Donate your old cellular phone to support a worthy causeWritten by Tim Gorman
With new features being added to cellular phones at an incredible rate, you may be considering upgrading your phone to a newer model. If you want to use your phone to send e-mail, take pictures, play games, or access Internet, a new cellular phone can be an appealing option. As an added benefit, you can also donate your old phone to one of several worthy causes.
Charitable organizations that serve abused women are in desperate need of old cellular phones. The phones are refurbished and given to victims of domestic violence to provide emergency access to potentially lifesaving services. Call to Protect and Verizon Wireless HopeLine are two examples of charitable organizations that will accept unwanted cellular phones for this purpose. Unlike many other charitable organizations, Call to Protect will even accept a non-working cellular phone.
Many schools and community groups participate in PhoneRaiser, a unique fundraising program that allows participants to collect old cellular phones and donate proceeds to a charity of their choice. PhoneRaising is sponsored by CTIA Wireless Foundation, wireless industryís philanthropic organization.
Protect yourself from cell phone radiationWritten by Tim Gorman
With cell phones quickly becoming an important part of our everyday lives, itís frightening to think that radiation from cellular phones may cause health problems. Even though claims about dangers of cell phones are unsubstantiated, that hasnít stopped various marketers from selling cellular accessories alleging to protect consumers from harmful radiation.
Since cellular phones are a new technology, there are no long term studies to prove or disprove claims about their dangers. Various studies have attempted to link radiation from cell phones to memory problems, fatigue, headaches, and insomnia. Some researchers have also suggested that children who use cellular phones may be at an increased risk for problems since their bodies are not yet fully developed.
There have been many types of cellular accessories that have claimed to protect consumers from dangerous cell phone radiation. The manufacturers of these products have relied on fear and paranoia to market devices with no scientific validity. WaveShield, WaveShield 1000, WaveShield 2000, and other products designed to protect users from cell phone radiation have been proven ineffective. In fact, Waveshield products were subject of a 2003 FTC complaint. The main problem with these cellular accessories is that they cover earpiece of phone, when electromagnetic energy that may cause problems comes from antenna and other internal components.