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Phone Jammers Cut Annoying Chatter and Police Life Lines

Can you hear me now? Probably not, if someone around you has a cell phone jammer, devices that block reception within 10 meters. The discreet gadgets are gaining popularity among theater and restaurant owners, subway riders, and others trying to silence annoying people who talk on the their cell phones in public.

Last month, Canadian police were caught in a jam on a dark highway, when they pulled over suspects carrying a jammer that rendered their radios silent. Luckily, they seized the device, and soon an official warning went out to all Canadian police. In the US first-time offenders can be fined up to $11,000. In addition, the jamming party can be charged with theft, as the airways belong to the companies that purchased them.

The idea of anyone, especially police, entering a dead zone frightens me, but I understand the frustration with obnoxious cell phone chatting. Maybe more countries can start passing cell phone bans, similar to those seen (and not heard) on France's railway or Austria's public transit, while keeping the jammers away from the bad guys.


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stanff stanff 6 years
really? The cell phone jammer is amazing! I have got one from, really does work, you know, without the annoying of calls, peace of mind. I think everyone needs one. hope can help you.
Jude-C Jude-C 8 years
Wack, though, what if you were in a car crash and couldn't get out of the car to get to a landline and call 911, or something like that?
wackdoodle wackdoodle 8 years
Oops - this is not complete "It would be ironic if while writing this someone broke into my home and shoved a cell phone down my throat causing me to choke." I should have finished with a the cellphone dialed 911 while I was choking on it - THAT WOULD BE IRONIC. Darn Alanis Morrisette! She's still got people thinking that its ironic if it rains on your wedding day - no Alanis that's poor planning and happenstance.
wackdoodle wackdoodle 8 years
Yeah would be strange but not ironic. As far as calling 911, that's why there are landlines. Also I can self Heimlich, the side effect of having a hanicapped mom who did not have the strength to do the heimlich on anyone. It would be ironic IF a supposed outcome was completely unexpected or contradictory to what one would expect a person to do. ie if I was choking and I had the jammer on and some person with a cell phone came along and decided to help me by calling 911 but before they could call THEY CHOKED TOO. That would be ironic. It would be ironic if while writing this someone broke into my home and shoved a cell phone down my throat causing me to choke. An outcome completely contrary to the expected outcome. Organic I am serious but not about the mischievous bit but I do use it if I'm out and about and get struck with a thunderstruck migraine migraine attack that has the sound sensitivity component. (When this happens the sound of my guy verbalizing when he signs is loud and painful.) If I move away from someone who's on a cellphone and they move right next to me and continue their loud conversation, yeah I'll move again. But if they again come stand by me and jabber on about nothing I reach in my bag - past my neuro-stimulator control (because I had a electrodes implanted in my brain recently to try to subdue the intense brain stem and spinal cord pain from my migraine attacks) I will find that jammer in my bag and turn it on. Once the signal is blocked and they person walks away to get the signal back there cool. I turn it off. If they walk back and repeat the same bad rude habit again - I repeat my action. And yes I do turn the jammer on when I deem it necessary. I truly do not understand why a women would deem it absolutely necessary to call up their friend while in the bathroom stall and carry on a conversation about nothing in particular. "OMG Amy I had to pee so bad. Yeah, uh huh no I'm still in the bathroom peeing." Totally unnecessary convo but for her I simply leave the stall and left the bathroom, leaving her to pee while talking on the phone in a public bathroom. Unless I'm vomiting and violently ill. I actually also have a device I but from a science/electronics supply house that can emit a microwave blast that will fry the sim cards/microchip in phones. I don't use that, its in a box in my closet. It's waiting for me to dismantle it when I have time. I never have opened. I bought it because it was a good deal and my nephews and I are building one of those fighting robots and need parts from the blaster. I may take it with me to SoCal this weekend and go out to the old gun range with my dad's old cell phone and see what it does before my nephew and I take it apart. I am curious as to whether the components in the cell phone just short and burn out or if its gradual or if the thing catches fire or what? But these mini-blasters are out there. They serve a purpose.
Great-Sommelier Great-Sommelier 8 years
Black, you spark an interesting point with your post. I hadn't thought of it this way yet. People do pay for their monthly usage of their phones. Using a jammer is a form of theft.
Blackwidowchick Blackwidowchick 8 years
I pay for my monthly cell phone bill and I want to use my phone whenever I want. But there are some situations where you just DONT use it. In the movies, in a fancy restaurant..etc. You should also not have conversations on it in public that are private or contain foul language where kids can hear. and wackdoodle, won't it be ironic if you turned on your jammer and then you were choking like the guy from the eating contest and nobody knew Heimlich, so somebody tried to call for help and they couldn't and you died? just a little bit ironic? and yeah i really do think.
organicsugr organicsugr 8 years
"I have a cell signal jammer that I occasionally carry with my in my messenger bag. If I'm in a mischievous mood or I have a migraine that's making me very sensitive to loud sounds I turn it on simply to prevent people from being able to use their cell phones within 40 feet of me. I love my jammer." I hope you're not serious.
Great-Sommelier Great-Sommelier 8 years
Ugh, we are destroying ourselves with technology. 1. Don't be rude on your cell 2. Don't be just as rude with a jammer 3. Rinse and repeat
Great-Sommelier Great-Sommelier 8 years
lol, leila! That used to be my av. I got all confused for a second!
heatherhas heatherhas 8 years
Wow. Thats scary about police officers. Not cool at all to mess with the boys in blue.
wackdoodle wackdoodle 8 years
I was going to put a cell phone jammer on the buses that I drove here in SF. Ultimately I decided that it was better for me to turn on the heater on full blast when it was hot and the cold air on full blast when it was cold. These ended up causing the cell phone obsessed to get off the bus completely. Which gave everyone else a reprieve from the obnoxious single sided convo. And the sheer noise from he loud heating and cooling system in the bus stopped them from being able to hear the conversion so they'd get off. I have a cell signal jammer that I occasionally carry with my in my messenger bag. If I'm in a mischievous mood or I have a migraine that's making me very sensitive to loud sounds I turn it on simply to prevent people from being able to use their cell phones within 40 feet of me. I love my jammer.
kranky kranky 8 years
I love the idea of jammers. I do public transportation sometimes, and have yet to work up the courage to tell people to stuff it. However, I love the idea of police and fire equipment in good working order more.
yesteryear yesteryear 8 years
i agree with the sentiment of the jammers... sometimes technology develops faster than its associated etiquette. but yeah, we need them for emergencies so don't be jammin my space, dude.
Jude-C Jude-C 8 years
Just kick people out of your establishments if they refuse to stop yammering annoyingly on their cell phones. No need to disrupt communications for all those who use their cells politely and may need to make/receive calls. Jeez.
popgoestheworld popgoestheworld 8 years
I guess the devices are probably discrete and discreet. I can understand the impulse but it's too important to have communication for emergencies.
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