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Long term effects of mobile phone technology

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by Gob, 24 Apr 2010.

  1. Gob

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    Today I was sent a letter from my mobile phone provider (O2) inviting me to participate in a health study examaning the effects of prolonged usage of mobile phones on people. The study itself focuses on the measurable effects it has over years i.e. 10-20 years, so I would be called back yearly or multiple times a year (the exact details weren't stated as it was only a couple of pages and a leaflet in size).

    Anyone else been asked to volunteer for this?

    I must admit it does worry me how the providers are only now creating a study of this kind after years of them stating how safe mobile phone technology is.

    On the upside I will be compensated for my time, i'll be entered into a prize draw with the possibility of winning a £25 gift voucher[sarcasm]... Yay![/sarcasm]
     
  2. mame

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    I haven't heard this one for a few years
     
  3. z0mbi3

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    Are you sure it's O2 and not some scam?
     
  4. Rroff

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    I got 2 of these today, one "from" O2 and the other more plainly showing some university or other (can't remember what as I immediatly binned them both when I realised it was a survey) I think the second one was from my other provider (vodafone) but less prominently displaying the phone company's name.

    EDIT: Its actually for imperial college london. I have the same thing from O2 and vodafone.
     
    Last edited: 24 Apr 2010
  5. GravyMonster

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    Join our study and we'll give you a £25 voucher!*






    *and brain cancer
     
  6. buckeejit

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    yup, got a letter from 02 today with a leaflet from some college but found it uninteresting so I chucked it in the bin.
     
  7. sanaxe1

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    Randy: Just gonna get a little bit of cancer, Stan, tell mom it's okay.
     
  8. mame

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    [​IMG]
     
  9. joeyjojo

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    Sounds good.

    A very relevant bit of research.
     
  10. Richie

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  11. Dr.EM

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    Vaguely related, I can't believe the supposed call timer on my phone. I've had it a few years admittedly but my calls tend to be a few seconds and very infrequent, by far mostly use text. How on earth have I spent 8hours 24minutes on it!?
     
  12. paradigm

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    Is that it?
     
  13. DAnDan

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    Got to agree with Paradigm here, that's very minimal usage, I won't work out what it comes out to per day, but I'm sure it's a tiny amount. I'm sure I could rack up that amount of time in an average week.
     
  14. Dr.EM

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    Trust me, I was shocked! All I ever remember is a few calls along the lines of "I'll be there soon" or "I'm there", I am extremely breif as I am still on pay as you go! 3hours 9minutes of it is outgoing too! I've not made any long calls ever on my own credit, a minute at most :D
     
  15. Taziir

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    My head always feels hot after a mobile call of any length along with a mild migraine, so I've never become a fan of the things. Because of this and until research is completed and published I refuse to use my mobile for more than a minute or two if I can possibly avoid it.

    It helps that I have a fixed line for work and only call my wife on the mobile. She is fixated on mobile costs so our calls tend to be pretty quick - no contracts for us and no migraines!
     
  16. paradigm

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    Fortunately for me, 9/10 calls are made through the bluetooth kit in the car. Still, I'm looking more like 8rs a week.

    Not fussed about the cost either, as work pay for my personal calls as well as business ones.
     
  17. joeyjojo

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    Don't forget most pay as you go will charge you not per second but per minute, rounded UP to the nearest minute. You can talk for a whole minute for the same price as a few seconds.
    (I think)
     
  18. No-One

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    I got the same letter through vodafone today. Just like yours, went straight in the bin
     
  19. PardonTheWait

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    We're not all as important as you though.
     
  20. asim18

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    A few years?!!

    I've had my phone for a few months and my total call time is about 8 hours!