The Canadian government instructed three of the country's national carriers to temporarily stop selling the Alcatel U50 due to the device's failure to meet the radio frequency energy exposure limits set by the government. Bell, Telus, and Freedom Mobile offer the handset as part of the network operators' budget smartphone offerings. According to Innovation, Science, and Economic Development Canada (ISED), even though the Alcatel U50 exceeded the country's limits for radio frequency energy exposure, the amount of radiation released by the device is not expected to cause harm to the user's health. Nonetheless, the telecommunications regulator still decided to temporarily halt the sales of the smartphone until the manufacturer resolves the issue. Bell, one of the carriers that sell the Alcatel U50, already released a statement saying that it will temporarily stop selling the budget smartphone while TCL fixes the issue.
On the other hand, TCL, the manufacturer of the Alcatel U50, promised that it will soon distribute an update that will allow the device to comply with the government's radiation standards. However, the tech firm did not provide a specific date for the release of the software package.
Recent studies have detailed the impact of radiation emitted by smartphones and other mobile devices on the health of the user. While a recent study failed to show any strong link between the radio frequency energy released by mobile devices and the likelihood of developing cancer, a new study released by the Swiss Department of Epidemiology and Public Health showed that there could be a correlation between exposure with smartphone radiation and reduced cognitive abilities among teenagers. The radiation released by smartphones can affect the brain, especially when it is held close to the person's ears, and adolescents are thought to be highly susceptible to the impact of radio frequency energy. The study noted that there is a possibility that the memory performance of adolescents could degrade when the right side of the brain is exposed to radiation. However, the people behind the study stated that further research needs to be conducted in other populations to confirm the trends observed in the study.