New SCARY App: RadGuard Aims to Minimize Your Exposure to Radiation Emitted from BlackBerry

RadGuard for BlackBerry
By Kevin Michaluk on 20 Aug 2009 12:21 pm EDT
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Seriously. This RadGuard app scares the sh!t out of me. Why? Because I pretty much have my BlackBerry (often more than one BlackBerry) with me 24/7, typically carrying it around not so far from my you know what. And the number of times I've fallen asleep with my BlackBerry on my chest or beside me just inches away from my head (which contains my brain) the last thing I want to think about are the things potentially happening to my body caused by radiation emitted from my trusted electronic companion. It's not typically my style, but with this argument/issue I'd rather remain as blissfully ignorant as possible. Enough with the drole... so what's RadGuard? Read on for the details:

RadGuard is a new exciting application based on a patent-pending technology which constantly monitors your BlackBerry's transmission level, and notifies you as soon as it goes above a certain safe threshold. This unique and innovative application, allows you to avoid or minimize phone usage during those periods of high radiation levels that usually go unnoticed. Health risks associated with mobile phone radiation are a growing concern these days; protect yourself and those around you with this must have solution!

1. The Problem - Radiation Health Risks
Mobile phones use electromagnetic radiation in the microwave range, which is believed to be harmful to human health in various ways. Numerous researches have been published in recent years studying the connection between growing mobile phone usage and the effects on the human body.

2. The Solution - RadGuard Protection
RadGuard provides notifications each time your phone radiation cross a certain safe threshold level, helping users identify those high risk periods that usually go unnoticed. Advising users to try and place their mobile phone far from their body until radiation level is lower again.

3. The Implementation - Profile Notifications
RadGuard provides high-radiation notifications. RadGuard notifications are integrated as part of the BlackBerry built-in Profiles application, allowing you to control notifications behavior according to the currently selected phone profile!

So RadGuard doesn't do anything magical or new age that actually reduces the radiation produced and emitted by your BlackBerry. Instead it just constantly lets you know your Berry could arguably be killing you and tries to intelligently limit your exposure time with it. If you want to give the app a try, you can jump over to the SBSH forum and learn more about the app and download a 12-day free trial. After that, it will cost you $5.95. I can't wait to see the comments to this one and the poll results. Is mobile radiation from your BlackBerry something you worry about? Would you use this app?

Topics: BlackBerry Apps

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New SCARY App: RadGuard Aims to Minimize Your Exposure to Radiation Emitted from BlackBerry

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Dumb than a fart app. Cant blame a guy for trying, although he may want to put a disclosure such as, "For Entertainment Purposes Only."

I'm honestly trying to understand how come you see this as such a dumb idea to try and limit phone usage at times that produce higher radiation level.

Is it because you simply don't believe that mobile phone radiation have any effect on the human body at all?

OK, so here is the article I remembered reading a while ago and was looking for.

http://bit.ly/Yguiz

This was published by Dr. Ronald Herbman, the head of a leading US cancer research institute, which should be the highest research authority at the US.

(This is not FoxNews and not some small publication.., this warning was the reason that more countries posted the same warnings a few weeks after he published this!)

As said by Dr. Ronald Herbman:

"We shouldn't wait for a definitive study to come out, but err on the side of being safe rather than sorry later,"

I will suggest taking good reading at this.

Here is the link to the top 10 suggestions how to use your mobile phone in a smarter way:

http://kdka.com/health/cell.phones.tips.2.777727.html

Notice warning number 8 which is exactly the purpose of RadGuard:

"8. Avoid using your cell phone when the signal is weak or when moving at high speed, such as in a car or train, as this automatically increases power to a maximum as the phone repeatedly attempts to connect to a new relay antenna."

Will be glad to hear more follow-up on this.

This would explain my ability to climb walls and shoot webbing from my hands as I fight crim.......crap I've said to much.

Love that, and I'd love to find a higher-res version, but I get no apparently relevant hits when googling "NEFF" as appears in the lower right-hand corner of the image.

I remembered seeing it a few years back and I googled it to find it again. I was in the same boat as you, looking for a high-res photo but to no avail. Sorry, man.

OK, so here is the article I remembered reading a while ago and was looking for.

http://bit.ly/Yguiz

This was published by Dr. Ronald Herbman, the head of a leading US cancer research institute, which should be the highest research authority at the US.

(This is not FoxNews and not some small publication.., this warning was the reason that more countries posted the same warnings a few weeks after he published this!)

As said by Dr. Ronald Herbman:

"We shouldn't wait for a definitive study to come out, but err on the side of being safe rather than sorry later,"

I will suggest taking good reading at this.

Here is the link to the top 10 suggestions how to use your mobile phone in a smarter way:

http://kdka.com/health/cell.phones.tips.2.777727.html

Notice warning number 8 which is exactly the purpose of RadGuard:

"8. Avoid using your cell phone when the signal is weak or when moving at high speed, such as in a car or train, as this automatically increases power to a maximum as the phone repeatedly attempts to connect to a new relay antenna."

Will be glad to hear more follow-up on this.

The hoopla is all nonsense. I serve on Submarines and there's the same concern....radiation this radiation that.

We literally wear miniature Rad counters that warn us of high radiation and these phones are ALWAYS near them....guess what NONE OF THEM HAVE EVER WENT OFF

EVER

You get more radiation from being outside with your shirt off on a clear day :)

/science fact

Not supporting the idea of harmful radiation coming out of a cell phone, but don't those rad counters only measure Gamma and possibly Beta radiation? Since Gamma is the one that kills you, and Beta I'm sure could kill you after a while. Also, what kind of sub? If it's nuclear, I'd be a little more worried about radiation..

As for the program, just another way to make money off of morons.

I am guessing by rad counter that he wears, he is talking about a Personal Dosimeter. Measures dose rate exposure over time to IONIZING radiation. They detect X-ray, Beta, and Gamma. Can be in the form of a monthly replacement (film), bimonthly or quarterly replacement (TLD or OSLD), a pocket ionization chamber, or an Electronic PRD device. You more then likely wont see alpha due to any shielding around the sensor (alpha is stopped my material about as thin as a sheet of paper)...

When you say radiation.. I am guessing you are talking about IONIZING RADIATION WAVES (X-ray and Gamma Ray)... Amazingly Alpha and Beta ARE NOT like x-ray and Gamma Ray... They are IONIZING PARTICLES... (waves have no mass, particles have mass)... as for Radiation... everything from long wave radio to gamma is radiation (including all radio, microwave, ir, visible light and UV)..

Gamma kills you, yes.. Large exposures...
BUT alpha kills you faster and more efficent... The only way for this to happen is internal contamination tho. Your body has developed a tolerance for gamma radiation over the course of the human evolution due to constant exposure (you are usually in a 1-10 microRad/hour field everyday)... But since alpha can't penetrate skin, your body has no resistance (alpha particles are basically hellium)...
Best example is this old riddle..
You have 4 cookies, An alpha cookie, a beta cookie, a gamma cookie and a neutron cookie. You can eat one, keep on in your hand and put one in your pocket and throw one away. which one do you pick for each?

Answer: Eat the gamma cookie, keep the alpha cookie in your pocket, keep the beta cookie in your hand and throw the neutron cookie as far away as you can...

Here are some science facts for you... there are different types of radiation.. you will need different devices to measure different types of radiation..

Here are some more science evidence from people who spent their entire life in research and considered the highest authority for cancer research in the US:

http://bit.ly/Yguiz

This was published by Dr. Ronald Herbman, the head of a leading US cancer research institute, which should be the highest research authority at the US.

(This is not FoxNews and not some small publication.., this warning was the reason that more countries posted the same warnings a few weeks after he published this!)

As said by Dr. Ronald Herbman:

"We shouldn't wait for a definitive study to come out, but err on the side of being safe rather than sorry later,"

I will suggest taking good reading at this.

Here is the link to the top 10 suggestions how to use your mobile phone in a smarter way:

http://kdka.com/health/cell.phones.tips.2.777727.html

Notice warning number 8 which is exactly the purpose of RadGuard:

"8. Avoid using your cell phone when the signal is weak or when moving at high speed, such as in a car or train, as this automatically increases power to a maximum as the phone repeatedly attempts to connect to a new relay antenna."

Will be glad to hear more follow-up on this.

What I'd like to know is how the program knows when radiation levels are high? Unless the phone has some built in sensor we don't know about that this program uses, how is it even possible for it to do what it says it does?

Nevermind I found the answer to my own question.

"Lower Reception Higher Risk - The formula is simple: when your phone reception is lower, radiation goes higher, much higher. Your phone radiation levels grow exponentially to overcome the lower reception from your nearest mobile cell station, thus making the radiation risk much higher!"

If you're actually concerned about radiation, save yourself $5 and keep your phone at a distance when you know reception is low.

Technically we check the transmission level of the device. There is some API provided with the RIM SDK that we can use to hook and check the transmission level (higher transmission higher radiation).

For the most part this will be in opposite connection to your reception, but this also goes high when using your phone while moving in high speed (train/driving) as your phone tries to move cell stations all the time and therefore the radiation is also higher in such times.

This is why one of the 10 suggestions suggested by the US cancer research insinuate is also to avoid phone usage while moving in high speed:

http://bit.ly/Yguiz

(see towards the bottom of this article)

@greatcasa
You can an estimation of the radiation level by looking at the Singnal Strength (in dB).

The only time the so called RAD levels would be high is when the phone is transmitting. There are more dangers to people sitting at their computer than cell phones causing tumors. Yes there have been studies and all have been mixed with no solid proof. This accounts to the whole "should i eat eggs or not?"

considering my father has oral cancer, never smoked, doesnt drink, but has used a mobile phone constantly since they came out, makes complete sense to me.

It is a fact that we play with technology before we understand the effects. I am still convinced that the microwave in your kitchens are causing more harm than good. Just think of all the expecting mothers standing in front of the microwave waiting for their pickle and hot fudge brownie to warm up to that perfect temperature with their babies just inches away.

I dont own a microwave, but I LOVE MY BLACKBERRY!!!! lol

now for the app, WTF? LOL waste of money.

I'm sorry about your father but I know a man, he's 87, that has smoked since before there was color TV and he has ZERO signs of cancer anywhere in his body.

Go buy yourself a microwave.

So now we are scaring people into purchasing software? Cell phones have been around for what, 35-40 years now... And just now we get an app that can tell us when it is emitting to much radiation? Either the dev. is a genius or a scam artist... I wonder which one????

Better get your sig figs straight. 35-40 years is a little off. Still new technology in terms of a human life. We still do not know the whole window of effects on the human life form. Remember, hindsight is always 20/20, foresight is always cloudy.

I use between 5000 and 7000 minutes per month on my phone. If anyone should have cancer it would be me. This is crap.

I agree, nightly I am on the phone from 7 pm to 11:45 pm, on the weekends, that goes up to about 5 pm to 4 or 5 in the am

I should at least feel cancerous, right?

(I'm assuming that "I should feel cancerous" is not a joke. I may be wrong, eh?)

While you are correct that this is crap, it is not for the reasons that the two of you cite; namely that you have empirically observed no obvious "cancer" symptoms over the few years you've been using cell phones. I'm afraid that if your cell phone was giving you cancer, you might not know if for thirty or forty years or more. (It's not like catching the clap, son.)

The reason that this is crap is because cell phones do not emit the kind of radiation that is known to cause cancer -- namely, ionizing radiation. (There's a lovely post higher up in the thread which goes into some nice detail about differentiating radiation types.) Cell phone radiation emissions are only capable of insignificant local tissue heating, and at a level less than that which might be conducted to your skin from physical contact with the phone.

So again, if your lungs don't fall out of your chest after one cigarette, that doesn't mean that damage hasn't been done.

The whole radiation from your electronics thing I think is overblown. I've worn my phone in a holster on my belt or clipped to the inside of my pocket since I was 14. Not to mention the laptop on my lap. I have one little girl and possibly another on the way. I don't have any brain issues (unless it is making me smarter). Yea the phone gets hot if you talk on it for awhile but I don't really ever use my phone to actually voice that much anyway, and I don't really know anyone who does.

I wonder if the popup notification comes on and stays on after day 11.5 of the trial to ensure it scares the bejeezus out of you and you pay the price?

CRACKBERRY! Yeah, stuff like this just does not last long ESPECIALLY on a website like this. I am pretty sure we would have all been dead right now if the phones were as bad as this companay would like you to believe (**hopefully to get sales up**).

Nah, chock this in the useless isle.

Oh come on, compared to exposure to ultraviolet radiation from sunlight, cosmic radiation from high-altitude airline travel, or even radiation exposure due to radon... your BlackBerry, at worst, is a tiny blip on the map.

If you want to live a longer, healthier life instead invest your energy in any number of these instead:
* stop smoking
* exercise regularly
* shed excess weight
* avoid trans-fats
* eat more vegetables
* eat more fiber

If there is a health risk imposed by cellphones it is so low that scientists are having a hard time even detecting it! Meanwhile people drop like flies from heart disease, obesity and smoking related diseases.

I really like SBSH. Their Today Plus program or whatever it was called for Windows Mobile made the 2 phones that I had with it very use able. Couldn't have calender on your screen without an application like BB Themes do.

Having said that I really do not understand the point but then again I do not subscribe to conspiracies except for 1 that happened in Dallas many years ago. :)

Also when the tumor rumor mill was moving MANY years ago it was reported that only 1 person died of brain cancer which could have been just a coincidence because of his health history. Also I thought these issues where virtually eliminated when CELL phones stopped being made. By that of course I mean phone now are digital and by definition do not use cell technology anymore.

Yeah, um, I think I'll pass on this. Seems to be catering to the paranoia in people (and probably based on studies that only used analog phones for their radiation tests).

For anyone who would actually buy this, I have an Orgone generator I'd like to sell you. PM me.

There was a big EM scare back in the late 80's about cell phone usage and it turned out to be bunk.

How does it detect the radiation level... Is there anything physical in the BlackBerry that reads radiation levels?

It is great to ssay put your berry away from you, but how far. Since radiation can penetrate walls, I would believe there is more exposure from your household microwave oven than your phone could ever produce iin it's lifetime.

I dunno about the girls but cellphone (especially smartphone) exposure can cause TESTICULAR CANCER and thats what this program is trying to limit.

if you really are that scared of the radiation you're phone puts off you should get rid ofa ll the other elctronics you own that generate more. TV, Radio, Microwave, etc...

It would be nice to have the app tell you what the radiation level actually is, rather than just telling you it is high.

No unexplained hair loss.

My ears are still attached to the sides of my head.

Still have normal brain functions.

My jaw has not radiated off.

Have not gone sterile or impotent.

I think that means that after years of using mobile technology I am still healthy.

And this app is exactly that, an app. It cotains nothing capable of detecting radiation.

Kevin, I hope you and the Ceckberry team don't allow such scare tactic nonsence to be listed and sold in the Crackberry App Store.

Wow this is a pretty annoying app in a way. I just downloaded th free trial out of curiosity and I get the message of dangerous levels like every minute or two. driving me kinda nuts. I already know my service isn't great where I work so that is likely the cause but it seems like I should be dead by the way this app keeps going off

Using the RadGuard configuration you can choose from what level of radiation you would like to be notified, so you can configure it to post much less notifications.

Furthermore, you can have it configured to post notifications only during a call and not during Idle mode and also limit recurring notifications only after a certain time frame have passed :)

The suggestions above might help limit the notifications only to times that are defined more "crucial" (such as those that your phone is actually placed near your head and not when it is plugged to the car and so forth).

We also have a manual available for download from our web-site that should give a pretty quick and thorough overview of all settings and configuration with RadGuard.

I hope that this helps a bit :)

Firstly, I'd like to say that unless you actually have some kind of background with EM (electromagnetic) waves and their effects on biological systems, your opinion--to be blunt--is meaningless and unconvincing.
No offense to the majority here, but you can't really have a knowledgeable, meaningful, and above all trustworthy opinion without explicit evidence and data to back you up. As far you your guys' opinions go, you're just saying what you FEEL is true, not what you KNOW is true. This issue is much better discussed in a scientific forum, not a consumer forum. I suggest the author of this program or news article consult several scientists/specialists in this field, opening up conversation about their respected opinions.

I used a Geiger counter at my school's lab and tried it on various objects, including my phone.

The x-ray diffractometer in the lab obviously had many counts.. but my phone did not.. really not much if any. My watch had more counts than my pearl, probably because of the *very* slightly radioactive glow-in-the-dark paint on the hands/hours.

EDIT: I realize that this post may not be accurate in terms of its implications. Geiger counters measure ionizing radiation, but radio waves (in cell phones) are well in the non-ionizing portion of the electromagnetic spectrum, so obviously a phone should not have Geiger counts.

Numus, according to the wiki post you link to, if I were to magically cause my cell phone to emit 200 times the radiation it's capable of, then hold it up to my eye for 2-3 hours, I might develop rabbit cataracts! Oh noes!!1! I'm dying! I need to sue my carrier today!

So, I tested this app and it broke my phone... well actually, it might have been everytime the RADIATION WARNING went off I threw the phone across the room to keep from getting fatally irradiated that could possibly have broken the phone...

Wow this has to be one of the most useless things i have ever seen...
I actually license and monitor radioactive material for the government, but i speak on my own knowledge and not a represetative of the government.
First problem with this: Radiation...
Wow.. that is very vague... If you want the real definition Radiation stands for Electromagnetic Radiation, which is the WHOLE electromagnetic spectrum... all in meters From your standard radio wave in the 10^3 range, microwave 10^-2 range, IR light 10^-5 range, Visible light 0.5x10^-6 range, Ultraviolet 10^-8, X-ray 10^-10, to Gamma Rays 10^12 range... Those (and everything inbetween them)are considering electromagnetic radiation...
If you want to minimize your radiation exposure.. make sure the screen is not on when it is near your head.. Since all visible light is also electromagnetic radiation...
I also got my degree in chemistry...
As for the paranoid person about microwaves, they do not irradiate like x-ray and gamma ray does.. Microwaves that are using in the microwave oven are very specific to the bonding between hydrogen and oxygen in water.. Specific frequencies of energy in the microwave region cause these bonds to change. a specific motion at the frequency the microwave oven operates causes the the hydrogen and oxygen to move in a specific way that creates kinetic energy (heat)... basically it boils water ONLY... so yes.. if you stuck your body in a microwave you would increase your internal temperature... but they are very well shielded, so unless you start to feel very warm, you are safe near that nuker :)

As for using a gieger-muller tube or pancake prob or scintillation tube on a Gieger counter.. You wont see anything. They only detect beta and gamma decay (electron decay for beta, and a very specific energy level photon for gamma), sometimes you get a bremsstrahlung x-ray which is in the energy range near a gamma photon and can pick that up to...
So MAYBE (BIG MAYBE) the radio frequency used by a cell phone is close to that of a microwave (although it doesn't matter, since it requires very very specific frequencies to manipulate the H-O bond), the power required to excite a water molecule slightly above normal to increase kenetic energy is way outside the power limits of a cell phone...

If you don't believe me, watch mythbusters when they tied a frozen chicken to a MICROWAVE radio transmitter to see if the internal temperature would go up... That is actually in the microwave freqnuency range and it didn't go up above what you would expect for a normal exposure for 1 hour to defrost...

I respect your opinion... this stuff brings memories of classes I took over the past 2 years... learning about different types of characterization using spectroscopy, etc.

All the damaged caused already - no. Does it prevent new damage...no; will it pop-pop corn- no...and plus one for Useless.

Someone may have pointed this out already: Unless the radiation one's body receives is IONIZING radiation, it's harmless. Ionizing radiation, by definition, is high energy radiation that is capable of altering molecules, an example of which would be gamma radiation. No mobile phone manufactured on this planet, nor any other consumer appliance (except smoke detectors and maybe a very few others that I'm not thinking of), is capable of producing ionizing radiation. The real purpose of this app is to assist the people who don't know these facts or are paranoid with disposing of excess income. That said, I wish I would have thought of it...

Smoke detectors use Americium-241 as an alpha emitter.. this isn't ionizing radiation.. only x-ray and gamma are ionizing radiation.. Alpha, beta, position, neutron are all ionizing particles...

Back in the fifties or sixties there was this guy named Bruce Banner, and he designed an early cell phone prototype which actually used a power source which emitted gamma radiation. (Typical military contracts; always going WAY overboard.) After a few test runs, his exposure to the radiation emitted by that prototype actually mutated him in a pretty significant way. Fortunately, his equipment and research notes were all destroyed in a classified incident, so no further attempts were made along that line of development.

I downloaded this app and it kept going off. I then tried to make a phone call and it reset my darn phone!!!

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WCM

The vibration this thing was giving me was WAY MORE POWERFUL than the tour has ever produced.

Any thoughts? Perhaps the vibration can be made stronger? That would be awesome being it's kind of low now.

WCM

This is implemented via the built-in BlackBerry Profiles application. Do you see any difference from vibration used with other notifications on your phone? (such as SMS, phone call etc.?)

heck no ill use this app i dont want to know if my friend blackberry is harming me un till i glow dont let me know.

Not that I would download this app but I had been keeping my blackberry pearl in my left pocket for a while and noticed the spot where the phone would sit most was starting to hurt and what not. There were never any marks or redness as a sign of a rash but it was pretty irritating. I started to move the phone around and stopped putting it in that pocket exclusively and the problem went away after a few weeks. Just food for thought.

Are you keeping your phone in a holster or pouch while in your pocket? If not you could have a ground issue with the charge contacts on the back of the phone.. you could be grounding them and taking a little charge at the point between the contacts which would cause muscle and skin irritation but usually not leave any marks unless severe..

Anyone else notice how one of their "research" links is to foxnews... Because fox news never lies to the viewers...

My ear was feeling kind of loose lately and it finally fell off, but now thanks to Radguard I know why.
When I win this big lawsuit I’m going to file, I will send the $5.95. For now, since I still need to use my phone I will just have to wear my radiation suit wherever I go!.
Thanks Radguard!

What kills me is, regardless of how much radiation is caused by cell phones, to reduce radiation, we have to pay for a way to reduce it. If there is truly a way to prevent radiation, should this not be something that should be free to keep us better protected?

This really "Grinds My Gears"

I'm a realist and at the same time an "avoid-ist". I'm not giving up my Berry so why the heck do I want to freak myself out...no way! I'll take my chances.

the phones should come with this software FREE for our safety. *pfft* i wouldnt pay for this (no offense)

Make a lead full body suit for yourself. It may be heavy, but you'll pat yourself on the back when everyone is dying from cell phone cancer.

"my head which contains my brain"

I just find that really funny.

Next week find out what the skeleton thinks the hip bone is connected to...

Hi all,

My name is Amit Regev and I'm one of the team members @ SBSH and the guy who also wrote the release post for RadGuard :)

After reading all of the replies here I thought it will be fair to leave some reply from our side which I hope will bring some insight on how we are seeing things from our side with this new release. I've posted my reply on this at our forums here:

http://forums.sbsh.net/index.php?showtopic=26184

And I'm also pasting it here - just hoping there is no length limitation for posting here.

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Hi all,

Following our new application release RadGuard for BlackBerry about two days ago we've been receiving lots of feedback from users both here at our forums and also on different discussions on various web-sites that have posted about the new RadGuard. There are lots of claims from different users that aren't really happy with this new application release and with what it does and I felt like it will be appropriate to provide a reply from our side to some of the various comments that users have posted or sent to us following this new release. On a personal level I also feel like we should provide users with a reply to these different posts that will explain some more and hopefully will help users gain another perspective about the application.

With the above in mind, I decided it will be best to write a new blog post here that will try to provide feedback to as many of the different comments that we've been seeing since the new RadGuard was released, so this is what I will be trying to do here, I will try to do my best and provide some insight from our side which hopefully will be helpful :)

First, for those who are not familiar with RadGuard release, you can find the release post at the following link:
http://forums.sbsh.net/index.php?showtopic=26162

There have been discussion about this new release within the thread here above and also on different sites. One example is this one at CrackBerry.com (which was one the reasons I decided it will be good to post a reply here for some of the comments I’ve been reading over there). The link to the article:

http://crackberry.com/new-scary-app-radguard-aims-minimize-your-exposure...

So without any further ado here are some of our replies (and also my personal thoughts) for some of the claims that were raised in the various discussions that have been posted over at different web-sites about RadGuard new release.

@Statement: "This is a scam application which doesn’t do much as mobile radiation doesn’t really have any effect."

@SBSH Reply: I’m starting with a reply on this post first since I feel this is somewhat more personal (insulting :/) and I would like to try and provide some reply to this first. We’ve been developing apps for mobile devices for more than five years now and overall we’ve maintained a positive record with our users all along. We invest lots of efforts in support and development.

We always put a lot of thought to our applications and we were always avoiding from creating applications without any content to them or apps that do nonsense.

When it comes to RadGuard, we clearly state what the application is doing. We explain that there is no magic behind it and that the application won’t reduce the radiation level from the device or anything like this. The application is defined to provide an advice to users when it is more important to try and avoid phone-usage from other times. I believe that we didn’t hide any details at all about the way the application works and we didn’t try to scam any user to use it if they don’t believe there is any importance to this goal at all :)

So overall, I believe the use of the word scam is not fair.

Furthermore, I think the discussion here is not about RadGuard functionality and whether it is doing what is says it does, but instead, whether the overall base assumption that mobile phone radiation have effects on the human body is correct or not. This discussion is not one that we have any effect on and we don't try to trick users. Users can google this topic, users can read more about it and can have their own opinion about it.

I also believe that I was decent in my release post (for those who read it completely) and stated that along with researches that state that mobile radiation have negative effects on the human body there are also a lot of researches that claim the other way, so we also don't claim that this is a decisive fact, we only stated that there is a discussion about this in both directions - each user can decide for its own I think. But again - we didn't try to trick any user at all and we were clear about the concept.

I hope that at least on the part of the "scam" claim users who posted such a reply can see what I mean and will see things in a bit better light, even though I fully understand not everyone would like to use this application anyway :)

@Statement: "The articles they have published (us, hence SBSH) have no scientific base whatsoever"

@SBSH Reply: Well, we chose some articles over the web that are somewhat easier to read and are not heavy scientific articles since we want users to be able to understand the actual claim and the current situation. These articles are based on serious scientific publications though...

Regardless to the article links that we provided, it is a fact that there are governments around the world who already published instructions to their citizens to try and avoid mobile phone usage (both Europe and Israel). These instructions were also the first reason who led us to develop RadGuard since this is exactly the main things that are stated with these instructions (to avoid talking in places with low reception etc.).

One of the replies that I read from one of the users claimed that he couldn't care much about statements in Europe and that decision there are not all that good :) It felt that this was said with humor, but overall (as a personal opinion) I think that European governments are usually a bit more cautious about things like these and therefore they prefer to post general warnings before those are available in the US.

Seeing European decisions over the past few years when it comes to small cars vs. large cars in the US (fuel consumption etc.) and how things are gradually changing in the same direction also in the US I don't think it will be fair to say that the decisions in Europe are all that weird.

Personally I'm also pretty sure that we will see similar warnings released at the US within a few years from now.

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The above are probably the main content of most of the replies that were posted and what I felt it will be fair to reply too and give some input from our side. We definitely had no intention whatsoever to trick users in anyway, we are not here to change people's mind and definitely don't want to scare anyone. I use my mobile phone all day long - it is a vital tool and it is a fact that I can't get my work done without it.

Our goal is to try and bring some solution that will try to remind people how to use their phone in a bit safer way in a pretty simple solution and manner. This solution is of course designed for users who believe that mobile phones carry some risk with them. We don't want to convince people about this and didn't try to scare people from using their phone :)

I hope that with my reply here users will see things in a bit different light, even if you don't plan on using RadGuard. We had only good intentions with this new application development and we had good faith that a lot of users will also find it valuable and therefore we moved ahead with this development as a company.

As always, I will be glad to reply some more here for anyone who would like to post back on this topic and I'll be sure to follow-up ASAP with any comments.

Good day all!

I think the point of the posts which refer to your application as crap are nicely summed up by the wikipedia page to which your own product page links as supporting information (Right after a link to Fox News, ha!): http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mobile_phone_radiation_and_health. This page (and others on reputable health-oriented web sites) neatly debunks the old myth about cell phone radiation having any health effects at all. (So you might wanna remove this link from your product page, since it tells people that there is no need for your product.)

here is something which I think you will have some hard time considered as crap.. this is the same insinuate responsible to the best researchers we have today on cancer and saving people's life today.

http://bit.ly/Yguiz

This was published by Dr. Ronald Herbman, the head of a leading US cancer research institute, which should be the highest research authority at the US.

(This is not FoxNews and not some small publication.., this warning was the reason that more countries posted the same warnings a few weeks after he published this!)

As said by Dr. Ronald Herbman:

"We shouldn't wait for a definitive study to come out, but err on the side of being safe rather than sorry later,"

I will suggest taking good reading at this.

Here is the link to the top 10 suggestions how to use your mobile phone in a smarter way:

http://kdka.com/health/cell.phones.tips.2.777727.html

Notice warning number 8 which is exactly the purpose of RadGuard:

"8. Avoid using your cell phone when the signal is weak or when moving at high speed, such as in a car or train, as this automatically increases power to a maximum as the phone repeatedly attempts to connect to a new relay antenna."

Will be glad to hear more follow-up on this.

OK, so here is the article I remembered reading a while ago and was looking for.

http://bit.ly/Yguiz

This was published by Dr. Ronald Herbman, the head of a leading US cancer research institute, which should be the highest research authority at the US.

(This is not FoxNews and not some small publication.., this warning was the reason that more countries posted the same warnings a few weeks after he published this!)

As said by Dr. Ronald Herbman:

"We shouldn't wait for a definitive study to come out, but err on the side of being safe rather than sorry later,"

I will suggest taking good reading at this.

Here is the link to the top 10 suggestions how to use your mobile phone in a smarter way:

http://kdka.com/health/cell.phones.tips.2.777727.html

Notice warning number 8 which is exactly the purpose of RadGuard:

"8. Avoid using your cell phone when the signal is weak or when moving at high speed, such as in a car or train, as this automatically increases power to a maximum as the phone repeatedly attempts to connect to a new relay antenna."

Will be glad to hear more follow-up on this.

Don't you think it is reasonable to be cautious with something that is considered with high possibility of certain health risks based on most recent studies?

See here:

http://edition.cnn.com/2008/HEALTH/conditions/09/18/cellphone.sperm/

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/health/6079782.stm

Don't you think there is some reason behind official warnings already released by the government in countries across Europe (such as France and more) who's been researching this for a while by now?