Cell Phone Blockers: If You Could, Would You?

Cell Phone Blockers: If You Could, Would You?

Gregory Han
Aug 23, 2010

We just received an interesting email from a reseller cell phone jamming gear, asking if we'd be interested in testing some of their anti-cell phone gear. Some of you might know these devices, although legal to sell, using jamming cell phone signals here in the United States is considered property theft by the FCC. An $11,000 fine and up to a year in prison for each offense makes owning one of these a risky proposition at best. But if these were legal, would you be tempted to own and use one?

These cell phone jamming devices don't come cheap and by using one, you risk not only breaking FCC laws, but perhaps causing an incident if its use messes with someone's pacemaker or other signal-sensitive device. We do think in time, these devices in some form or another, might be necessary in a society where improper cell phone use in public spaces (even churches, libraries and museums!) is growing rampant.

Most of these $100-$1000 devices only affected 30-100' perimeters of dead space, but some more powerful government-grade units can kill a whole mile diameter (think Presidential motorcade), so one wonders what the real dangers are besides intrusion of freedom to use mobile devices. There might be a day similar to the time when smokers were made to partake in their habit in designated areas, with the introduction of cell-free dining zones...at least one could hope.

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