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Jammer Cuts "Valley Girl's" Phone Connection

Jammer Cuts "Valley Girl's" Phone Connection

Ever wish you could use some Houdini tactics on annoying loud cell phone gabbers? Well last week in San Francisco, a man did just that by pressing a button on a tiny black box. Little did the girl know sitting beside him that he had just cut her cellphone reception and everyone else's within a 30-foot range.

According to The New York Times, cell phone use has skyrocketed, which is making it difficult to hear a conversation in public places.

"A small but growing band of rebels is turning to a blunt countermeasure: the cell phone jammer, a gadget that renders nearby mobile devices impotent." Even though they are illegal, cell phone 'jammers' are being purchased by cafe owners and hair salons, public speakers, theater operators, bus drivers and commuters on public transportation.

Very interesting. As much as I'd be quite annoyed if someone used a jammer within my chit-chatting radius, there's something powerful about being able to instantly silence someone. What do you think?


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aimeelove aimeelove 9 years
Wow I would LOVE to have one of these things!
amandaconduh amandaconduh 9 years
Rarely will I say this, but OMFG ahh I want one gimme gimme gimme. No really I want one I can think of so many reasons why too besides they'd just be fun! This made my day.
Jane-D Jane-D 9 years
A modified version of this, one with a smaller radius, would be a godsend in the classroom. Cellphones are a nightmare for teachers, as students are constantly texting one another. On a regular day, it's rude and obnoxious. During a classroom test, it's a tool for cheating. When there is a high-stakes testing situation, like an end-of-course test or an SAT, legal issues come into play. Should an emergency arise, it would be quite simple to turn the jammer off. In my experience, I have confiscated a dozen cell phones in my classroom, but I have never had to make an emergency call using one.
Gdeeaz Gdeeaz 9 years
i hate when ppl talk to loud while on the phone, my mom does it sometimes when she talks to her bff. i would love to have this, when me and my friends go to the movies and there are those few ppl who leave there phones on during the movie.
terryt18 terryt18 9 years
Yeah and every other call is an "emergency."
ziggy ziggy 9 years
I would love this! I don't see how they're illegal in some situations. Like in hospitals for example, where you aren't supposed to use your phone, and are supposed to turn it off, to begin with... tho it might interfere with other things... I'd still love to be able to silence some people though :)
mrskrismendoza mrskrismendoza 9 years
Haha I love that. People on their cells are SO annoying. You can't go five minutes without talking to someone?
Cassandra57 Cassandra57 9 years
I would love to have one of those! Not sure that I'd use it often, but it would be worth it when appropriate....
sahayra sahayra 9 years
I think it's a good idea, because some people don't seem to understand that it's not always appropriate or courteous to talk on the phone in certain situations.
Daisie Daisie 9 years
If it's a public place, I really would rather people just speak up! No one ever wants to open their mouth and say what's really on their mind. I get how the yapping is annoying, but I don't care for this device. Why? Because you don't know who has a relative near death or who just had a loved one in an accident. If someone jammed my phone when I was trying to be reached for emergency purposes, I would go ballistic!
sugaryamy sugaryamy 9 years
I know I'm a loud talker on the phone so I try not to do it in public places. If someone did that to me, I might be irritated, but I probably would've deserved it. However, it seems pretty weird in general that there is a device that gives someone that kind of power. Not the best idea...
DejaVecu DejaVecu 9 years
Priceless in a movie theater! People who truly need to receive an important call seem to mysteriously know about the vibrate option as well as how to talk quietly and politely excuse themselves. Morons who think they are that important are the ones that ruin conveniences and luxuries for the rest of us...bless their dumb little hearts. Sorry, but posting signs won't (and doesn't) work...businesses want to make money...they don't care if you have to put up with a rude paying customer. If they could only limit it to the precise phone...then I think we would all be's usually just that one idiot anyway. But, yeah, a smaller area is best. 30 feet is crazy.
coddswaddle coddswaddle 9 years
Now if they could reign in the area to, say, 7 feet then I'd get one lickety split! That would only effect people immediately around me, who's conversations I can only hear too well. It's always amazed me that people can't seem to go 5 minutes "alone" with themselves. They have to constantly do something, anything, to keep it from happening. It's always seemed so grasping and desperate.
Bookish Bookish 9 years
I'm with mbrown. For those of us who have good cellphone manners, being jammed (especially in the case of an emergency) is intrusive and could be dangerous. I do think businesses that don't want people talking on cellphones should have a sign with that posted, and should be able to refuse people service (or ask them to leave) if they talk in a way that disturbs other patrons. Besides, there's no saying that only good people will get hold of these. In the case of a hostage situation or attack, I can imagine a criminal using these to prevent people from calling for help. I know it sounds hysterical, sorry, but it's something I thought of.
mbrown81 mbrown81 9 years
I'm a mother of 2 small boys. If I was unable to be contacted in an emergancy because someone couldn't ignore some one being rude and talking loudly. I would be extreamly ticked. You don't punish everyone for someone else's idiotic behaviors.
kikkoman kikkoman 9 years
How crazy! I could see some potential good from this but this could be a problem for those "emergency" type situations.
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
Ha I've wanted to do this before!! ;)
jdots24 jdots24 9 years
And it's not just the person who is annoying talking loud on the phone that gets cut off, its every one in the vicinity.
jdots24 jdots24 9 years
As fun as it sounds I think they are horrible and as they are already illegal, they should be controlled more closely. My concern is when there is an emergency and someone is jamming the cell phones. Sure, people talking loudly on the phone is annoying, but when is someone's right to silence greater than someone else's right to talk?
SkinnyMarie SkinnyMarie 9 years
I think that is fabulous. Until people learn some manners on how and when to be on a cell phone, they deserve to have their reception blocked. How many times has someone on their cell phone just walked across a street without looking and nearly get hit? or isn't paying attention to the cashier, waiter, hair dresser, etc. Plus I don't like hearing peoples conversations. TMI
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 9 years
Whoa, that it very interesting indeed! Sometimes I wanna do that though! Some people are so rude with tehir phones (aka my boyfriend) and it drives me C-R-A-Z-Y!
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