cell phone has to power up to full, most of the time. You also notice that the cell phones battery runs out quicker… because it is transmitting at full power!

So what can be done about lowering the energy level of the cell phone so that I minimize the risks, if any, associated with electromagnetic radiation exposure? What you need to do is get better downlink signals from the tower so that your phone does not have to power up as high. There are several ways to do this

1. Use an External Antenna

In some phones, there is a ” small plug located at the back either top or bottom…Behind this plug is a jack that connects directly to the antenna output of the cell phone. With an adapter connected to a cable plugged into this port, you can add an external antenna that can be placed at least 1 meter (3 feet) away from you. A few things happen as a result. The amount of energy you get from the external antenna at 3 feet is 1000 times less than that of the antenna of the cell phone when placed against you rear. As well, since this antenna is more efficient than the small one at the back of your cell phone, the phone is more efficient in transmitting and receiving the signal and therefore powers down to the lowest levels. In some cases this amounts to 10000 times less energy needed, increased talk time, and better reception of course no dropped calls. The Antenna can be stuck to the car window (we have suction cop antennas) to your window at your house as well. OR you can simply hold it at a distance or place it beside you. With the Magnetic mount antennas., placing it outside the car or home results in a doubling of the signal levels of the towers, and halving of the transmission energy of the cell phone.

2. Install a docking station.

We have two products on our side, one made by Dock N talk, and the other is Siemens Gigaset. These two products connect to your cell phone either wirelessly or via a cable to the data port. By placing the docking station near a window, say in your kitchen and attaching the cell phone to it, your signal level of the cell phone will be higher. More importantly, the cell phone when transmitting will be nowhere near you. That is because these two products connect the cell phone directly to the landline phone sin your home. When someone calls your cell number, the house phone rings. You pick it up, (even has caller ID) and you answer just like you would if the phone is up against your ear. AS well, you can dial out. The cell phone does not have to be next to you! It can be anywhere else in the house. The added benefit of course is that you can get rid of your landline entirely and use the cell phone only.

3. Adding a repeater system.

If you have at least 3 bars outside your home and 1-2 bars inside, you are a perfect candidate for Cell phone booster or Repeater. The reason the signal level is lower in your house than outside is because building materials absorb and reflect radio frequency signals. Our repeater system simply put bridges this resistance, and takes the signal from outside, amplifies it and transmits it inside. Similarly the signal from your phone gets amplified and sent to the tower. You install an antenna outdoors, run the cable inside to the amplifier and install a small indoor antenna. Turn it on and presto! 1 bar becomes 5, and as I said, the more bars you see on your phone the less signal is being transmitted.

Some may ask, but what about the energy coming from the repeater? Isn’t that a worry? Fact is because our antenna outside sees the tower… the amount of energy that is being picked up and amplifier is about the same as the output power of the cell phone. The difference is that the antenna of the repeater is located three or more feet from where you are. That means the signal level from the repeater is 1000 times or more less than that of your cell phone at your ear! No worries here! We have repeaters for small homes, offices, warehouse and even hospitals and hotels. The added benefit of course is not only do you reduce the radiation level of the cell phones, you increase talk time, get less dropped calls, and you are able to use your phone in more places than before.

4. How about the RAD sticker?

There are many products on the market that tell you that they will reduce the energy of the cell phone. Stickers placed at the back of your phone for instance are nothing more than a sham. Any metal placed near the antenna of a cell phone causes the cell phone to get less signal from the tower…and if you have been reading….forces your phone to power up at higher levels!

5. More Text Messaging less Phone Use.

Use text messaging more often. I always wonder in this world of progress, how we ended up back with text messaging. IF you are older, and remember the days of the pager, you would dial a phone number for a pager, and a signal would be sent, the pager would beep and the person would call his answering service. That migrated to being able to send the phone number to the pager of the party that wanted to be called, to being able to answer back to another pager by a small keyboard on the pager that you received it or sending a message. This migrated to being able to call someone using a cell phone rather than paging them. This migrated to paging them on a cell phone, then finally text messaging them instead of calling them. How the hell did we do a full 360 degree circle with technology that was supposed to move us forward?

Having said that, the best you can do, is use the technology sparingly. There is no reason to talk on a cell phone if you have a landline near you. AS well, you could do the good old fashion way of waiting until you get home to call your friend. What is so urgent? If the WHO is right, and maybe they are wrong, or maybe next year they will look at the facts, be pressured by the CTIA (organization that represents the carriers) and have their ruling about cell phones overturned. Perhaps even better….they will read my article, ask the people performing the study to study more… and maybe 50 years from now, we will get a different answer…. Cell Phones are healthy! They reduce your stress levels. Less stress = better health. Higher tower signals = lower cell phone transmission power = better health.

If you have any concern whatsoever regarding the use of the cell phone, you can abstain from using it of course. However, any and all of the solutions described above will certainly decrease the energy levels, reduce the risk of cancer if any, and provide you with decent coverage and less dropped calls.

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Practical Tips to Obtain Defendant Driver’s Cell Phone Records In Car Accident Injury Lawsuits

Background: using cell phones while driving is an inherently unsafe: Everyone knows now that it is unsafe to drink and drive, but the effects of cell phone use while driving are perhaps even more devastating, because the use of cell phones while driving is so wide-spread. According to the a National Safety Council fact sheet, drivers using cell phones account for nearly 25 percent of all motor vehicle crashes annually. In fact, research has shown that driving while using a cell phone is comparable to the devastating effects that alcohol causes to the motoring public. See, A Comparison of the Cell Phone Driver and the Drunk Driver, Human Factors, Vol. 48, No. 2, Summer 2006, pp. 381-391. Sadly, 81 percent of driver have admitted to using a cell phone while driving, according to the National Safety Council fact sheet.

In bringing your motions to compel cell phone records, it is important to bring the above-referenced documents to the attention of the judge hearing your motion. It is also crucial to let juries know of these dangers, because it will affect how the jury views the defendant’s conduct, even in cases where the defense admits to liability in a rear-end collision. It is not enough to stipulate to liability and let the defendant escape accountability to the jury for the despicable nature of using a cell phone while driving. If our firm finds out that the defendant was using a cell phone, we will attach a punitive damages cause of action to the complaint, alleging that doing so was despicable conduct within the meaning of Civil Code section 3294. If you have clear facts showing that there was cell phone usage, by all means, include a punitive damages allegation with the original complaint, so that you are not forced to make a motion to amend your complaint to allege punitive damages.

Don’t get timed out: It is important to recognize the key defense that the defendants possess and neutralize that defense immediately: timing. It can often take 6 months or more to get cell phone records from the time that you first notice the deposition duces tecum until you have the records in your hands. In most aspects of a personal injury case, the defense will try to stall and delay the case until it is time for trial, and discovery has closed, leaving the plaintiff with holes in her case. That is particularly true with cell phone records. The defendant will claim to have forgotten his cell phone number and the name of his cell phone carrier. He will claim to have lost his cell phone records. The cell phone carrier will throw up road blocks, too. In most cases, the judge won’t let you get the cell phone records from the carrier until you have demonstrated due diligence in getting the records from the defendant himself.

As you will see in this article and the associated subsequent articles, there is a long process for seeking these documents through written depositions, written discovery, meet-and-confer letters, amended responses by the defense, followed by more meet-and-confer letters, and ultimately, your motion to compel. If you don’t lay the foundation, or move too quickly, the discovery judge will deny your motion to compel. So be sure to build into your discovery plan ample time to go through the whole process. Compelling cell phone records is like baking a layer cake; you have to build it one layer at a time.

Also, keep in mind that if you want to amend your complaint to allege punitive damages, California Rules of Court, Rule 3.1324, will require you to demonstrate good cause why your motion was not brought earlier. Don’t hand the defense an easy escape due to lack of diligence in bringing the motion to amend the complaint to allege punitive damages pursuant to Civil Code section 3294.

Start your hunt right away: Look for indications of cell phone usage on the part of the defense very early on in the case. Start with the intake with your client. Include a question about cell phone usage on the part of both your client and the defense in your intake questionnaire.

If your client knows that the defendant was using their cell phone, your client will usually tell you, because by now most people are aware that using a cell phone while driving is despicable conduct, particularly if the defendant was not using the phone in a hands-free way. If you client does not mention cell phone usage, be sure to ask your client about cell phone usage in the same way that you would screen for drunk driving, because, as mentioned above, cell phones are the new drunk driving and can change the entire course of the litigation, as we will see. Insurers are willing to waive liability and settle early where their insureds were using their cell phones at the time of the collision in the same way that they do with drunk driving cases.

Sometimes clients will have seen the defendant on their cell phone a few minutes before the incident happened, for example, if they were passing the defendant and were later rear-ended by the defendant, so probe your client’s memory as to the first time that they saw the defendant, and think about if they saw any signs of the defendant using the cell phone.

After speaking with your client, think about other sources of information about the collision. Look at the police report, of course, to see if the reporting officer noted cell phone use. Contact all of the witnesses listed in the report to see if they noticed the defendant using a cell phone. Be sure to ask your clients and the witnesses if they saw the defendant appearing to speak to himself, because even hands-free driving is distracted driving, and the above-cited studies show that a driver’s response time is reduced even with hands-free usage. As if they saw the defendant gesturing while driving, because of course many people will gesture with their hands while on the phone.

Even if your client and the witnesses are unable to state that they saw direct evidence of cell phone usage, such as the defendant holding a cell phone to his ear or talking to no one while driving alone, it is possible to infer cell phone usage where the defendant has no logical story to explain their odd driving behavior. For example, if your client sees the vehicle coming up on them from behind and failing to slow down, your client might not have time to focus their gaze on the driver before impact, but the fact that the driver doesn’t slow down is a flag indicating that the driver was distracted. Weaving is of course another example of distracted driving, as is odd variations in speed. You will need all of these facts to persuade a discovery judge that there are some indicia of distracted driving before the judge will let you compel the defendant’s cell phone records.

File suit early: If you see flags indicated distracted driving, file suit immediately. You will need to begin the process of investigation through formal discovery immediately, because insurers are going to fight this discovery battle tooth and nail, as they are aware that the public is disgusted with distracted driving, and that distracted driving will open up their insured’s personal assets, creating a conflict. Of course, it is exactly this kind of conflict that you want to create for the purpose of leveraging a decent settlement for your client.

If you see flags indicating distracted driving, consider serving a deposition notice on the defendant 20 days after service is effected on them, pursuant to California Code of Civil Procedure section 2025.210(b) which provides in pertinent part as follows:

2025.210(b) The plaintiff may serve a deposition notice without leave of court on any date that is 20 days after the service of the summons on, or appearance by, any defendant. On motion with or without notice, the court, for good cause shown, may grant to a plaintiff leave to serve a deposition notice on an earlier date.

The prevailing wisdom is that you should serve form interrogatories by mail after receiving the defendant’s answer, but it is exactly that kind of supposed “common sense” that you want to avoid in these cases. You want to send the defense a signal that you are different, and they should not expect “the usual” from you in any aspect of this case. It also sends the defense a signal that you are not going to permit them to enjoy their primary defense tactic, that of stall and delay. This practice also gives you access to the defendant before the defense adjuster and defense attorney have had extra time to help the defendant formulate false testimony. In their haste to prepare an answer, the defense might not have time to screen the defendant for cell phone usage, and so the defendant might be unwary of the need to prevaricate about his cell phone usage.

After serving the complaint and summons, fax and mail the defense adjuster to let them know that service has been effected, and let them know that you expect a timely answer to the complaint. Then serve the deposition notice, and again fax and mail the defense with a letter saying that you expect the defendant to appear on the date noticed for the deposition. Make sure that you give yourself enough time to actually get the deposition notice served. Code of Civil Procedure section 2025.270(a) requires 10 days’ notice.

The defense attorney will likely phone you to say that there is a conflict in their schedule, but you should politely and persistently insist on an early deposition for the defendant. When the defense attorney asks what the rush is all about, tell them that it is the plaintiff’s job to move the ball, and that the defense should expect to see this pace continued all throughout the case. Do not, of course, talk about your interest in getting discovery of cell phone usage at this point. The defense will not understand why you are pushing the case so quickly, and it will make them start to question their assumptions about what is “normal” in a case, including their “usual” evaluation of the ultimate case value.

The purloined letter, hidden in plain view: You are going to want to include a duces tecum demand with your deposition notice. In that duces tecum demand, you are going to want to ask for cell phone records. Be sure to bury the request for the cell phone records in the middle of the demand somewhere, well after the usual request for photographs and statements of the plaintiff and witnesses, etc, unless you have alleged punitive damages in your complaint, in which case the cell phone usage will be front and center. Be sure to serve along with the deposition subpoena set of form interrogatories, a standard request for production of documents, a set of specially-prepared interrogatories, if that is needed in your case, and a request for admissions. All of these documents can be served any time that is 10 days after service of the summons on the defendant. See C.C.P. sections 2030.020, 2031.020, and 2033.020, respectively.

It is important to serve a standard set of requests for admissions, along with the deposition notice and the other documents. The requests for admissions should certainly ask the defendant to admit the facts of liability from your client’s perspective, and should ask them to admit the ultimate fact that the defendant is at fault for causing the collision. This is particularly true if the case is a rear-ender, because the defense attorney will oppose the motion to compel cell phone records on the basis of that the cell phones are not relevant in a rear-end collision. When the defendant denies liability in the request for admissions, as they inevitably will, you now have ammunition to show the discovery judge that liability is disputed, and therefore the cell phone records will go to the issue of fault.

Be thorough in deposing the defendant on how the collision happened: If you have spotted one of the flags of distracted driving, typically the defendant will not admit cell phone use. You will need to first lay the foundation for the erratic driving. Be sure to begin the deposition with a benign tone toward the deponent. Don’t clue them into the fact that you are going to press them later in the deposition, because they will become defensive, and they won’t give you the key facts that lay the foundation for the flags of distracted driving.

The defendant will typically admit that they rear-ended your client, if that is the case, but they will gloss over the facts leading up to the impact. You will definitely want to ask them when it was that they noticed that your client was stopped, and what they did to avoid the collision. You can ask them lead-in questions such as “it sounds like you were a bit distracted” or “it sounds like your attention drifted off of the road for a little bit.” Then, ask them if their windows in the car were rolled up or rolled down. Ask them if their radio was playing. Ask them if they had some trouble keeping their vehicle in their lane.

Then ask them if they were using their cell phone at the time of the collision. If they say no, ask them when the last time was that they used their cell phone before the collision. Ask them where they kept their cell phone. Was it attached to their belt? Was it in a purse or brief case? If there were other occupants in the defendants’ vehicle, be sure to set their depositions for a time immediately following the defendant’s deposition, so that the defendant will be clued into the fact that his fabrications might be contradicted by other sworn testimony.

Sample duces tecum demand in commercial driving cases: You can count on the defendant to be evasive in deposition. It is not uncommon for the defendant to say that they don’t remember their cell phone number or the name of their cell phone carrier! If that is the case, you will need to make sure that you have requested collision reports and bills of lading applicable to the shipment that the defendant was carrying, in case the driver’s cell phone number is there. Here is some language that would cover those items:

All written collision reports prepared by defendant Donald T. Driver pertaining to the subject collision.

All drivers’ time sheets, log books (regardless of form) involved in recording the subject tractor truck’s usage and mileage by all drivers in the 72 hours prior to the subject collision.

Don’t assume that the defense attorney will object to the collision report prepared by the driver. It might be that the defense attorney will need to use the collision report to refresh the recollection of the driver, and so might give up the collision report, rather than argue that it was an attorney-client communication prepared by the driver for the insurance adjuster to prepare for litigation.

Sample language for special interrogatories seeking the defendants’ cell phone info: If the defendant claims in deposition to have forgotten their cell phone number or the name of their carrier, you will need to serve specially-prepared interrogatories to elicit that information. Here are some sample questions:

State the name of all mobile telephone carriers used by defendant Donald T. Driver on the date of the subject incident which is the subject of this lawsuit.

State the name of any mobile telephone carrier with whom defendant Donald T. Driver had a contract for mobile telephone service on the date of the subject which is the subject of this lawsuit.

State the mobile telephone number(s) of any mobile telephone(s) for which defendant Donald T. Driver had active service on the date of the subject incident.

State the name of the mobile telephone carrier providing service for each of the mobile telephone numbers for which defendant Donald T. Driver had active service on the date of the subject incident.

State the mobile telephone number(s) of any active mobile telephone(s) provided to defendant Donald T. Driver by his employer on the date of the subject incident.

State the name of the mobile telephone carrier providing service for each of the mobile telephone numbers provided to defendant Donald T. Driver by his employer on the date of the subject incident.

Was defendant Donald T. Driver using a mobile telephone for driving directions at the time of the subject collision?

Was defendant Donald T. Driver using a mobile telephone for voice communications at the time of the subject collision?

Was defendant Donald T. Driver using a mobile telephone for text communications at the time of the subject collision?

Was defendant Donald T. Driver using a mobile telephone for any purpose at the time of the subject collision?

When was the last time before the subject collision that defendant Donald T. Driver used a mobile telephone for any purpose?

IDENTIFY the last person that defendant Donald T. Driver spoke with by mobile telephone preceding the subject collision?

As used in these interrogatories, “IDENTIFY” means to provide the name, address, and a telephone number of the person to be identified.

Sample language requesting cell phone records: Below is an example of language that you can use in requesting cell phone records. Be sure to include questions that are both narrowly directed to the time of the collision, as well as questions that are broader, so that the defense won’t say that they don’t have records which are precisely that exact. Bear in mind that the defendant will typically say that they are not in the possession, custody, and control of the requested records. Your primary purpose in requesting these records is to demonstrate to the discovery judge that it will be necessary to compel the defendant to sign a release of records, because the defendant will, by that time, have answered these questions saying that they don’t have possession of the records. In most cases, the only custodian of the records will be the carriers, but you have to set up the defendant by asking these questions first.

Produce all contracts for the delivery of mobile telephony service entered into between defendant Donald T. Driver and any mobile telephony carrier which was in effect at the time of the subject collision.

Produce all contracts for the delivery of mobile telephony service entered into between defendant Donald T. Driver’s employer and any mobile telephony carrier which provided service for defendant Donald T. Driver’s use in effect at the time of the subject collision.

Produce any and all billing statements in the possession, custody or control of the responding defendants for mobile telephony service used by defendant Donald T. Driver for mobile telephony service which was in effect for the billing period which covered the date of service for May 1, 2008 [insert the date of your subject collision].

Produce any and all billing statements covering the period of 10:00 a.m. through 2:00 p.m. on the day of the subject collision for mobile telephony service used by defendant Donald T. Driver.

You are going to have to customize the language above to fit your case. If the collision happened at 12:00 noon, for example, you will want to go back to 10:00 a.m. and forward to 2:00 p.m. to make sure that you get the data for the subject call, in case the parties or the reporting police officer got the time of the collision a bit off.

Conclusion: It may be a long haul to get cell phone records in car accident litigation, start now: You can count on both the defendant and the defense attorney to fight tooth and nail to prevent you from getting your hands on the requested cell phone records. Start your hunt early, or you will find that you are right up against the discovery cut-off without your records, or without adequate time to amend your complaint to allege punitive damages.

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Cell Phones – Some Considerations of the Cell Phone of the Future

Cell phone technology has been moving forward at break neck speed, and sometimes we may not notice it, but think back to just a few years ago and you can see all the new feature integration and race in the marketplace – a race to “wow” consumers and get them to choose a specific device. But before we talk about the current trends in cell phones and smart phones, let’s discuss the past evolution of these devices.

Since, I had one of the first mobile “cell” phones – I’d like to tell you a quick story to start out this discussion.

My first cell phones were state-of-the-art at the time, but if you saw them today, you’d laugh. One of them I actually kept; a Mitsubishi Transportable. This phone is about the size of a six pack cooler that you might take to your child’s soccer game, and it was quite heavy, as I recall it is well over 10 pounds. This of course included the battery pack to power up to 3 Watt phone.

Remember that Ion-lithium batteries at the time were just coming off the assembly lines and were quite expensive – they did not exist in this size for anything but NASA and military usage. These original cell phones I had were nickel hydride powered, quite an inferior battery technology for modern cell phones.

The Mitsubishi Cell Phone has a strap on it so you can carry it like a purse, and I often felt really stupid carrying it, until of course it rang, and I unzipped the top, pulled out the handset on the phone and began talking. I can recall that everyone stared as if I was a secret CIA agent, was working for MI6, and my name wasn’t Lance, it was really James Bond. You see, at that time not very many people had the cell phones and they were very expensive.

Another one of my first phones was a Audiovox 1000 model, which was quite large and it was mounted in my car, a car phone – cell phone. The box that ran the Cell Phone was mounted under the seat, and there was a cradle that held the headset. The headset had a cord on it just like a phone at home, before the cordless phones that is. Under the seat the box was about 3 1/2 inches high and the size of a laptop with a 17.1 inch screen.

This Cell Phone or car cell phone was wired directly to the battery with a couple of fuses. When I turned on the vehicle, the Cell Phone would automatically turn on. If I turned off the vehicle, I had to leave it on accessory with the key in the right position, unless I left the phone on which by-passed the ignition. When the phone rang and actually honked the horn, which got me into trouble a couple of times when the horn went off while I was driving behind a police car stopped at an intersection. I have a lot of stories to tell you about all those early days with the first cell phones, and you may e-mail me if you are ever interested in such experiences.

Folks today take all this for granted, as they don’t realize how cumbersome the original cell phones were, or how stupid they were compared to modern day smart cell phones. Today they give you a free cell phone when you sign up for service – back then you had to pay $1000 for a car cell phone, and as much as a couple hundred dollars to have it installed. It was quite a procedure, if you have a stereo system, and an XM radio put in your car at the same time, that is about how much work it took to do this. Therefore, at today’s labor rates you could easily pay three or $400. That’s definitely something to think about.

If I was talking to someone on the phone while the engine was running, if I turned off the car and moved the key to the accessory position I would dump the phone call, as I cut it out during that transition. However, having a cell phone in my car helped me increase my business. At the time I was only 17 years old – I had an aircraft brokerage firm and aircraft finder’s service and I would work off of fees whenever an aircraft that I represented sold. I also had a small aircraft cleaning service and was able to contact customers from my vehicle on the flight line, and my crews could call me when they were done with the job as they would use the local payphone to call me.

Thus, this mobile technology allowed me to make more money, and remain more efficient than the competition. Remember at the time this was leading edge technology, it was state-of-the-art, and I had it – the competition did not. No longer was I stuck in an office, I could run my business from anywhere and it allowed me much freedom. Often people today do not realize what it was like before mobile cell phones. Anyone who is in business now over the age of 50 certainly realizes, because they remember a time when there were no cell phones.

This was a period in our nation’s history where there were pay phones in every shopping center, every gas station, outside of every fast food restaurant, and people used them all the time. Business People who didn’t smoke filled their ashtrays with coins so they can stop and use the pay phone. Thus, allowing them to call clients, customers, vendors, and maintain their operations in the office. When cell phones first came into play they displaced the old Motorola technology of push to talk phones, which worked off a mountaintop repeaters, these phones were very big in the military, construction industry, and all the executives with large corporations had them.

Since this was radio technology, they worked farther than the first cell phones which had to be within 10 to 15 miles of a cell tower. Today, the cell phones are less wattage than they were back then, so the average cell tower is 6 miles or less apart. Back then the cell phones worked off three Watts, and now with 3G technology the wattage is under 1 W. This is probably good for the human biosystem, as it is putting less microwave frequency radiation into your brain, there will be fewer brain tumors, brain cancer, and other issues. There have been many studies including several with the Swiss researchers which seemed to indicate that the 3 W phones were quite unacceptable for human health, and they would slowly cook your brain as one researcher said.

Luckily, for the cell phone industry they were able to bury most of these problems and objections, as well as the studies that the Swiss did. Although, there were studies here in the United States, you would be hard-pressed to find those research studies and data on brain tumors, brain cancer, and their relation to the cell phones that people used. In fact, if you go to Google Scholar today you will be hard-pressed to find anything that would suggest that the cell phones could cause such horrible conditions. This of course is all still up for debate, but we try not to talk about it.

Perhaps, by going to 3G wireless, and lower wattage the mobile cell phone industry dodged a bullet of huge class-action lawsuits, and we may never know the damage we had caused. Nevertheless, as we talk about Six Sigma efficiency in corporations, or using modern management techniques in small businesses, no one can deny that increasing communication speed and reliability is by far a factor in the increase productivity in the 80s and 90s due to cell phones.

At the time I was literally running 1000 to 1200 minutes per month and although that service was much cheaper than the other choices such as the Iridium Satellite Phones, non-cell phone mobile units, as they did not use cell towers, rather satellites – you can imagine the costs of the original cells. They did not have an unlimited plan and once over your minutes, you paid the premium for each minute on that cell phone, my bill was usually $500 to 800 or more.

The other mobile phones at the time were not cell tower-based phones, they were push-to-talk and came in a brief case – it was considered quite James Bond at the time. And this was back in the 1970s, and I remember this, because I started my business when I was 12 years old washing airplanes at the local airport. Many of the businessmen who owned corporate jets had these types of phones. They were basically for the rich and famous, and business person. They didn’t work everywhere and you had to have pretty much line of sight to the nearest tall mountain, and that mountain had to have a repeater on top of it, which was hardwired into telephone lines, and the rest of the system worked with ground lines.

All this is very interesting, and we must consider that many folks today have never been alive when there were no cell phones. They have no clue how hard it was to run a business back in the days when there really was no mobile communication. The same repeater systems on top of the mountains that Motorola owned or which used Motorola hardware, also controlled the pagers. These pager systems were quite popular with people on call, such as doctors, and service personnel. Two-way radios, which work basically the same as the two-way push to talk briefcase phones, were used through a dispatcher for companies very often.

Later, just as cell phones came into play, someone came up with the idea of 1.5 way and two-way pagers. Instead of a one-way pager, someone who had what they call an “alpha mate” device could page someone and ask them a question (using a text message) on that page and the recipient could press a button for yes or no, Y. or N. and that information would be relayed to the dispatcher. People actually got pretty good at communicating this way. And you could send text type messages for the user of the pager to read. In reality these were the first text type messages, so the concept of having a mobile device and using text messaging is not all that new.

Two-way text messaging via cell phones is merely a re-introduction of that similar technology. Once people had cell phones they didn’t need to use the text pagers anymore, and that technology was leapfrogged as the price of the cell phone services was lower, as competition increased between companies like Sprint and AT&T. There were many other regional smaller players, but they eventually got bought up by the big boys.

The cell phone industry grew so fast in the late 80s and early 90s, that eventually there was coverage everywhere. Then something really weird happened, the promise of 3G wireless came into play, and folks started switching to that new system. I can tell you this – my first cell phones were much more powerful and worked much better than the cell phones of today.

Occasionally, I had a call dropped and there were not as many service areas, yes there were more dead zones, but the signal was much more powerful because it was 3 W, and since it ran off my car battery or a large battery pack in a small carry case, it had ample power to maintain that strong signal.

Today, when I use my AT&T cell phone, I am often cursing because the service is so bad, I wonder why I am even paying for it. In fact, the loss of productivity from dead zones, and the cell phone calls dropping, I feel as if AT&T should be paying me. Apparently, I am not alone many people feel the same way. Nevertheless, the 4G wireless is on the way and everyone will be switching to that so that they will have Internet access allowing them to do e-mails, twitter, video, and real-time text messaging without the use of ground lines

A good many folks do not know of a time when there was no email or internet. And most people who are in business today, who are under 50 years old do not remember a time when we didn’t have fax machines, the reality is that fax machines came into play about the time of the first cell phones. Mind you, there was still no Internet, no e-mail, and although ARPANET was being used by the military, and by think tanks, research centers, and top universities, it wasn’t really available to the public in the way we have it now.

Fast forward to today and now no one goes anywhere without a cell phone. Social researchers have noted fewer people wearing wrist watches. They don’t need a wristwatch because that is a standard feature on all cell phones now. Of course, this doesn’t help companies like Rolex who are catering to the young up-and-coming BMW crowd, if you look around you will see that most young executives don’t even wear a watch and most of our younger generation doesn’t wear a watch either.

It seems that the wrist-watch replaced the pocket watch, and the cell phones seem to be replacing just about everything. These days people use their cell phone or smart phones to do their e-mails, and these same phones act like a PDA, no one carries day planners anymore, although a few people do, myself included perhaps out of habit from using a day planner from the time I was 12 years old in my business until I was in my mid-40s. Perhaps, I am giving away my age, but sometimes old habits die hard.

Today with many laptop notebooks, PDAs, and smart phones, it seems none of that other stuff is needed. Including your human memory say many psychologists, who argue that this technology is causing the human brain to rewire itself differently because there are different needs to get along in the world. After all, all your best friends are on the speed dial and you don’t have to remember phone numbers anymore. And all your contacts and information is on your smart phone, in your e-mail program, or on your laptop.

Cyber security analysts worry that if the system crashes or God forbid an electro-magnetic pulse, neutron bomb, or nuclear device is set off high in the atmosphere it could destroy all the electronic equipment, including all the cell towers, your laptop, your television, your refrigerator, and your smart phone. Where will you be then, and can you rely on your memory and the brain you are born with to carry on your daily endeavors – scary thinking, but perhaps we need to address this as we consider the evolution of cell phones.

Today, our cell phones have changed the entire dynamics of our society. There are unspoken etiquette issues of cell phone use in public. There are rules when we can use our cell phones and when we can’t. Issues such as driving with a cell phone and the number of auto deaths which occur while people are driving and talking on the phone at the same time. There have been major disasters caused by texting while driving a bus or conducting a train.

The reality is that as our technology has evolved, it is evolving much faster than the human brain can to take it all in. Due to the multitasking required in our society to get along and the high pace and productivity that jobs require, many brains cannot cope or adapt fast enough. And this seems to be a problem, if some people are not able to make the switch, but they attempt to, sometimes while driving with disastrous results.

Our smart phones are becoming super cell phones that have more and more features, such as the ability to store music like the iPod, and vast amounts of data like our electronic PDAs. These devices are getting more high-tech each and every year and they are feature rich. Many have five to ten gigabytes of information storage now. One recent study in the cell phone industry noted that 90% of the people who own cell phones have never used all the features, and do not know how to program them, or even that they exist on their cell phone. Most people don’t even care, they use the features they want and none of the others.

This is a common problem with new technologies, and it is something that happened with that Beta and VHS recorders. What’s that old joke, there are tons of features on your video recorder at home, but no one knows how to use them, and before we all learned that we need to learn to use these features, the VHS video recorder is out in the new DVDs are here. Now cable companies offer boxes which can record multiple shows so you can watch later or pause a live TV program while you go to the bathroom, or go to the kitchen to get something to eat. Some allow you to use your cell phone to do remote programming too.

These are all things common challenges which are encountered and similar problems with any new personal tech devices which become mass consumer products. Cell phones and our current smart phones are no exception. It’s hard to say the future what types of new features in our cell phones will have. The sky is the limit, and the imagination and demand for more features and greater technology is readily apparent. The early adopters of such cell phone and smart phone technologies are willing to spend big bucks to have all-in-one devices. Therefore, these trends will continue.

Just to give you an example of some of the crazy ideas people come up with for future smart phones let me tell you a little quick story.

Our on-line Think Tank came up with a plan to produce a PhD or Personal Health Device, which tracks your diet – on your cell phone. How it worked was quite simple, when you are at the grocery store, you would scan all the items that you bought, and they would go into storage inside your smart phone. Each time you ate one of those items you would simply select what you ate, and punch in the number of servings and you would calculate and keep track of your calories, fat content, and recommended daily allowances in the major five food groups.

The smart phone would have a scanner system on it, later subsequent versions of this smart phone and personal health device would be able to scan products via RFID tags. Your phone could tabulate and even recommend what you should eat, how many more miles you should jog, and what you would need to maintain your diet to meet your personal health goals, and weight loss program. Sounds crazy doesn’t it, yes, it does, but the venture capitalists like the idea. So too, do companies that produce high tech smart phones today, as everyone is looking to get a jump on the competition.

GPS systems by way of smart phones or cellular high-tech phones is quite possible (now available), and you don’t even need satellites to do it. If you are within the realm of several cell towers your location can be triangulated quite quickly, which pinpoints your exact location within 10 feet. Ah ha, you see the problem in this too; What about privacy you ask? That’s a good point and that is another issue that people are quite concerned about with all this new high-tech personal smart phone innovations.

Google Phone and social networking connections appear to be on horizon. That is to say, linking your smart phone with all of your social networking friends, but apparently Google got into a little bit of a problem and noted that many people are not ready for that just yet. In fact, many people who are friends on social networks and make connections, have no intention of ever meeting these people in real life, and therefore they aren’t really friends. And since you don’t really know anything about those connections or friends on your social networking site, the last thing you want them to do is know exactly where you are within 10 feet.

That should appear to be obvious, and in the future it may not be such a big deal, but people are still a little paranoid and they like to have their privacy. Meanwhile, we read more and more articles about social networking gone bad. That is to say people using social networks to stalk other people, and this also concerns parents who have teenagers, who use social networks on a daily basis, and some that use them on an hourly basis, and a good many who seem to be texting every few minutes.

One recent study of cell phone users was able to have a 93% predictability of where a person might be based on the patterns determined by their cell phone, and when it was connected to any given local cell tower. The study found that most people stay within 6 miles of their homes. These patterns of predictability are a reality in our society and how we operate as individuals – nevertheless this brings up all types of issues that have attracted the attention of the Electronic Freedom Foundation, and it also touches on the issue of privacy and paranoia, it catches people off guard.

Then there is the new trend with smart mobs using their smart phones, and having fun with and meeting up in various places all at the same time. Although these schemes are used for fun, entertainment, and socializing, these same types of smart mobs have the power to destabilize a society or civilization. Consider if you will the use of technology in Tiananmen Square – should governments be worried about your smart phone technology, or the future of 4G wireless cell phones? They probably should be concerned with it, especially if it is used by a foreign government to provide mass protests against what would be a normal stabile government.

In other words it has uses in warfare, the CIA, in bringing down corrupt regimes which are enemies to United States. But rest assured – the same thing could happen in the United States where perhaps a communist rogue nation state decided to have protests in the United States in our major cities on Mayday. It could easily happen especially with our own technology being used against us, due to all the interconnectivity that it offers.

Does this mean that our government has to find a way to turn off all the cell phones in case of something like this happening?
Do they need a device to turn off certain cell phones from the system, while leaving first responders cell phones activated for communication?
And what about hackers, which might be able to send out tens of thousands of bogus text messages, or call masses of people into a trap, or stage a riot?

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