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Our online glossary is here to help you make sense of the terminology used in the cell phone industry. It covers mobile technologies, such as 3G and 4G, and even includes a bit of information on smartphone operating systems and the companies that make the cell phones and other mobile technology devices we all use.

What is "SAR"?

The SAR, or specific absorption rate, of a mobile phone is the amount of RF energy it exposes its user to. In the United States, mobile phones need to have a SAR rating of 1.6 watts per kilogram (W/kg) or less. In Europe, the limit is 2 W/kg. While there have been plenty of studies that conclude that phone based RF radiation is harmful, there are an equal amount that find the opposite to be true. In any event, a device with a lower SAR rating will pose less of a risk than one with a higher rating.

Also known as: "Specific Absorption Rate"

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