San Francisco Bags Cell Phone Warning Fight
The City of San Francisco this week agreed to give up on enforcing a law that would have required cell phone retailers to post signs warning of the phones' possible radiation threat and associated health risks. San Francisco first proposed the law in 2011, and it met with fierce opposition from retailers and industry organizations such as the CTIA Wireless Association. The CTIA argued that such placards would only lead to consumer confusion. Technically, all cell phones sold in the U.S. have been certified as safe by the Federal Communications Commission. The CTIA believed that signs would give consumers the mistaken impression that some phones are safer--because they emit less radiation--than others. The law was never put into effect and this week San Francisco lost its last legal measure to enforce it.
CTIA to Fight Berkeley Cell Phone Radiation Law
The CTIA has filed a lawsuit in the hopes of overturning a Berkeley, Calif., regulation that will require sellers of cell phones to post warnings about radiation risks. The law, approved in Berkeley last month, will force retailers to post signs warning consumers of the dangers posed by cell phone wireless signals.
CTIA Loses Cell Radiation Labeling Fight In Berkeley
A judge sided with the City of Berkeley in a law concerning cell phone radiation and labeling in stores. Berkeley won an initial ruling earlier this year that requires cell phone retailers to put up signs that spell out the possible risks of using cellular devices.
Buying A Used Phone? Verify It Through New CTIA Web Site
Consumers, law enforcement, and resellers now have a new way to verify if used or refurbished phones are legit. CTIA, the U.S.
Phone-Unlocking Bill Clears Congress, Goes to Obama
The U.S. House of Representatives today unanimously passed bill S517, which makes it legal once again for consumers to unlock their cell phones.
E-Label Act Passage Means Fewer Stickers on Phones
President Obama signed the E-Label Act into law on Wednesday, which will give phone and other device makers the ability to label their hardware electronically rather than with stickers or graphics. By law, devices such as phones require labels from the FCC and other organizations proving the can be sold in the U.S.