By S21, last updated 21 Feb 2014
SAR (specific absorption rate) is a measurement of how much electromagnetic radiation is absorbed by body tissue whilst using a mobile phone. The higher the SAR the more radiation is absorbed.
In Europe, the European Union Council has adopted the recommendations made by the International Commission on Non-Ionising Radiation Protection (ICNIRP Guidelines 1998). These recommendations set a SAR limit of 2.0 W/kg in 10g of tissue. The UK Government has endorsed this limit (following a report by the Independent Expert Group on Mobile Phones) and the five mobile phone network operators have agreed to voluntarily adopt the ICNIRP guidelines for public exposure. All mobile phones on sale in the UK comply with this limit.
In the United States, the Cellular Telecommunications and Internet Association (CTIA) requires all cell phones to comply with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) SAR limit of 1.6 W/kg in 1g of tissue.
How to reduce your exposure to phone radiation
- Do not use your phone more than necessary and keep your calls short
- Send a text instead of making a call
- Try to avoid using your phone if the signal strength is low - find a better location to make a call
- Try to use the phone outdoors rather than inside, or move close to a window to make a call
- Keep the phone (and particularly the aerial) as far as possible from your head
- Avoid touching the aerial while the phone is turned on, and keep the phone away from areas of the body such as eyes, testicles, breasts and internal organs
- Limit usage as much as possible if pregnant
- Switch off your phone when not in use
You should be aware that if the phone is receiving a very strong signal from a base station, then power output can be reduced by up to 1000 times compared with when the phone has a poor signal.
As SAR information is not always easy to find, we have compiled a list of SAR values for most phones available in the UK. Please note that S21 accepts no responsibility for the accuracy of this data. All data has been collected from third party sources and in each case the source of the data is referenced. You are advised to verify the accuracy of this information for yourself. Under no circumstances will S21 be held liable for any loss, injury or damage associated with the use of this data.
You should note that while the SAR values of individual phones may vary, every phone available for sale in the UK complies with ICNIRP guidelines. You should also be aware that the SAR values shown are maximum values and in practice emissions from mobile phones will normally be lower than these figures. The emissions depend on factors such as distance from a transmission mast, whether the phone is used indoors or outdoors, how close the phone is held to the ear and other operating factors. It is important to realise that a phone with a high SAR rating may actually operate with much lower emissions in practice, and conversely a phone with a lower SAR rating may operate with emissions higher than a high SAR phone in practice. You should not rely on a low SAR rating to guarantee your health.
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Comment by Mary
on 12th Apr 2014
Great info on your site thank you. I only wish the details about
phones gave the SAR rating. Carphone Warehouse used to give them in
their brochures. I too find that using one for half a minute or so
with a SAR over 0.4 gives me a sore head on that side which can last
quite some time. And of course in a car it is much worse - even if my
husband next to me is using his Vodafone I am aware of the discomfort.
I tell all my friends and family to use SAMSUNG as they tend to be the
lowest. Can't think why Samsung don't publicise this fact!
Comment by David
on 22nd Mar 2014
Please could you give me the SAR value (or an estimate)for an iPhone 1
and a Vodaphone Smart mini? Thank you.
Comment by h johnson
on 2nd Mar 2014
thank you for this easy to find information. I have just been given a
doro liberto 810 smart phone aimed at the more mature market !can you
please tell me where a sar rating of 0.673 is low med or high . many
Reply by S21
on 3rd Mar 2014
0.673 is lower than many current phones, but all phones comply with
the legal requirements.
Comment by James H
on 14th Feb 2014
Does anyone know of any phone cases that act as good signal
Comment by Reader
on 30th Jan 2014
My Nokia E70 which has two models is not listed. Whilst Nokia N95 has
about five models, with SAR values of between approximately 0.4 and
0.7 and yet the table here only cites model 159 with SAR 0.58 ignoring
the other models. Information source Nokia - same as cited in the
Reply by S21
on 30th Jan 2014
The values for the Nokia N95 are for the RM-159 which was the original version released in the UK. Other markets may have different versions and the SAR values may be different.
Comment by J D
on 15th Dec 2013
The Google Nexus 4 made by LG does not seem to be listed. Do you have
figures for it, please?
Reply by S21
on 15th Dec 2013
The highest SAR value for use at the ear is 0.56 W/kg. Source: http://www.lg.com/global/support/sar/sar
Comment by egg
on 3rd Nov 2013
Could you test the samsung s3500 i like to know what the sar is on
Reply by S21
on 4th Nov 2013
Hi egg, the value is 0.581 W/Kg.
Comment by Antonino
on 19th Oct 2013
Hello I would like to know the sar value of Jiayu g4 mobile phone
Comment by John Hart from UK on 12th Sep 2013
Is it possible to find the SA rates for digital landline cordless phones, please?
Reply by S21 from UK on 13th Sep 2013
We don't publish that info here. Generally speaking, we would expect the SAR
for cordless phones to be much less than mobiles, since they are transmitting
over a short distance (100m instead of several km).
Comment by Dee from UK on 15th Aug 2013
This is really useful. Thank you to those who put it all together. I just wonder
if it would be too much trouble for the website to also list these in order
of SAR value, so that not only can we see the SAR rating of our current phone,
but can also easily ascertain which phone to go for if we want to buy a new
one with the lowest SAR possible.
Reply by S21 from UK on 17th Aug 2013
Hi Dee, thanks for your comments. Most of the phones listed here are now old,
so we're not sure how useful this would be.
Comment by akif from türkiye on 24th Jul 2013
are these sar values for head or body ?
Reply by S21 from UK on 25th Jul 2013
They are maximum values.
Comment by Dave from UK on 27th Jun 2013
I'm still using an old Sony Ericsson Z600 which is 10 years old. It has a very
low SARS rating 0.16 and I can't find a modern phone with the same. If I use
anything with a higher rating than that, I get headaches and the side of my
face,teeth and jaw goes numb. People laugh at me, but I'm not making it up.
Like a previous post said, they are keeping quiet about it.Just because you
are not sensitive to it, doesn't mean its not there!!
Comment by JYOTHI from INDIA on 26th Jun 2013
WHAT IS THE THRESHOLD VALUE ABOVE WHICH THE :SAR" VALUE IS HARMFULL OR WHICH
RANGE IS SAFE...
Reply by S21 from UK on 26th Jun 2013
No value of SAR has been shown to be harmful. All phones comply with the legal
limits that are set by authorities, as detailed in the introduction to this
Comment by Jenny from USA on 16th May 2013
SARS rating is very important to me. Just want a phone with:1.low sars rating
2. great camera 3. easy contacts(call waiting, calls missed, caller id...) I
would like to be able to listen to UTube. What's my WOW phone?
Comment by sean from uk on 1st Apr 2013
you might be interested in this film.
very relevant to sar rating
Comment by ron taylor from uk on 24th Jan 2013
I think sar ratings are very important,but it seems to be ignored,the same as
warnings about cigarettes were in the early days.We are sure to see an increase
in brain tumors in the coming years
I phones are particulary high in sar
THE POWERS THAT BE SEEM TO PREFER TO SHOVE IT UNDER THE CARPET///monetary concerns???
Comment by Susie L from UK on 8th Oct 2012
Me again as a follow-up to your reply to me below. WHERE exactly is the SARS
ranking for the 4 and 4S Three i-phone. It does not appear to be in the list
above or if it is, what is listed under?
Reply by S21 from UK on 8th Oct 2012
Hi Susie, listed alphabetically under Apple.
Comment by Susie from UK on 28th Sep 2012
I have an i-phone 3S - my contract is due to expire soon. Am considering upgrading
to a 4 or 5S, (like I usually do). On your list above of SAR rankings, it appears
to only go up to 'S' alphabetically! So I am not really sure what my Three (3)
i-phone is! I have recently had cancer so although I realise having an i-phone
with a low SAR is no guarantee, I thought I might as well go for a low one -
it might just help me psychologically!
Reply by S21 from UK on 1st Oct 2012
Hi Susie, we've updated the table for the iPhone 4S and 5. They have relatively
high SAR values, but obviously still within legal limits.
Comment by Daniel from UK on 10th May 2012
Does anyone actually care?
The procedures of reducing SARs seems pedantic.
Turn of phone when not in use - devotes the punt of a mobile phone
Try too use the phone out doors - lol
Comment by stelios psarrakis from greece on 21st Apr 2012
Guys...Im 15 years old and I've bought samsung galaxy ace(0,625 sar).Isnt that
Reply by S21 from UK on 21st Apr 2012
Stelios, you can see from the figures above that 0.625 is lower than most phones
and well below the EU limit of 2.0.
Comment by pankaj vaish from bharat on 25th Jan 2012
nice and valuable information.but please tell the harmfull effects of rf radiations
in more detail...........
SAR & Health Resources
SAR Values - independent site showing SAR ratings
Health Protection Agency scientific review shows no evidence mobile phones cause harm (April 2012)
Powerwatch - an independent organisation working in the field of UK Electromagnetic Field and Microwave Radiation health
Independent Expert Group on Mobile Phones - report by UK body examining concerns about the possible health effects from the use of mobile phones, base stations and transmitters (May 2000)