Frequently Asked Questions

Too Close™ for Android FAQ


Why should I use the Too Close™ application?

Most cellular telephone users are unaware that there are specific spatial proximity standards for cellphone use and also maximum Specific Absorption Rate (SAR) levels. These specifications are found in every cellular telephone manual and are mandated to be there by the FCC and CTIA (Cellular Telephone Industry Association). Too Close™ alerts the users before they have breached the proximity standards for safer use. Green Swan, Inc. products were designed to raise awareness of non-compliance with cell phone safety guidelines. Too Close™ is the first in a line of family safety software designed to help reduce EMF radiation exposure for all users and especially to help minimize cell phone risks for children.

How does Too Close™ work?

Too Close™ reminds the cellphone user when a mobile telephone is being used against the head. Once the Too Close™ application detects that the phone is being used in close proximity to the head, the application gives a gentle audible warning. The sound and frequency of this warning can be adjusted in the application’s settings.

What is “SAR”?

“Specific Absorption Rate” is a measure of the rate at which energy is absorbed by the body when exposed to a radio frequency (RF) electromagnetic field and is defined as the power absorbed per mass of tissue in units of watts per kilogram (W/kg). This is the standard which the FCC and the CTIA use to measure the level of non-ionizing radiation absorbed from different cellular telephones. SAR is somewhat controversial but is the industry accepted standard.

What is non-ionizing radiation?

Non-ionizing radiation refers to any type of electromagnetic radiation which does not carry enough energy to ionize atoms or molecules. In other words, it is unable to completely remove an electron from an atom or molecule. The traditional scientific view is that damage to living tissue cannot happen without ionic charge, but empirical findings of some studies are in direct conflict with that assumption.

Why hold a cellphone away from the body?

The cellular telephone manufacturers mandate that proximity to head limits be in the manuals. They have good reason for this.

What else can I do to reduce exposure to non-ionizing radiation from cellphones?

Wired headsets, Bluetooth headsets, text messaging and the speaker phone function are all great ways to limit exposure while remaining compliant with the FCC and CTIA usage standards. Furthermore, carrying your phone in a purse, briefcase or factory approved holster will decrease your exposure to the body. Men should entirely avoid carrying a cellphone in their pants pockets. Factory approved holsters tend to minimize exposure by inserting distance between the phone and body.

Will Bluetooth headsets solve the issue of radiation exposure?

Although Bluetooth headset have much lower levels of SAR than a typical cellphone, sometimes ten times lower, they can still cumulatively expose a user to non-compliant levels of radiation. If a Bluetooth headset is left in the ear and “on” for an entire work day, the levels of exposure can accumulate to levels in violation of recommended standards. In order to benefit from using a Bluetooth headset, it must be turned off or removed in-between uses.

Can cellphones cause cancer?

The relationship between cellular telephone use and cancer is an issue which has been highly debated for many years with evidence supporting both sides. Green Swan, Inc.’s standpoint on the issue is that it is best to follow all compliance standards set forth by the FCC and CTIA. They have their proximity standards for good reasons.

How much does the Too Close™ application cost?

A single license of Too Close™ costs $.99.

What are the new languages and how do I use them?

We currently offer English, Spanish and French to our customers. For those trying to find a menu in the application to change languages, you must go into the settings of the phone and instead change the language preference of the actual phone. If your phone is already in another language, the Too Close™ application will automatically identify the pre-set language and adjust accordingly.