Chinese Wi-Fi Router ‘Pregnancy Mode’ Causes Controversy

Several Chinese companies are being caught up in an unlikely war of words surrounding the launch of a Wi-Fi router that look to minimise the risk of radiation on pregnant women.

The dispute follows the release of a new product from Qihoo 360 (pictured below) which came with a “Pregnant Women” broadcast setting that claimed to reduce radiation emitted by the router by 70 percent.

However its rival Xiaomi, which has also launched a new Mi router, has called out the claims, saying that Qihoo is just scaremongering.


“The so-called pregnancy mode is just a marketing tactic. Wi-Fi usage is safe, so please rest assured when using it,” Xiaomi wrote in a post on Chinese social media site Weibo.

“We firmly oppose, and feel ashamed of, those who create rumours and arouse instability for business purposes.”

At the launch of the P1 router, Zhou Hongyi, Qihoo’s chief executive, said that the firm was “targeting people who are afraid of radiation”, reported the South China Morning Post.

Following Xiaomi’s response, Hongyi released a further statement, noting that “We will wait and see who has a more profound understanding of Wi-Fi routers, me or our competitors.”

“We aren’t scientists. We haven’t done many experiments to prove how much damage the radiation from Wi-Fi can cause. We leave the right of choice to our customers.”

Despite many initial reports claiming that Wi-Fi signals do have detrimental effects on human health, according to research by the World Health Organisation, there is no empirical evidence to suggest health implications.

Xiaomi may also want to tread carefully with claims of denigrating one part of the population, following its widely-mocked launch of a ‘women-only’ smartphone back in March.

The Mi Note for Ladies, a ‘special edition’ version of its Mi Note flagship smartphone, comes in a specially-designed pink body, and is described as the “best buy for your girlfriend”.

What do you know about IT in China? Try our quiz!

Mike Moore

Michael Moore joined TechWeek Europe in January 2014 as a trainee before graduating to Reporter later that year. He covers a wide range of topics, including but not limited to mobile devices, wearable tech, the Internet of Things, and financial technology.

Recent Posts

Norway Hit By DDoS Cyber Attacks From Pro Russian Group

Norwegian national security agency warns pro-Russian group has targetted private and public institutions in Norway…

17 hours ago

Google Tells Staff They Can Relocate After Roe v Wade Ending

After US Supreme Court last week removed women's reproduction rights, Google tells staff they can…

18 hours ago

Taiwan Developing Own Digital Currency – Report

Central bank of Taiwan confirms it is still working on its digital currency, but has…

20 hours ago

Tesla Cuts 200 Autopilot Jobs, Closes San Mateo Office – Report

More restructuring at Tesla with hundreds of bob losses and California office closure, where staff…

21 hours ago

US FCC Commissioner Urges Apple, Google To Remove TikTok

Fresh worry for TikTok, after FCC Commissioner writes to Apple and Google about removing the…

22 hours ago

Airbnb Permanently Bans Parties, With Few Exceptions

Victory for irate neighbours? Airbnb confirms its temporary Covid ban on parties in its listings…

22 hours ago