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Published April 15, 2011

(Via TheRadishNetwork) A recent article published in The New York Times asserted that while it is highly unlikely that radiation from cell phone use causes brain cancer it is impossible to know for sure. Since the possibility, however slim, does exist, AT&T has announced that it will continue its policy of dropping calls for its iPhone users.

“The health of our iPhone users is of paramount importance to AT&T. If dropping calls means users spend less time talking on the phone and therefore are at a decreased risk of brain cancer then that is a course of action we will pursue,” says Martha Coxley, an AT&T spokesperson. “We see our flawed network and dropped calls as providing a public service.”

The Times article pointed out that the type of radiation emitted by cell phones is very weak and has a minimal effect on living cells. But since researchers don’t know definitively what causes cancer, they cannot rule out a possible link to cell phone use.

At least one iPhone user expressed gratitude to AT&T for its policy. Milt Kupchak of Sheboygan, Wisconsin, had been out of work for 16 months when he finally received a job offer at a manufacturing facility. He was finalizing the details of the offer with the hiring manager over his iPhone when he heard two beeps and saw a “Call Failed” message on his device. It was an hour before he was able to connect his call again, and by that point the hiring manager had moved on to another candidate. In the following six months since the dropped call, Mr. Kupchak has been unable to find another job, “but at least I don’t have brain cancer,” he says.

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