Despite all the uncertainty regarding the health hazards posed by mobile phones, British scientists today declared the devices safe to use.

Researchers at NRPB (the National Radiological Protection Board) reviewed a series of reports and studies about the dangers of mobile phones. They concluded there was no evidence to prove exposure to radio frequency waves has a detrimental effect on a user's wellbeing, but called for more research into the possible long-term health effects.

"In aggregate the research published does not give cause for concern. The weight of evidence now available does not suggest there are adverse health effects from exposures to [radiation] fields below guideline levels, but the published research has limitations as mobile phones have only been in widespread use for a relatively short time," said the government's Independent Advisor Group in a statement.

It also found radiation levels around local base stations to be extremely low and therefore no danger to residents.

This is the first major investigation into mobile phones since the infamous Stewart report was released in 2000. IT found mobile phones were safe for adults but that a precautions should be taken to protect children.

Around 50 million people in the UK currently own a mobile phone, a negative finding would have a huge, perhaps fatal, impact on the telecoms market.