Prompted by the so called images of the yet to be FP4, if they are accurate, there is no jack socket for earphones, and there’s talk of earbuds to add.
Fairtrade is the force behind Fairphone and that means the health and safety of those people that mine and work manufacturing the phone.
There are arguments that the phone and support are not fair to the consumers but fairness is relevant and I have no issue in comparing the two. The labourers are the ones that get the worse deal no matter how upset a consumer is.
So residing in my first world habitat, the UK, where we close down our mines and factories it seems only human to care for those that actually do the manual labour.
And if it wasn’t about treating the workers humanely then they have to be healthy to continue working for us consumers.
Now this topic may become defunct as there may be a jack socket.
There is the notion that perfectly good headsets can’t be used if the jack is not present, so some ecological waste, which I have no big problem with, though it’s sad that a company like Fairphone would precipitate that.
No it’s the health and safety of the consumer ~ no healthy consumers no healthy business. Sure bluetooth earbuds may not kill, maim, injury or compromise me in any defined way but it clearly is not an improvement to my health.
Well I’ll still buy the FP4 to support Fairtrade, but the earbuds are way down on my xmass list.
There’s no authoritarian ‘should’ in my vocabulary, which I have mentioned to you a number of times. You have a choice to understand if you have the will.
I weight my involvement with Fairphone by supporting the notion of treating those that are paid to do my dirty work better, that doesn’t mean I agree or support every aspect of Fairphone and query the health issue of 2.4GHz in my ears.
Again, though I have said this before, I am not weighing other peoples ‘killing games/lives’ against each other, just the weight of my part.
Willing to understand means putting in the effort. At least I have managed to understand some people by doing so. The intention(s) that has/have encouraged you to start this discussion are really hard to understand though, therefore I am not putting any more effort in…
Anyway, for now to avoid the question of understanding my view I am providing a link to an article that deals with some of the more technical issues surrounding bluetooth emissions via headphones.
But to clarify I do not accept all the premises that are contained in the article. The first part deals with the maths of EMF which is in line with my understanding but the latter part of applications is short of some views I have.
Anyway for anyone concerned about bluetooth radio transmissions from earbuds it’s a starting place, for others it may just cloud up a sunny day.
Unlike microwaves, Bluetooth headphones don’t use around 850 to 1800 W to function. Instead, Bluetooth headphones normally emit a maximum of only 100 mW—that’s 8,500 to 18,000 times less than the power output of microwaves.
I have commented elsewhere on the maths of this notion of the strength of signal.
The maths are that distance is a really big deal 100mw close to your ear is more powerful than 100mw in another room, in terms of heating, which is one accepted damage EMF may cause…
Starting with a estimate that the tissue around the earbud may be only 0.5cm away from the 100mW then according to the inverse square law relevant to the dispersion of EMF let’s draw a parallel with an ear in a microwave of emitting 800W some 10cm away.
At 5cm that would be 200w, at 2.5cm 50w at 1.25cm some 7w at 0.625 only 3.5watts
So the comparison for the tissue in contact with the ear bud would be nearer 300 to 1 not the 8,000 to 18,500 as in the article.
Next consider the time of cooking. The ear in the microwave may be fried very quickly due to the water drying out. The ear in the body keeps cooler as there is the cooling mechanics of the blood. This doesn’t mean the ear flesh won’t get uncomfortably warm and produce distress.
So did anyone consider this as an issue that compromises the notion of Fairphone as a sustainable device that benefits the consumer, my argument is that I don’t see how that is an improvement for the consumer over a jack socket though there is a note that the radio waves of the phone travel up the earphone wire, but I often use the phone as a media player in aeroplane mode etc.
Generally I avoid earphones and headsets, but many people are regular users.