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Relief is near for those who fear wireless phones cause cancer. Wavelength Technologies in New Rochelle, N.Y., is introducing $59.95 wireless-phone cases that Chief Executive David Reitberger says can absorb up to 99% of the radiation the phones produce.

The secret: Nickel-polyester mesh sewn into the leather. That covers most of the phone, while see-through mesh drapes the display and keypad. Another component runs alongside the antenna, which is the largest source of cell-phone radiation. The product was created in Britain by Microshield Industries PLC, which sold U.S. distribution rights to Wavelength. About 200,000 covers have been sold outside the U.S. They fit 70 models of wireless phones.

The wireless industry has always insisted that its products are safe, but Wavelength was founded because of Reitberger's fears about his own wireless phone. He wondered if he was being hurt by the long hours he used it during a stint as a consultant. "I'd rather be safe than sorry," Berger says. If others agree, it certainly won't be the first time that uncertainty has bred opportunity.

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