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Stockholm puts ban on cell phones

Hi all.

Revolutionary news from Sweden “Stockholm puts ban on cell phones”

//www.politicalgateway.com/news/read/16784


Regards.

Agnes


Stockholm puts ban on cell phones

STOCKHOLM, Sweden, June 2 (UPI) -- Stockholm transit officials are designating special cell phone zones because of complaints about electromagnetic fields and loud, one-sided conversations.

Beginning in August, commuters caught using phones outside the specific areas risk fines, The Times of London reported Friday.

The designated areas replace an all-out ban that came as a shock -- cell phone-maker Ericsson is headquartered in Sweden, and many Swedes do not even bother installing landlines in their homes.

Politicians introduced the ban, bowing to complaints about hypersentivity to electromagnetic fields and complaints about loud conversations.

Supporters of the ban have high hopes it will become national, but others say it is a violation of their rights.

"I cannot turn off my mobile phone when going on the metro for 20 minutes," Pia Thurfjell told the Times. "I need to answer if my kids call from school."

"It is immoral to introduce a ban that lacks popular support and pathetic to ban mobile phones in trains composed almost entirely of electric cables," said Maria Wallhager, for the opposition Liberals.

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Hi all.

More good news from Sweden. You have to really feel pity for the "poor" commuters who will be "Off The Air" while traveling, they really feel victimized!

I notice that a lot of Swedes do not bother with having a landline, only mobiles, could the reason be that the MASTS for their mobiles are radiating down someone else´s house, and not their own?

Best regards.

Agnes.



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Mobile phones to be silenced by new law
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Stockholm is to curtail the use of mobile phones on public transport. The Swedish capital's socialist council, siding with those who insist that the phones are a social nuisance and a health risk, has created designated areas in buses, trains and trams where they may be used.

From August commuters caught using their phones outside the areas risk a fine.

The ban, the first in Europe, has come as a shock in Sweden, home of the mobile manufacturer Ericsson. Many Swedes have more than one handset and do not bother installing landlines in their homes.

The ruling Social Democrat Party in Stockholm and the Green Party said that some passengers were hypersensitive to electromagnetic fields. Others were annoyed by people shouting into phones.

Supporters of the ban hope that it will be extended nationwide but others believe it is an infringement of their liberties.

"I cannot turn off my mobile phone when going on the metro for 20 minutes," Pia Thurfjell said. "I need to answer if my kids call from school."

Fredrik Olandersson, another traveller, said: "What shall I do if all the mobile phone permit seats are taken?"

Maria Wallhager, for the opposition Liberals, said: "It is immoral to introduce a ban that lacks popular support and pathetic to ban mobile phones in trains composed almost entirely of electric cables."

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