Is there any exposure from a mobile phone in stand-by mode?

Electromagn Biol Med. 2012 Mar;31(1):52-6. doi: 10.3109/15368378.2011.624232. Epub 2012 Jan 23.


Several studies have been using a GSM mobile phone in stand-by mode as the source for exposure, and they claimed that this caused effects on for instance sleep and testicular function. In stand-by mode the phone is only active in periodic location updates, and this occurs with a frequency set by the net operator. Typical updates occur with 2-5 h in between, and between these updates the phone is to be considered as a passive radio receiver with no microwave emission. Thus, the exposure in stand-by mode can be considered negligible.

MeSH terms

  • Cell Phone* / instrumentation
  • Environmental Exposure / analysis*
  • Radio Waves / adverse effects
  • Radiometry
  • Time Factors