A hoax report appears to be the cause of this myth, where three incidents of fires caused by mobiles were sent to Shell and then erroneously passed around the company. In reality, not one mobile has been the fire starter. There have been numerous studies and tests that all came up with this same conclusion. Even Mythbusters tried their hardest and failed.
The worry comes from the idea a phone battery could cause a spark — something you don’t want around flammable liquid. However, unless the battery was inexplicably faulty, mobile batteries do not spark so this won’t happen. If safety boards were worried about batteries near the pumps, what about that massive one sitting under your car bonnet? The more likely cause of petrol station fires come from a build up in static electricity, often from the material from the seat as you exit the car.
A mobile phone can cook an egg. Wrong.
Ever since phones became mobile there have been people running for the hills from fear it’s emitting some sort of invisible ray that’s slowly cooking us. This cracking hoax about how a couple of mobiles could cook an egg surfaced on the internet and people fell hook, line and sinker. It showed an egg wedged between two mobiles and with one handset calling the other for 65 minutes it was hot and ready to eat.
What’s more ridiculous about this myth is that mobiles don’t even directly transmit to each other. They have to call a nearby relay first, so putting the egg between them makes no difference
Mobile phones cause brain cancer. Wrong (so far).
Excessive charging kills the battery. Wrong.
So if a know-it-all tries to tell you otherwise if you’re plugging your mobile in everyday, you can politely inform them it’s actually the preferred method of charging.
Also, if you leave your phone on charge and it’s reached 100 per cent you don’t have to worry there. Smartphones are smart enough to stop juicing once it’s full.
Closing all your apps will save battery and make your phone run faster. Wrong.
While this sounds like it should be right, the fact is by closing all those apps it takes it out of the phone’s memory (RAM). Again, this sounds like something you want to do to but it means when you open the app again it takes more processing effort for the phone to reload than it would have to just leave it.
Unless you’ve got background app refresh turned on (which does drain battery, especially for the Facebook app) apps freeze right at the very place you left them. They do not continue to drain memory or data. In the case of Apple’s iOS it will close apps for you if it requires more memory.
news.com.au 31 July 2014