Do Cell Phones Need Warnings?

Who knows? But now that manufacturers are providing radiation levels, buyers may beware

Any cell-phone shopper who walks into one of the 120 Metrocall stores across the U.S. these days should be ready for a shock. The clerk, instead of delivering a hard sell, will whip out a one-page health-and-safety bulletin that warns of the possible dangers of using a cell phone. The leaflet cautions parents who want phones for their children to consider pagers instead, to avoid exposing the youngsters to any risks. "We try not to take sides in the argument about cell-phone safety," says Mike Scanlon, Metrocall's senior vice president for marketing. "But at least we can make our customers aware...

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