November 22, 2006

Wi–Fi – The New Mobile Phone?

We’ve been here before. For years people have been complaining that mobile phone masts have been making them ill. We’ve even heard it from people who live near overhead power lines. But now there’s a new way of killing us wirelessly.

Wi-Fi.

According to The Times several schools have been dismantling their wireless networks over fears that schoolchildren may be becoming ill because of them. Some of the testimony from children and teachers is quite damning:

“I felt a steadily widening range of unpleasant effects whenever I was in the classroom,” he said. “First came a thick headache, then pains throughout the body, sudden flushes, pressure behind the eyes, sudden skin pains and burning sensations, along with bouts of nausea. Over the weekend, away from the classroom, I felt completely normal.”

Today’s letters page in the paper features more complaints from people worried about the health risks.

This news is even more worrying because of plans to create Wi-Fi bubbles (also known as Wi-Max) which cover entire cities in a cloud of wireless. If the health claims are well-founded, this news could well scupper these plans.


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  1. Mobile phone repairs

    Most of us (myself included) have several wireless devices at home. If you consider that your wireless router, cordless phone and possibly wireless video sender to name a few are all pumping out microwave radio signals – however weak they may be, it raises the question are we slowly cooking ourselves?

    Add to the mix the recent ‘idea’ from O2 to place a mini GSM transmitter in our homes in an attempt to offer voice-over-ip telephony to your mobile hanset via your internet connection, it won’t be long until we’re all wearing lead-lined clothes!

    04 Dec 2006, 11:57


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