Mobile phone technology is part of our everyday lives.
The tick (
) symbol on your phone, usually found under the battery, is your guarantee that your product meets the safety and technical standards set by the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA).
Here is a brief overview of how mobile systems work; who sets the safety guidelines; and what the World Health Organization (WHO) says about mobile phones and health.
Together with our parent companies
, we fund our share of the costs of independent national, regional and international scientific research in priority areas identified by the WHO. In Australia we contribute to the Australian government's electromagnetic energy (EME) research program through a carrier license levy ($4.5 million over 5 years). The program, established in 1999, is now in its third cycle and has already provided over $10 million for Australian EME research.
All our wireless communications equipment, including mobile phones we sell and the base stations we operate, meet strict international safety guideline limits, outlined by the International Commission for Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection (ICNIRP). In addition to these guidelines, we rely on the advice of independent scientific experts, such as the WHO, to give consumers accurate information to assist them in making informed choices about mobile technology and health.
Mobile phones cannot work without base stations. Our comprehensive network of base stations allows us to keep improving our coverage so that we can keep you up-to-date with the latest technology. While most people welcome more mobile phone coverage, we at Vodafone recognise that some people are concerned about possible health effects of base stations and we are committed to addressing these concerns.
Mobile phone networks are often referred to as cellular networks. This is because the radio signal area covered by a base station is known as a cell. Base stations use radio signals to connect mobile phones to the network, enabling people to send and receive calls, texts, emails, pictures, web, TV and downloads. Without base stations, mobile phones will not work.
Here is additional information about how we monitor health and safety, how phones and base stations work, information about regulations and much more.