What is the radiation level (SAR value) of your mobile phone?

The radiation level, also called the SAR value (specific absorption rate), is the unit of measurement for the quantity of electromagnetic energy that is absorbed by the body when using a cordless device (mobile, tablet, cordless phone, etc.). The maximum allowed radiation value in Europe is 2 Watt/kg.

You can find the SAR value for a particular device in our mobile phone catalogue. There are 5 categories:

  • A: for a SAR value smaller than 0.4 Watt/kg
  • B: for a SAR value of 0.4 Watt/kg or over, but under 0.8 Watt/kg
  • C: for a SAR value of 0.8 Watt/kg or over, but under 1.2 Watt/kg
  • D: for a SAR value of 1.2 Watt/kg or over, but under 1.6 Watt/kg
  • E: for a SAR value of 1.6 Watt/kg or over, but under or equal to 2 Watt/kg.

Note: the actual SAR value is usually lower than the maximum value indicated, as your mobile does not use more energy than is necessary to establish a connection with the network. To date, no link has been shown to exist between mobile devices and possible effects on health.

As a precautionary measure you can limit your children's exposure to electromagnetic waves by having them use an earpiece when making phone calls and opting for a phone with a low radiation value (e.g. one from category A or B), or by making calls only when coverage is good (e.g. when you are in the proximity of a transmission mast).