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When nature calls, cell phone owners should
4/4/2005 2:22 PM Updated 4/4/2005 2:25 PM
By Stanley A. Miller II, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel via AP
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MILWAUKEE — Lexi Phillips answered the call of nature and soon heard an
alarming splash: Her cell phone toppled into the toilet.
It wasn't the first time the 19-year-old had lost her Motorola to the
"Both times, my cell phone was in my back pocket.... It fell out and went
right into the bowl," said Phillips, a cosmetology student who lives in
Mobile phones are the most popular personal technology around, but the
ability to take them anywhere — including the occasional trip to the
bathroom — carries risks. Plumbers, building managers, cell phone insurers
and repeat offenders such as Phillips say such phone fates are more common
than many people realize.
Those most vulnerable are people who seem forever tethered to their phones —
active young adults and mobile professionals.
On two occasions, several months apart, Phillips' mobile phones were powered
on when they plunged into the porcelain bowl in her west side home. She went
after them both times. She tried drying them out — to no avail.
Yet a third phone has fallen victim to the perils of Phillips' bathroom,
slipping off the edge of the sink into several inches of water.
In addition to the costs of replacing the phones and the inconvenience of
being disconnected, Phillips discovered another hassle that comes when your
phone takes a swim.
"I lost all these new phone numbers I had just put in," she said, noting
that she had not bothered to write them down. "Also, there were some numbers
of people who have moved away, so I can't contact them. I will have to wait
until they call me."
Phillips isn't alone in her phone fiascos.
Tracy Robertson, an information technology manager in Chicago, saw his cell
phone slip from its belt clip and drop into the toilet just as he was
"buckling back up."
"It was one of those things, where it was the perfect timing and the perfect
position," Robertson said. "It just went in, just as it was flushing, too."
He tried to catch it, "but I'm a butterfingers I guess.... It was one of
those things that happened in the blink of an eye. It was 'whoosh,' and then
it was gone. There was no chance to even grab it. It was probably as fast as
that stupid toilet has ever flushed."
Little did he know he would be reunited with his phone a few days later.
"The toilet was working fine, but then it started backing up, eventually,"
Robertson said. "I had to remove the toilet from the floor in order to get
The retrieval-and-repair project took about an hour — including
"wife-over-the-shoulder time" — and when Robertson yanked it out, the
waterlogged phone wouldn't turn on. He dried it out to see whether it was a
lost cause because it was a company phone.
"But after pulling it out of there after a few days, well, I really wouldn't
have wanted to use it anyway," he said.
Vince Ingrilli Jr. of Vince Ingrilli & Sons Plumbing Co. in Wauwatosa, said
that his shop has pulled mobile phones out of toilets over the years, mostly
in local restaurants and bars.
"It happens late at night," Ingrilli said. "We get the call in the morning.
They don't always tell you what is down there.
"You might be in and out of there in a half-hour if you can pop it out from
the top," said Ingrilli, whose family has been in business for about 50
years. "If you can't see it or it lodges in the throat of the bowl, you're
going to need to replace the whole thing."
Ingrilli said that sometimes a stuck phone can be melted out by heating up a
probe that plumbers use and snaking it down the drain.
"It's good for getting other things out, too," he said.
Neil Strother, a senior analyst with the research firm Instat MDR who
specializes in mobile devices, said it's difficult to determine how many
mobile phones meet their end in the drain.
Manufacturers don't offer many water-resistant devices, he said. Only a few
handset makers, such as Motorola, offer "ruggedized" lines of mobile phones
designed for emergency workers that can survive being dropped in water.
Strother estimated the truly water-tough phones — ones that could survive
being dropped in a toilet — represent as little as three percent of the
wireless handset market.
"Any little increase in cost for a basic phone, and there has to be a good
reason for a manufacturer and wireless carrier to do that," he said. "Phones
are so cheap now, it just makes more sense to offer them cheaper instead of
Some waterlogged cell phones can be revived if you remove the battery and
then let them dry for several days, Strother said.
Michael Powers, vice president of product management at Asurion, the
second-largest provider of wireless phones insurance in North America, said
the number of claims last year had "gone up dramatically" compared with
previous years, but declined to give specific numbers, citing competitive
About 175 million people own cell phones in the United States, compared with
about 4.3 million in 1990, according to the Cellular Telecommunications &
Internet Association. Powers estimates that about 30 million U.S. cell
phones are insured.
Powers said that last year about 20% of the claims coming in were because
phones were damaged by some kind of liquid, including "being dropped in a
lake, pool, and, yes, in toilets."
Another 20% were damaged by being dropped on terra firma, and the rest were
stolen, he said. The number of claims are rising in part because of the
popularity of camera phones, Powers said, noting that "as phones get smaller
and more things get put in them, more things can go wrong."
, 美國史丹佛大學博士 , 現任交通大學教授。他對現代微電子科技（Microelectronics）的發展有重大貢獻
施敏 , 是非常厲害的人物
, 幾年前才回到國內 , 是大哥大四個發明人之一
施敏先生在一場Evolution of Nonvolatile Semiconductor Memory的Seminar時再三的強調關於手機的危險性
, 他引用美國目前研究的數據：人類如處在 2mG (毫高斯)
, 就會有不好的影響 , 並當場示範
1000mG , 而手機所用的微波範圍在 2000,20000Hz 或更高。
他在國家實驗室所量的結果可以到達1~2萬 mG (毫高斯)
, 這是通話中所量測的 , 更別提是在接通中了。本實驗所用的手機是 motorola 的
, 就是用耳機來講手機 , 在耳機旁所測的電磁波約是10 mG（因為電磁波是成指數的衰減）
, 請好好閱讀 , 這是忠告。
, 每個原子都有能階 , 如果剛好能接收這樣的入射波的話就會吸收能量
剛剛我在電視上 TVBS 新聞中
, 用了五年的手機 , 最近竟然在耳朵到臉頰的部分出現了癌細胞
, 用一分鐘的手机 , 靠近耳朵的腦細胞溫度會上升1.5度細胞雖然不會死
, 手機用多還會有失憶 , 提早老年痴呆的症狀 , (但是不會禿頭啦!呵呵呵....)所以
, 除非必要 , 還是少用手機
, 多用公用電話吧 ! !
有手機的人越來越多 , 參考一下吧 ! !
, 右腰有過深入討論 , 最後一致結論是：左腰是較佳的選擇。因為
, 左側的器官較少 , 即使腎臟也位於後腹腔
, 尤其是強調在電梯 , 地下室
, 這些門號公或手機廠商為了滿足收訊無死角會相互配合如加強手機上晶片的功能與基地臺的加建 , !但是這只是讓通訊電磁波可以涵蓋更廣的範圍與可收到訊息
, 才能訊號完全 , 所以當妳聽到有人手機很迷你
, 功能很強 , 收訊很好時
, 不要羨慕 , 當妳聽到有人可以在電梯地下道
, 隧道收到手機訊號 , 不要羨慕
, 電磁波要透電梯殼 , 地下道等鋼筋水泥障礙物再到妳的手機上
, 需要多強的訊號 , 這等於是妳站在微波爐前沒有將門板關上
- 姓名中文：施敏英文：Simon M. Sze
- 出生年月日：(西元)1936年3月21日 當選院士屆數第20屆
- 國立交通大學電子工程系教授（1990 － ）
- 國科會國家毫微米元件實驗室主任（1998 － ）
- IEEE J. J. Ebers 獎（1993）