Mobile phones – communications on the go

Useful Sites

Telstra Learning Centre (Australia)

Six topics on telecommunications are available:

  • Mobile communication
  • From dots to data: The story of digital transmission and data communication
  • The busy ray: The story of communication by light beam
  • The switching place: The story of telephone exchanges
  • Linking a nation: The story of long distance communications
  • The information superhighway: The story of interactive telecommunications

How Stuff Works (USA)

How cell phones work
A clear description (with diagrams) of how mobile phones work.

How cell-phone radiation works
Explains how mobile phones generate radiation, and how they are tested for radiation levels. Also covers potential health risks.

How VoIP Works
Provides background information about VoIP and its potential applications.

What is the difference between analog and digital cell phones?

How cell-phone jammers work
Looks at how cell-phone jammers work and the legality of their use.

How cell-phone viruses work
Describes how cell-phone viruses spread, what they can do and how to protect your phone.

How SMS works
Explores the uses of text messages and why it can take a while for them to reach the recipient.

The impact of the mobile telephone in Australia (Academy of Social Sciences in Australia)

A 2004 report on the impact of the mobile phone in Australia.

Australian Broadcasting Corporation

Mobile phone cancer link unclear, study (News in Science, 17 May 2010)
Describes the findings of a large study on mobile phone safety which found little evidence of a link to brain cancer.

Long mobile phone use lifts tumour risk: Study (ABC News, 1 April 2006)
Reports on a study showing that the use of mobile phones over a long period of time can raise the risk of brain tumours.

Over information (The Lab,17 March 2005)
Describes how mobile phones, iPods and PDAs are used to store and access increasing amounts of information.

Hands free mobile no safer when driving (News in Science, 12 July 2005)
Research suggests that holding a mobile phone or using a hands-free phone when driving increase the risk of an accident.

The future of the phone (The Buzz, 20 November 2004)
Describes future uses of phones to: track friends or children; provide bullet-proof ID; act as a credit card; download films and books; even replace our front door keys.

Mobile phones: Frequently asked questions (WorkSafe Western Australia)

Briefly outlines possible health risks from mobile phone use and suggests ways to reduce exposure to the radio waves of mobile phones.

Electromagnetic energy and 3G mobile phones fact sheet (Australian Communications and Media Authority)

Discusses emissions from third generation mobiles in terms of human health.

Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency

Mobile telephones and health effects
Discusses the basis of health concerns and the uncertainty of evidence about microwaves causing cancer.

Magnetic and electric fields from power lines
Discusses the possible effects of electromagnetic fields on human health.

Committee on electromagnetic energy public health issues – fact sheets
A series of articles that help explain the current thinking of mobile phone communication and health.

International EMF project (World Health Organization)

A number of news releases and fact sheets relating to health effects of electromagnetic fields. Of particular interest is Electromagnetic fields and public health: Mobile telephones and their base stations.

External sites are not endorsed by the Australian Academy of Science.
Page updated July 2010.