Don’t Believe Everything you Hear (or See)

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We’re inundated with videos and claims about what your smartphones can do, ranging from the useful to the downright bizarre. Sure there are apps that let you use your smartphone to control DVD players or PowerPoint presentations. But what about those other “out there” claims you hear about? Here are a couple of myths that are making the circuit these days:

Use smartphones to unlock your car remotely. You’ve probably heard this one from a few people. Rumor has it that if your keys are locked in the car, and the spare keys are at home, you can use your smartphone to call someone at home on their smartphone, hold your device about a foot from the car door, and have that person press the unlock button while holding the key near their smartphone. That would be a great trick… if it was true. Remote keyless entry (RKE) systems cannot by unlocked by cellphones because they operate on different types of signals at different frequencies.

Cooking Popcorn. A popular video making the rounds shows a group of friends arranging their phones around uncooked popcorn and then calling the phones to pop it. For the record, watch this video.

While it looks impressive, the truth is the electromagnetic radiation (EMF) from smartphones is simply not sufficient to cook popcorn. The video is a hoax using clever video editing. The popcorn was dropped into the frame and the video snippet was inserted backwards. Video editing was then used to ‘remove’ the un-popped kernels.

Myths like the popcorn one especially are designed to play on people’s concerns over the impact of using a radio device so close to our heads. If that’s something that concerns you, you can always take steps to reduce the amount of power transmitted by your smartphone by making sure you’re near a strong signal so it doesn’t have to work so hard. If, like most people in the world, you’re not sitting next to the nearest tower, you can achieve the same result by putting a Cel-Fi smart signal booster in your home or office.

What are some of your favorite smartphone myths?

By the Cel-Fi Team

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