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This is an unofficial announcement of Commission action. Release of the full text of a Commission order constitutes official action. See MCI v. FCC. 515 F 2d 385 (D.C. Circ 1974).

December 1,1998

Statement of Dale Hatfield
Chief of the Office of Engineering and Technology
Concerning Non-compliant Sony Cellular Phones

Sony Electronics, Inc. recently informed the Commission that it has produced some wireless telephones that may operate at levels above the guidelines established by the FCC to protect the public from exposure to potentially harmful levels of radio frequency emissions. The wireless telephones carry FCC Identification Numbers L5ACMDB and L5ACMDB2. These wireless telephones were manufactured and distributed in the first half of 1998 and are no longer being marketed. Approximately 60,000 such units are in the hands of consumers, but the actual number of phones that are in violation of the FCC's guidelines is not known at this time.

Any non-compliance with the Commissions emissions guidelines is a very serious matter. The Office of Engineering and Technology has advised Sony that it has a responsibility to ensure that consumers have phones that adhere to the established radio frequency emissions guidelines. Sony has initiated a program to notify affected consumers of the possibility that phones in their possession do not meet the guidelines, and has established a process for the testing and adjusting such phones for FCC compliance, where necessary. Questions about this program may be directed to Sony at (888) 914 7669.

We will closely monitor Sony's program to ensure that the FCC's emissions guidelines are followed and will not hesitate to take additional action if necessary.

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