Personal (But Illegal) Mobile Phone Jammers Getting More Popular?

from the doesn't-seem-all-that-helpful dept

We've known for a while that mobile phone jammers were popular with places like hotels even though they were illegal. And while a US firm selling the devices is involved in a lawsuit claiming that banning the devices is unconstitutional, they're still very much barred. Yet, as the NY Times reports this weekend, overseas sellers of the devices (including personal ones that you can keep in your pocket) are seeing growing demand from US users, including random people who just like to mess with mobile phone chatters around them. Of course, for those of you tempted to annoy those who normally annoy you with their chatter, at least recognize that the fine for getting caught using these devices starts at $11,000.


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    TheDock22, Nov 5th, 2007 @ 1:22pm

    Wow!

    Now these would be useful in Walmart! Imagine a world where you can shop without hundreds of people yammering away on a cell phone...

     

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    Shagasaur, Nov 5th, 2007 @ 1:24pm

    Cool!

    These need to be standard issue in theaters!

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Nov 5th, 2007 @ 1:29pm

    Nice for blocking cell phone triggered IED's in Iraq....

     

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    thepi, Nov 5th, 2007 @ 1:31pm

    Re: Cool!

    I would rather people have common courtesy/decency/respect for others than force them to be cut off from the outside world. It is really disappointing that all of those are continually decreasing....

     

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    Driving Safety, Nov 5th, 2007 @ 1:33pm

    Along ride to work

    I think signs posting that all Cellualr communication is being jammed should be posted with these jammers around schools. It scares me when I see people on cell phones or texting when children are present.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Nov 5th, 2007 @ 1:33pm

    Imagine this, you are in the middle of an important phone call, and some moron carrying a jamming device forces your cell phone out of service.

    I would definatly say that personal use of such a device should stay illegal!

    However, there is nothing wrong with a movie theater, or a classroom as this technology can prevent unwanted disruptions

     

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    dazcon5, Nov 5th, 2007 @ 1:36pm

    Re: Re: Cool!

    I agree on your points, if everyone would just be a little more civil with one another....

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Nov 5th, 2007 @ 1:38pm

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    Have you ever seen someone in a public venue talking on a cell phone who didn't think it was an "important" phone call?

     

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    James, Nov 5th, 2007 @ 1:40pm

    Movie Theatres

    If I had one of these it would ALWAYS go with me to movie theatres where a-holes decide a quiet theatre is the place to answer a call... if you need your phone that badly maybe you shouldn't be at the movies.

     

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    TheDock22, Nov 5th, 2007 @ 1:41pm

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    The personal devices should definitely stay illegal. I see no harm though if a business or company wants to use them.

    It might even start up a new wave marketing, "Come to our theater; We won't block your cell phone!"

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Nov 5th, 2007 @ 1:43pm

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    ALL of my calls are important because I'M important.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Nov 5th, 2007 @ 1:43pm

    Re: Re:

    even still, if jamming were legal, doesn't that defeat the purpose of having a cell phone? You buy a phone to talk, and people buy a jamming device so you can't talk.

    Also, the jamming of a phone is denying other people service which they pay good money for.

     

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    Casper, Nov 5th, 2007 @ 1:50pm

    Wow...

    People in our society are getting absurd in their inability to handle social interactions. Why can't people just ask them to get off the phone? Honestly, if you have a valid complain, such as a quiet restaurant or a theater, 99% of people will already be trying to hurry the conversation along, so if you mention something, they generally just hang up. If not, the theater staff will deal with them.

    Jamming cell phones is illegal for a reason. Basically you are creating a transmission dead zone that has consequences for everyone else broadcasting on that frequency such as police, fire fighters, ambulance crews, everyone who uses a two way cell signal. Another thing to consider is the way it jams the signal is by generating large amounts of interference, which can cause problems with other electronic devices.

    Come on people, how is trading an annoying person on a phone for an annoying person with a jammer a good solution? No matter how annoying someone is, you really don't have special rights that negate their own rights. I personally have never had a problem, if someone is talking on their phone, I ask them to stop. It is up to restaurants and theaters to regulate people, if they choose not to, then it is their choice as a private business to do so.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Nov 5th, 2007 @ 1:54pm

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    I agree 100 percent. Devices like these should be legalized for valid uses, such as movie theaters, classrooms, and other gatherings where cell phone usage would cause a large disturbance. Such devices would have to be strictly licensed and regulated of course, but there is definitely a valid use. If people don't like not being able to use their phone in the theater, then they can just stay home. After all, if they're on the phone, they're obviously not that interested in the movie anyway.

     

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    Jack Tramiel, Nov 5th, 2007 @ 1:54pm

    It's their own damn fault!

    If people weren't rude with their cell phones, these jamming devices would never have been invented.

    You reap what you sow!

     

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    Mike, Nov 5th, 2007 @ 1:55pm

    Re: Cool!

    I disagree with you. My line of work requires me to be on call, so if I am out with the family at the movies, I will be unable to get calls, and if I don't get phone calls, I don't make money.

     

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    Not!, Nov 5th, 2007 @ 1:58pm

    Re: Along ride to work

    I guess it should be illegal to have a phone around children.

     

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    Jack Tramiel, Nov 5th, 2007 @ 2:00pm

    Re: Re: Cool!

    Then stay away from places where these devices are being used when you're on call. Or, find another job.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Nov 5th, 2007 @ 2:01pm

    Why can't people just ask them to get off the phone?

    the last time somebody told me to get off my phone i fucked them up.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Nov 5th, 2007 @ 2:01pm

    No one should be able to block the use of a perfectly legal device and service you pay for. At the same time, you owe common courtesy to not disrupt and annoy those around you.

    I also think businesses should have the option of installing these devices provided they give public notice such devices are in use.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Nov 5th, 2007 @ 2:03pm

    Re: Re: Cool!

    Take your call...outside the theater or restaurant. That's what voice mail and caller ID is for, you can turn it on vibrate and get up and leave when it vibrates.

    If you don't have vibrate, get a phone that does, you owe that to the others you are a nuisance to.

     

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    TheDock22, Nov 5th, 2007 @ 2:03pm

    Re: Wow...

    No matter how annoying someone is, you really don't have special rights that negate their own rights

    I agree, with respects to personally carrying one, but businesses have every right to do what they want as far as allowing customers on cell phones. As long as they have clear signs saying if you enter this building you will not have a cell phone signal, then why not? If you do not like it, do no go to that business.

    Beside they can block the certain cell phone signal (I just read up on these, pretty cool) without interfering with emergency lines.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Nov 5th, 2007 @ 2:07pm

    What about parents with children?

    You say that if you might need to get a call you should just not go to a theater or a restaruant. Well what about parents who have children and want to go out and have whoever is watching the kids be able to get hold of them in an emergency. Are you saying that parents should ALSO not ever go out?

     

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    Jack Tramiel, Nov 5th, 2007 @ 2:08pm

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    You apparently are not polite about your cell phone use. People like you are the reason why these devices were invented in the 1st place.

     

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    Colin, Nov 5th, 2007 @ 2:13pm

    Replacing Annoying with Annoying

    When the people with cell phones start to annoy us, we'll turn to jammers. When the people with jammers start to annoy us, we'll turn to intrusive laws. When intrusive laws start to annoy us, we'll turn to anarchy.

    Is that what everyone really wants!? Anarchy?

     

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    Casper, Nov 5th, 2007 @ 2:16pm

    Re: Re: Wow...


    I agree, with respects to personally carrying one, but businesses have every right to do what they want as far as allowing customers on cell phones. As long as they have clear signs saying if you enter this building you will not have a cell phone signal, then why not? If you do not like it, do no go to that business.


    Exactly, you can't block everyones signal in a theater (and those outside) from using mobile devices just because you don't like it. The owner of the location is the only one to make that decision since it will impact their business. I have no problem with a business deciding to do it, although it would be almost impossible for them to get it approved by the government.

    Beside they can block the certain cell phone signal (I just read up on these, pretty cool) without interfering with emergency lines.


    They can block a frequency, the problem is that a lot of government people use normal cell phones from the same carriers as the public for a lot of what they do. It's becoming more and more common for agencies to use someone like NexTel or sprint as a standard, which means if you choose to block the 1900mhz frequency, you are blocking all kinds of GSM traffic such as TMobile, Sprint, AT&T, and I'm sure more. Of course, not all phones are on the same frequency, so while you are fiddling with your personal jammer, you might be disconnecting everyone else who isn't even your target.

     

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    Random User, Nov 5th, 2007 @ 2:16pm

    Re: Re: Cool!

    I call BS on this one. I'm required to be on call at times too. When I am I don't go to the frickin' movies. Give me a break. It's decision based on decency and courtesy to others.

    I can't stand paying to go see a movie and have to listen to someone on their cell phone or, the person in front of me texting.

     

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    R. H., Nov 5th, 2007 @ 2:16pm

    Jammer Over-Ride?

    If I remember correctly, RF jamming devices work by transmitting white noise in a frequency or (frequencies) with more power than the device that it is trying to jam. So, couldn't a cellphone user just use an (equally illegal by the way) amplifier with an antenna in, lets say, a book bag or something? If I ran into too many jamming devices with my phone then I'd invest in a quite powerful RF amplifier and see who jams me then ^_^

     

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    ehrichweiss, Nov 5th, 2007 @ 2:18pm

    Re: Wow...

    Another thing to consider is the way it jams the signal is by generating large amounts of interference, which can cause problems with other electronic devices.

    Not entirely true. Most of them simply nullify(1 +(-1)=0) the specific cell phone frequencies and leave the rest alone. A little research will show you that the people who design the jammers actually think of the exact same stuff you mention and design around it. They also typically limit the effective range to within 50 feet or so.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Nov 5th, 2007 @ 2:21pm

    /| ignore the above slippery slope, this way of thinking is quite flawed, and shouldn't be taken seriously.

     

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    ehrichweiss, Nov 5th, 2007 @ 2:23pm

    Re: Jammer Over-Ride?

    You're NOT remembering correctly. These days jammers use a method that nullifies the specific signal they are targeting. The fun thing about those is that the more powerful your RF amp, the more powerful the nullification signal.

    X + (-X)=0, no matter what the size of X.

     

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    Dave, Nov 5th, 2007 @ 2:24pm

    Re: Wow!

    That's easy to fix - don't shop at Walmart.

    Shop for trash WITH the trash ... that's the Walmart way.

     

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    ehrichweiss, Nov 5th, 2007 @ 2:26pm

    Re: Re: Re: Wow...

    I have no problem with a business deciding to do it, although it would be almost impossible for them to get it approved by the government.

    Businesses(nor homeowners or anyone who has the right to modify their buildings) don't need these jammers to do that in the first place. Read up on the "Faraday Cage" and its effects on radio signals. No electronics required.

     

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    Hodgii, Nov 5th, 2007 @ 2:26pm

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    Well you are either a stupid asshole or a liar...

     

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    Random User, Nov 5th, 2007 @ 2:29pm

    Re: Re:

    More likely a little of both. Probably didn't graduate high school. We'll most likely end up supporting this person on welfare or through prison system.

     

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    Luke, Nov 5th, 2007 @ 2:30pm

    Constant Contact

    Good lord people...there was a time less then 10 years ago when we all made it just fine without constant contact.

    If you're a parent and you're that worried that you need to have your cell then you should NOT be going out without your child. Anyone over the age of 15 made it to this point without having cell phones to connect us to our parents 24/7 so your kid can make it too.

    Next if you're on call...you can stay at home or be some place where receiving a call isn't an annoyance to those around you.

    And they should run jamming around the interstate (minus shoulder areas) because do you know how hard it is to txt, drive at 75mph, and eat a McDonald's hamburger is?

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Nov 5th, 2007 @ 2:40pm

    Re: Re: Wow...

    Because it would still be illegal. A business can post whatever (legal) signs it wants, and a business can prohibit cell phone use, but when a business prohibits someone from making an emergency phone call, they could have civil and criminal liability. I also wouldn't limit "emergency" phone calls to 911 calls. Business don't get special rights on their property that individuals don't have on their own property.

    I also agree that if you're willing to commit a crime to avoid a minor verbal confrontation with an individual in public, you shouldn't be in public.

     

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    Claire Rand, Nov 5th, 2007 @ 2:49pm

    Private Property?

    i'd say these things should be legal, on private property only, and clearly sign posted.

    range to be limited so the effect is say 90% on the private property only.

    in a public place illegal, I'd go as far to have a license requirement.

    now if a cinema wants to be mobile free it can be, and if another one wants to allow phones thats fine too. people will go to whatever they want.

    random jamming in public is a bad idea.

    public transport, well you don't need a jammer, design the vehicle to block signals passively, faraday cage etc.

    as for liability for blocking an 'important call' thats the point behind the signs and private property only. when you go in you accept the limits on the service.

    this can't be too hard.

    places will probably on block the signals if they think its good for business to do so.

     

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    A.C., Nov 5th, 2007 @ 2:49pm

    Scenario

    You're at the mall in the movie theater, happily enjoying a ringtone-free experience. When it's over, you get up to leave, pleased with yourself that your pocket-jammer saved it for everyone. You shut it off so you can make a call. On your way out, you pass someone else in the mall coming out of an restaurant adjacent to the theater, talking on their now working phone. "What do mean my patient just died? Why didn't you call me?"

    Still pleased with yourself?

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Nov 5th, 2007 @ 2:57pm

    Re: Re: Re: Cool!

    Which is probably what he does...

     

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    Moderate American, Nov 5th, 2007 @ 2:58pm

    Anonymous Coward...

    The problem is... what if I'm dialing 911 for a REAL emergency, and some moron either doesn't know this is a real emergency or just wants to screw around...

    This is simply a case of vigilantism. Let law enforcement deal with enforcing the laws fairly and with common sense! Whenever regular people get involved with regulating the public, the public gets screwed.

    ---- Constant contact....dude... come on... Ties change. this isn't 1970. Its stupid to say that just because we've only had technology for a few years, that we can simply do without it today. Today cel phones are a "required" or at least heavily relied upon piece of communication equipment for business and families alike. Just because you think people did without it yesterday has nothing to do with the argument of how we use the technology today and tomorrow.

     

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    Mike M (not Mike Masnick), Nov 5th, 2007 @ 3:08pm

    Um...

    I pay for my service, pay a lot in fact. It doesn't matter how important that call is, there's no real reason that I need to be shut off from a call.

    Now, having said that, I am curtious enough to turn the phone on vibrate in a movie theatre or when I was in college in a class.

    The resteraunt argument or anything ragarding a public place doesn't make sense. What's the difference if I am on the phone talking, or talking to a person physically next to me???

    As a parent that phone is my lifeline to my child at home. If I lose signal for 4 hours while I'm out for dinner and a movie with my wife and something happens to my child how will I know? Oh yeah, once I get signal again when I'm on my way home when my kid has been in the hospital for the past 4 hours bleeding to death. What was I thinking...

    These devices should remain illegal. What would happen if there was an emergency situation and 911 was the only way to alert authorities?? How would anyone be able to get help?? I would think the person who set up the device would have liability for anything that happened in that kind of a situation (although I'm no a lawyer).




    RE: Constant Contact by Luke

    Good lord people...there was a time less then 10 years ago when we all made it just fine without constant contact.

    There was a time when we scavenged for food in forests and our clothes were made from animal hide that we tore of the beasts by hand or with tools made out of rocks/sticks.

    If you're a parent and you're that worried that you need to have your cell then you should NOT be going out without your child. Anyone over the age of 15 made it to this point without having cell phones to connect us to our parents 24/7 so your kid can make it too.

    Have you ever heard of an emergency? Wouldn't you like to know if you child got hurt and is in the hospital? This doesn't apply only to parents, but ANY emergency.

     

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    TheDock22, Nov 5th, 2007 @ 3:11pm

    Points Missed

    Here are some arguments that I don't quite understand:

    1) Parents have been going out for decades and have done just fine. Leave the number of the restaurant or theater.

    2) Businesses would be liable for not making emergency calls. Not really, they can just provide a pay phone. 911 calls are free.

    3) Breach of service contract? Nah, people always have a choice to not go somewhere.

    4) The doctor and his patient dying. If a patient is going to do because one doctor can't get a call...you have more problems than just a blocked phone. There is ALWAYS a backup doctor.

     

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    "In cars" add your own 80's synth, Nov 5th, 2007 @ 3:32pm

    Finally someone mentioned cars on here. Yeah just ask them to get off the phone. Honk at them tap on the glass hit there bumper. Oh, finally you got there attention...now ask them to get off the damned phone... right before they shoot you.

    Cars have always represented autonomy and for the discourteous and just plan stupid they take this to the Nth degree. Whether traveling at high speeds or bumper to bumper there are times when someone knocking some idiot off there "CELL" phone could save lives or at least prevent some road rage.

    If your call is that important and you can't get a signal ...pull over and or use a land-line. Hell that right there might improve social skills. Learning once again how to ask some if you can use there phone.

    Whaaa, whaaa "But I paid for this service" that I can't use this very minute even though I'm driving and listening to the radio. I still can't tell my friend about the dummy who just walked into a pole while calling in to the radio show.

    "But, I paid for it" either by the minute or an unlimited plan. Your being charged when using the phone or you'd have paid the same amount anyway. OMG I cant use the phone I'm paying for, for a whole three minutes.

    "But, but.. I PAID FOR IT ...damn You!"

     

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    Nismoto, Nov 5th, 2007 @ 4:06pm

    Re: Re: Re: Cool!

    You ignorant people, like Random Loser here:

    Just because someone is "on call" does not mean they are disruptive.

    I need to be on call very often. Like Mike, I go to the movies while on call. And just like Mike I put my phone on vibrate. When I get a call I have two chioces: 1) Step into the lobby and take the call or 2) ignore it. Nobody in the theater is disturbed or even aware that I got a call.

    THINK! Especially before you spew your BS all over the page.

    PS - How do you listen to someone texting?

     

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    Nismoto, Nov 5th, 2007 @ 4:14pm

    Re: Coward, the baby killer...

    Nothing wrong with jamming cell phone signals in theaters??? How about doctors on call (with their phones set on vibrate of course).

    While you're at it, you might as well install baby blenders at the theaters as well. That would definitely prevent some unwanted disruptions.

     

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    Nismoto, Nov 5th, 2007 @ 4:15pm

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    True dat!

     

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    no one, Nov 5th, 2007 @ 4:19pm

    About the "I paid fot it" argument...

    Some of you have stated that you paid for your phone service and that no one has the right to interrupt it. But you have overlooked the obvious... PEOPLE ALSO PAID FOR THE MOVIE and you have no right to interrupt that either.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Nov 5th, 2007 @ 4:22pm

    Re: Points Missed

    Yes, and if you (or someone in your family) were waiting on a kidney, would you:

    a) stay at home round the clock for weeks, months, or years until a compatible kidney is found.
    b) trust the cashier at the theater to raise the lights in the theater, interrupt the movie and pass on the message, versus blowing it off as a crank call.

    Yep, we've been doing just fine all these decades without cell phones. All those inconvenient emergencies just went ahead and died.

     

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    Overcast, Nov 5th, 2007 @ 4:29pm

    No matter how annoying someone is, you really don't have special rights that negate their own rights

    But that works two ways - why do you have the right to tell someone they can't own an electronic device?

    So - regardless of the fact if your call gets disconnected and you get annoyed - you don't have special rights that negate their right, correct?

     

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    Nismoto, Nov 5th, 2007 @ 4:31pm

    Re: Constant Contact

    Anyone over the age of 15 made it to this point without having cell phones to connect us to our parents 24/7 so your kid can make it too.
    People made it through the Dark Ages, too. Do we really need to revert back to those days? It's called progression.

    Next if you're on call...you can stay at home or be some place where receiving a call isn't an annoyance to those around you.
    SILENT MODE AKA VIBRATE!!!!!!!!!!

    And they should run jamming around the interstate (minus shoulder areas) because do you know how hard it is to txt, drive at 75mph, and eat a McDonald's hamburger is?
    Then they should ban eating McDonald's hamburgers, especially on the shoulders since that is where all the trash ends up.

    Really, your points are pretty moronic

     

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    Nismoto, Nov 5th, 2007 @ 4:35pm

    Theaters?

    To hell with theaters, I just download the torrent and watch it at home ;-)

     

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    matt, Nov 5th, 2007 @ 4:38pm

    Re: About the "I paid fot it" argument...

    What jamming is, is called theft of personal property. You are blocking someone else's signal. Thats why its illegal. Oh and the small fact that if there's an emergency, well you can thank the theatre for now blocking your phone huh?

    Also, you can be hit with 1st amendment charges too. Stifle someone's speech a little/censorship?

    I hope they put people who jam away to jail, not just fine em, unfortunately first offense doesn't hit that probably.

    Just wait for that to happen anywhere with a blocker and it'll be a GIANT oops. The problem is being able to prove the blocker (I can't find any jammer detectors on the market).

     

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    wifezilla, Nov 5th, 2007 @ 4:39pm

    ?

    2 people taking and laughing to each other in public...nobody says a word. One person talking on a cell phone and everyone gets their panties in a wad. (My dad and ex-step mom are like this.)

    Am I missing something or are there just a lot of idiots on the lose?

     

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    thesavage, Nov 5th, 2007 @ 4:43pm

    Re: Imagine this

    "Imagine this, you are in the middle of an important phone call, and some moron carrying a jamming device forces your cell phone out of service."
    if your in the middle of such a important call -- stay in your damn car -- it sucks getting stuck inline between 2 smucks flapping their lips on a phone.hell i was in the store today and a woman was standing in the middle of the isle flapping her lips acting like the whole world should stop for her call. -- theSavage

     

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    thesavage, Nov 5th, 2007 @ 4:53pm

    Re: Re: Re: Wow...

    see that thing over on the wall? its called a pay phones -- see that big ass hole in the wall? its called a door -- go outside. how did ppl get help before the cell phone came along? Did some one have to run done the street to the fire station?

     

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    Asher Schweigart, Nov 5th, 2007 @ 4:57pm

    Re: Re: Re: Cool!

    Insensitive!

    Maybe his job requires him to be on call a lot, maybe even 24/7. As he says, "if I don't get phone calls, I don't make money" Notice he said get calls, not talk. It very easy to have your phone on vibrate in a theater, and walk outside the room to take your call if necessary.

    I've never understood this huge problem people have with public cell talk. Unless the person is talking unnecessarily loud, i don't see the problem. Yeah I know a lot of people do talk loudly, but that is the problem that should be fixed, not using a phone in public.

     

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    Asher Schweigart, Nov 5th, 2007 @ 4:58pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Cool!

    Thank God, another sane, realistic person does exist!

     

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    Asher Schweigart, Nov 5th, 2007 @ 5:06pm

    Re: What about parents with children?

    As commented above, same goes for emergency personnel. As far as i know, most volunteer firefighters are on call 24/7, at least in small towns with few fires and firefighters (i may be wrong, but still...) Who is to say they can't ever go to the movies or dinner, or why should they have to go off call durng these times.

    Imagine blocking signals like that "I'm sorry that your house burnt down sir, but too many of our firefighters were out to diner and didn't receive the call" RiDICKulous, Anonymous Dick

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Nov 5th, 2007 @ 5:07pm

    Re: Re: About the "I paid fot it" argument...

    well what about I paid for my cell phone jammer and i want to use it?

     

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    Asher Schweigart, Nov 5th, 2007 @ 5:13pm

    Re: Re: Re: Wow...

    I also agree that if you're willing to commit a crime to avoid a minor verbal confrontation with an individual in public, you shouldn't be in public.

    I ddn't see anyone say this before, but how true. If you have a problem with people using cell phones in WalMart, DON'T GO!!!

     

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    Falindraun, Nov 5th, 2007 @ 5:17pm

    Re: Wow...

    Every person I ask to hang up on their call for polite reasons either ignores me completely or tells me to f*** off. Thats why I think the jammers are a great idea.

     

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    FamilyMan, Nov 5th, 2007 @ 5:24pm

    Re: Wow!

    What about the people who have to call home to find out what what their wives needed to finish off the Thanksgiving meal or the cake for their child's first birthday?

     

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    Asher Schweigart, Nov 5th, 2007 @ 5:31pm

    Re: Constant Contact

    Anyone over the age of 15 made it to this point without having cell phones to connect us to our parents 24/7 so your kid can make it too.

    Yeah, and back then, parents left numbers/names of places they would be for the babysitter. If your kid hurts them self and has to go to the hospital, or there is some other emergency, you want to know about it!

    P.S. Techdirt wasn't around until 10 years ago, maybe you should consider why you need that!

     

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    Michael Irwin, Nov 5th, 2007 @ 5:37pm

    Birth Repair Money and Impending Death

    If someone blocks cellular calls many things could happen:
    1) Expecting parents could miss the call that their child is being born. 2) Your repair man may not get the call to come out and restore your power, telephone or internet. 3) It may cause some business thousands of dollars due to missed service agreements. 4) You might get cut off when your getting the news that a loved one has been critically injured and may not make it through the night......
    Do we really want to block cellular communications???

     

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    Asher Schweigart, Nov 5th, 2007 @ 5:40pm

    Re: Points Missed

    2) Businesses would be liable for not making emergency calls. Not really, they can just provide a pay phone. 911 calls are free.

    There are plenty of situations that i can think of where you might not be able to get to the pay phone in the establishment. I'm no lawyer, but i see no reason why the establishment wouldn't be liable for the results.

     

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    Businessman, Nov 5th, 2007 @ 5:50pm

    Business Use

    TheDock22 is right. There are absolutely legitimate business uses for jammers. For example, my company builds and operates multi-unit housing (apartments). When we build an apartment complex we include all the utility infrastructure including water distribution and metering, electricity distribution and metering, cable, and telephone. We then sell these services to our customers, the residents. For the telephone part we have our own switch fed with multiple T1 lines that we lease from the local incumbent telco and then we provide telephone service through our own equipment and on-property wires to our customers. This is all on our own private property and no other service providers allowed on our property so this is an important source of revenue for us. The problem is that in recent years many of our customers have been opting to disconnect from our phone service and use cell phones instead which of course interferes with our business model. The lease that all our customers must sign clearly states that we are to be the sole provider telephone services on our property so we consider this to be theft. Up until now we have been powerless to prevent this since jammers are illegal. We clearly have a legitimate business need to be able to jam these signals and our association has been lobbying congress and petitioning the FCC to allow jammers for business use. Many hotels have also joined us in this effort. Hopefully we will be able get this stupid restriction changed.

    Now in our latest project under construction we are including special screening in the walls and windows to keep cell phone signals out of our buildings. But there is still the problem of people stepping outside to use their cell phones. We have rules against loitering that say that walkways and such can only be used for ingress and egress which makes such activities a lease violation, but enforcement is difficult and expensive. (24 hour guards don't come cheap) So even with fully screened buildings jammers are still needed.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Nov 5th, 2007 @ 5:54pm

    Re: Re: Constant Contact

    "Yeah, and back then, parents left numbers/names of places they would be for the babysitter."

    Yeah, so they can do it now too.

     

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    hubbyzilla, Nov 5th, 2007 @ 6:04pm

    Re: ?

    2 people taking and laughing to each other in public...nobody says a word.
    Not true. I've seen more than one group of loudmouths asked to either quieten it down or leave.

    Am I missing something
    You're either missing it or ignoring it. I suspect the latter.

    are there just a lot of idiots on the lose?
    Yes, there are quite a few of you.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Nov 5th, 2007 @ 6:12pm

    Re: Scenario

    "What do mean my patient just died? Why didn't you call me?"

    That's about as stupid as saying that doctors shouldn't be allowed to go to the bathroom because their patients might die while they're in there. Get a clue: That's why hospitals have more than one doctor.

     

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    Asher Schweigart (AsherMaximum), Nov 5th, 2007 @ 6:23pm

    In checkout

    As you can see from my previous posts, I think blocking phones is bullcrap, but just one more place that people should be courteous and not talk on their cell is the checkout line. Not while waiting in line, but when you get to the cashier. I worked as a cashier for a year or so, and let me tell you, nothing is more annoying n that job than when someone totally ignores you and just talks on their cell.

    However, that doesn't mean cell signals should be blocked n the checkout line (which from the article it sounds like t would be possible to limit it to that area), but instead people should take the common courtesy to say to the person on the other end, "Hold on, I'm in at the checkout lne", and the put the phone down, pay the cashier, and the resume their conversation.
    And if business want to, any cell phone usage rule can be enforced. Yes, some may be hard, but if your are n the theater and someone is on the phone, far enough away the you can't easily say something to them, just get the attendant outside and tell them that someone is on the phone in the theater. Problem solved. And no, i don't think anyone will think of you as a "tattle-tale", just thank you for stopping the disturbance. As for the checkout line, have seen many businesses who solve the problem with signs at the check, "We will be happy to serve you when you are finished with your phone call" A simple point at the sign by the cashier to a person talking on the cell when they should be completing their transaction fxes the problem

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Nov 5th, 2007 @ 6:27pm

    Re: Re: Along ride to work

    I guess it should be illegal to have a phone around children. Think of the children!

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Nov 5th, 2007 @ 6:32pm

    Re: Re:

    Well you are either a stupid asshole or a liar...

    say that to my face and i'll fuck you up to

     

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    Whatzit2ya, Nov 5th, 2007 @ 6:33pm

    What scares me

    With Halloween just getting over. I can’t help but point out the worst case scenario. “And no stealing it for a new horror flick- bad writers, bad!”
    That is, what happens when a rapist or mugger, gets a hold of one of these. He could corner someone in a dark ally or deserted parking structure. And then cut off their only means of calling for help.

    Casper’s got the right idea. Teach our kids some manners. That is to say that some of us still have some?

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Nov 5th, 2007 @ 6:37pm

    Re: Re: Jammer Over-Ride?

    "These days jammers use a method that nullifies the specific signal they are targeting." Not these. They just bury the signal in noise. You're not an electrical engineer, are you?

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Nov 5th, 2007 @ 6:38pm

    On call, jamming and others

    I used to work on call. Back then I carried a pager. I put the pager on vibrate when I went to the movies or restaurant. Problem solved. Some people work on call so that others have services they want without those service providers having to charge more money for staffing a person. Making their on-call life restricted to home, etc. is not an answer.

    Also, mentioned in the story, are hotels. They want to jam your signal so you use their over-priced inhouse telephone service.

    Sure a lot of this would be buyer-beware should these things be legal -- but they are not.

    Common decency and courtesy is uncommon and that's really the problem. You can't legislate or jam that.

     

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    Monarch, Nov 5th, 2007 @ 6:40pm

    Re: What about parents with children?

    Wasn't a problem 10-15 years ago. Now was it? Back then, parents checked in with the baby sitter. Friggin overprotective parents now days. Maybe you should stay home with your kids and teach them what the public schools aren't. How to read and write, with maybe a side of common courtesy.

     

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    AsherMaximum (Asher Schweigart), Nov 5th, 2007 @ 6:43pm

    Re: Business Use

    What the hell!!!
    That is total bullcrap. You have no right to force people to have your phone service. That's a monopoly. People should have the right to use whatever they want or property they lease, as long as it doesn't damage your property (as having other phone or cable lines, or a satellite dish installed would), or pose safety hazards, as a kero space heater would (stealing your ability to charge them for the electricity to heat their apt.)

    But using a cell instead of your line doesn't damage your property in any way, nor does it pose any safety hazards. Blocking that would be like people from buying bottled water and drinking it on your property!

     

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    Monarch, Nov 5th, 2007 @ 6:46pm

    Re: Re: Re:

    Can't, because you're an Anonymous Coward! HA!

     

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    AsherMaximum (Asher Schweigart), Nov 5th, 2007 @ 6:46pm

    Re: Re: What about parents with children?

    We're not talking about people "checking in" with their kids, we're talking about the kid/babysitter contacting the parent in case of emergency

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Nov 5th, 2007 @ 6:49pm

    Re: Re: Points Missed

    a) stay at home round the clock for weeks, months, or years until a compatible kidney is found.
    b) trust the cashier at the theater to raise the lights in the theater, interrupt the movie and pass on the message, versus blowing it off as a crank call.
    That's why such patients carry satellite pagers. Geographically speaking, most of the US has no cell phone coverage so depending on one to save your life would stupid.

    Yep, we've been doing just fine all these decades without cell phones. All those inconvenient emergencies just went ahead and died.
    Do you have any actual examples of people dying because their cell phones were jammed? I thought not.

    It's amazing how quickly some people will resort to outlandish claims to support their position not matter how obviously stupid such claims are.

    Speaking of stupid, do you have any more stupid made-up scenarios?

     

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    Monarch, Nov 5th, 2007 @ 6:52pm

    Re: Anonymous Coward...

    "This is simply a case of vigilantism. Let law enforcement deal with enforcing the laws fairly and with common sense! Whenever regular people get involved with regulating the public, the public gets screwed."

    Whenever Law Enforcement gets involved with regulating the public, the public gets tazored!

     

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    AsherMaximum (Asher Schweigart), Nov 5th, 2007 @ 6:56pm

    Re: Re: ?

    You both seem to be missing the key difference: the volume of the conversation, whether on a cell or in person.
    Two People in a restaurant talking loudly or people in a movie theater talking at all, are just as rude and disruptive, if not more (twice the people!) as a single person on a cell.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Nov 5th, 2007 @ 7:13pm

    Re: Re: Business Use

    That is total bullcrap. You have no right to force people to have your phone service. That's a monopoly.
    It's private property and the owner can do whatever he wants with it as long as no laws are being broken.

    People should have the right to use whatever they want or property they lease, as long as it doesn't damage your property
    Not if the lease prohibits it. People don't have to live there if they don't want to.

    But using a cell instead of your line doesn't damage your property in any way,
    It damages the owner's income. That income is part of the payment the owner expects for the usage of his private property. It's called capitalism. Communists ans socialists always want to take away the rights of private property owners. Which are you?

    Blocking that would be like people from buying bottled water and drinking it on your property!
    You don't get out much do you? I've been to many restaurants and other places that will only serve bottled water (that they probably bottle from the tap in the back room) and won't let you bring your own in either. The last was an outdoor concert in 100F+ heat. Water was going for over $15 per little bottle and people were glad to get it! Now that's capitalism done right!

     

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    none, Nov 5th, 2007 @ 7:17pm

    Re: Re: Business Use

    FCC just came down on that.. No more cable agreements that lock out competition.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Nov 5th, 2007 @ 7:22pm

    Re: In checkout

    people should take the common courtesy to say to the person on the other end, "Hold on, I'm in at the checkout lne", and the put the phone down, pay the cashier, and the resume their conversation.
    What people should do and what they actually do are often different things. That's why we have police and prisons. That's reality.

    As for the checkout line, have seen many businesses who solve the problem with signs at the check, "We will be happy to serve you when you are finished with your phone call"
    Just exactly how "many" is this "many"? One? Two? None? I have never, ever seen such a sign. But then, I don't live in fantasy land either. Maybe things are different there.

     

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    Businessman, Nov 5th, 2007 @ 7:36pm

    Re: Re: Re: Business Use

    FCC just came down on that.. No more cable agreements that lock out competition.

    We don't do that so that doesn't affect us (or hotels with their own systems). We actually have our own cable systems, not exclusive agreements with local providers. We own our own equipment, buy satellite feeds and then resell that programming on our own systems. It's all perfectly legal.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Nov 5th, 2007 @ 7:41pm

    Re: Re: Anonymous Coward...

    "Whenever Law Enforcement gets involved with regulating the public, the public gets tazored!"

    Jammers are sure better than tazers!

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Nov 5th, 2007 @ 7:46pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Wow...

    Businesses(nor homeowners or anyone who has the right to modify their buildings) don't need these jammers to do that in the first place. Read up on the "Faraday Cage" and its effects on radio signals. No electronics required.

    No need? Retrofitting shielding to entire buildings is EXPENSIVE! Jammers are much, much cheaper. So yes, they DO need them!

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Nov 5th, 2007 @ 7:49pm

    Other uses

    I wonder if these things could be modified to jam police radios?

     

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    Hodgii, Nov 5th, 2007 @ 8:07pm

    Re: Re: Re:

    Put your name up and we'll see, douchebag

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Nov 5th, 2007 @ 8:43pm

    Re: Re: Re: ?

    You both seem to be missing the key difference: the volume of the conversation, whether on a cell or in person.
    No, I'm not missing that. But that is only part of the difference.

    1. Cell phone conversatons do tend to be louder than other converstions. Even land-line conversations. That's why land-line phones had something called "sidetone". Basically what sidetone did was to feed part of your own side of the conversation back into your own phone to give you some feedback as to how loudly you were speaking. Otherwise people tended to yell into their phones. But to make sidetone work without feedback 'squeal' or echoes required the phones to separate the transmitter (microphone) and receiver (speaker) by several inches, among other things. Remember what traditional telephone handsets looked like? There was a reason for that. This turned out to be a hard thing to do on cell phones due to their small size and so the manufacturers just eliminated sidetone. The result is that people tend to yell into their cell phones.

    2. One sided conversations are much more annoying and intrusive than two sided ones. Our brains are wired to interrupt our other thought processes when we hear someone speaking to us. If there is another voice already responding to what is being said then then that our brains can filter it out if it isn't too loud. This is what gives us the amazing ability to carry on a conversation with another person in the middle of a party in a room full of other talking people. But if our brain doesn't hear someone else responding then the filter turns off and we are made aware of it. It is this constant interruption by a one sided conversation to our train of thought that is more annoying and intrusive than regular conversation.

    You can make an analogy with odors. Hey, odors are odors, right? Yes, but not all odors are the same and some are more objectionable than others. People who claim to not understand the difference between cell phone conversations and regular conversations are about as credible as those who claim to not under the difference between the odor of a fart and that of a rose.

     

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    ur worst nitemare, Nov 5th, 2007 @ 8:50pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re:

    Put your name up and we'll see, douchebag

    i'm ur worst nitemare. who r u bitch?

     

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    Tempest, Nov 5th, 2007 @ 8:56pm

    Re: #67

    Tell you what "businessman", you tell us what your business is and we'll make sure to let people know to avoid trying to talk anywhere near it.

    The actions you've described can be summed up one way: as those of a power-hungry crook. No matter what you may think the airwaves are public property, whether they intersect with your building or not. You have NO right to block cellular transmissions just so you can sell (probably overpriced) phone services, and you should fire any lawyer that tells you otherwise... unless of course they've managed to rewrite the FCC rulebook.

     

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    TheDock22, Nov 5th, 2007 @ 9:39pm

    I guess what I don't understand...

     

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    TheDock22, Nov 5th, 2007 @ 9:43pm

    Re: I guess what I don't understand...

    Sorry, hit the enter too quickly:

    I guess what I don't understand is if some businesses choose to block phone calls with jammers why it is such a hot button issue. Of course not EVERY business is going to do this; it might even open up a commodity business. If movie theater A is blocking calls, but movie theater B is not...the go to movie theater B if you are expecting an important phone call.

    Beside there is nothing stopping you from having a pager and leaving the building in case of an emergency to make a call. I just feel if a business would like to jam signals they should be able to. Personally, I would go to a movie theater that does jam cell phone calls as opposed to one that did not.

    I do not see why allowing cell phones to be jammed should be outlawed. No one is stopping you from going somewhere that does not jam signals. Remember, businesses have the right to refuse service to anyone, including cell phone users.

     

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    Tempest, Nov 5th, 2007 @ 10:33pm

    "I do not see why allowing cell phones to be jammed should be outlawed. No one is stopping you from going somewhere that does not jam signals. Remember, businesses have the right to refuse service to anyone, including cell phone users."

    Simple: The. Air. Waves. Are. PUBLIC.

    Nobody has the right to disrupt content being transmitted though legally government licensed services; it's as simple as that. This is especially true of any venue that caters to the public, as they are legally defined as "public places". Businesses don't operate under the same rules as private residences.

     

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    Willton, Nov 5th, 2007 @ 11:43pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re:

    i'm ur worst nitemare. who r u bitch?

    That's not a name. You're clearly scared to reveal who you really are now that you've made these verbal threats. You're also an awful speller. We are not impressed.

    Oh, and by the way, no one can say anything to your face because you don't have one here. This is the internet. No one has a face here; all we have are names. Thus, it's pretty easy for you to say all kinds of ridiculous things to us in order to compensate for whatever inadequacies you may have (small penis, low self-esteem, parents didn't give you enough hugs, etc.) while hiding behind your computer.

     

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    The Coward at 2:40pm, Nov 6th, 2007 @ 5:57am

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Wow...

    We managed to get along well enough before pay phones, too, but it would also be wrong for you to unplug the pay phone while someone's making a call or intentionally try keep someone from using that pay phone. We got along well enough without cars, but I can't prevent you from using yours, either.

     

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    inc, Nov 6th, 2007 @ 6:03am

    Re: Along ride to work

    Nice to know if there was a school shooting that you couldn't call 911. Stop trampling on people rights.

     

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    Pete, Nov 6th, 2007 @ 6:46am

    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
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    + I would like to use one while I am riding my +
    + Motorcycle +
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    fuse5k, Nov 6th, 2007 @ 8:09am

    thank you

    I have just placed an order for a personal cell phone jammer.

    I didnt even know these things existed until today.

    £140 is a small price to pay for knowing that noone within 10 metres of me will ever annoy me again:D

     

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    Hodgii, Nov 6th, 2007 @ 8:18am

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re:

    Damn! I don't have my English-to-Retard dictionary. Oh well, I'd rather not waste my time arguing with a juvenile idiot.

    Anyway, just to weigh in, I really don't think that cell phones should be blocked. But i think that you should be asked to leave if yours goes off during the movie. Maybe an ejection seat...

     

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    alex, Nov 6th, 2007 @ 8:25am

    Re: Re: Cool!

    So the fucking world revolves around you? Fuck off!

     

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    Le Blue Dude, Nov 6th, 2007 @ 9:12am

    Faraday cages

    You know, for enclosed spaces, like buildings, a good faraday cage could create a useful 'no signal zone' and it would not be illegal. Useful for movie-theaters, group therapy sessions, and other such situations where a cellphone isn't just rude, but you're told not to use them.

     

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    BTR1701, Nov 6th, 2007 @ 11:16am

    Re: Re: Cool!

    > My line of work requires me to be on call,
    > so if I am out with the family at the movies,
    > I will be unable to get calls, and if I don't
    > get phone calls, I don't make money.

    Your need to make money doesn't give you the right to disrupt a movie (or anything else) for everyone around you. And that includes even opening up your phone in a dark theater and illuminating everyone around you with the glow from your phone's screen.

    If you can't go to the movies without turning off your phone for 90 minutes, then might I suggest you don't go to the movies. One word solution: Netflix

     

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    BTR1701, Nov 6th, 2007 @ 11:25am

    Re: What about parents with children?

    > Well what about parents who have children
    > and want to go out and have whoever is watching
    > the kids be able to get hold of them in an
    > emergency.

    Gosh, you'd think that parents were never able to go out and leave their kids with a babysitter before the invention of the cell phone.

    How ever did they do it?

     

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    BTR1701, Nov 6th, 2007 @ 11:28am

    Re: Re: Coward, the baby killer...

    > Nothing wrong with jamming cell phone signals
    > in theaters??? How about doctors on call
    > (with their phones set on vibrate of course).

    As long as there's a sign on the front door explaining that cell transmissions in the theater are blocked, then the doctor who is on call has notice that he'll either have to risk missing a call or come back and see the movie some other time when he's not on duty.

    There's no inalienable right to patronize a movie theater with a cell phone on.

     

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    BTR1701, Nov 6th, 2007 @ 11:35am

    Re: Re: Imagine this

    > hell i was in the store today and a woman was
    > standing in the middle of the isle flapping her
    > lips acting like the whole world should stop for
    > her call.

    I can top that. Was in my apartment building getting on the elevator and this woman runs up just as the doors are sliding closed and sticks her briefcase in between them to hold the elevator. But she doesn't get on. She just stands there holding the doors open and continues her phone conversation-- because she was afraid if she got in the elevator, she'd lose the call. So there she is holding the elevator and apparently expecting the four of us who were already on it to just stand there and wait for her to finish her goddamn phone call. Because in her mind, she apparently expects the world to come to a stop the moment she gets on the phone.

    Yeah, lady, it's your world. The rest of us are just living in it.

     

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    BTR1701, Nov 6th, 2007 @ 11:52am

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Wow...

    > Businesses don't need these jammers to do
    > that in the first place. Read up on the
    > "Faraday Cage" and its effects on radio
    > signals. No electronics required.

    I've been wondering about this myself for a while now. We all know there are places where cell phone signals drop: tunnels, elevators, parking garages, etc. I wonder if we have we reached the point where people think they have a "right" to use their cell phone to such an extent that even constructing a building that is passively cell phone "unfriendly" would be considered illegal jamming?

    Put another way, is there in effect an affirmative requirement to build your structure such that it won't block cell transmissions?

     

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    BTR1701, Nov 6th, 2007 @ 11:59am

    Re: Jammer Over-Ride?

    > If I ran into too many jamming devices with
    > my phone then I'd invest in a quite powerful
    > RF amplifier

    How would you know if you "ran into" someone with a jamming device? Cell phones drop calls all the time and/or lose signal even when they're NOT being jammed. How would you know that your phone dropped the call because someone in the crowd around you had a jammer versus just lousy reception?

     

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    BTR1701, Nov 6th, 2007 @ 12:07pm

    Re: Re: Constant Contact

    > People made it through the Dark Ages, too.
    > Do we really need to revert back to those days?

    Are you seriously suggesting that not being able to use a cell phone for 90 minutes in a movie theater is the equivalent to reversion to the Dark Ages?

    Seriously?

    God help you, if you are.

    > SILENT MODE AKA VIBRATE

    Those little screens light up like fireworks in a dark theater. Even on vibrate these fucking cell phones can be annoying as hell. Nothing like trying to watch a movie while a half-dozen teenagers are incessantly texting each other all over the theater and their phones are glowing like fireflies right in your eyeline to the movie screen.

     

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    Hodgii, Nov 6th, 2007 @ 12:13pm

    Re: Re: Re: Cool!

    The fact is, courtesy goes both ways, I am on call all of the time, not life or death stuff, but i need to be able to be contacted anytime. That being said, i put my phone on vibrate when i go to the theater, they only remind you to do this about 12 times before the movie starts. If i do get a call, take a quick glance, see if i need to take it. If it is important, head outside. People should tolerate this because people get up to go to the bathroom or get another soda all of the time. Now, looking at your phone all of the time to text people is real annoying and distracting, just like someone talking the entire time. If theaters block cell signals, they will either lose business or have to raise prices, probably both, and the last time i went to the movies, i almost had to take out a loan. Theaters already have a lot of competition these days. It really would not make business sense. But i would rather go to a theater that has someone actually in the theater to sort of patrol cell phone usage. If your phone rings, you are asked to leave, with no refunds. End of story. Post a sign and make it legal or whatever. Texting, you will be asked to stop or leave. A quick glance to see who is calling your phone(while on vibrate) is ok, just not too often. That way, everyone is satisfied and everyone knows the rules.

     

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    BTR1701, Nov 6th, 2007 @ 12:15pm

    Re: Re: About the "I paid fot it" argument...

    > Also, you can be hit with 1st amendment
    > charges too. Stifle someone's speech a
    > little/censorship?

    Oh, baloney. Here we have yet another person who is completely clueless as to how the 1st Amendment works. It only prevents GOVERNMENT censorship. Just read the damn thing. Notice how it starts with "Congress shall make no law..." That means it only applies to Congress (and by extension any mechanism of the government).

    Private citizens or business censoring each other is not covered by the 1st Amendment or the Constitution in generl.

     

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    BTR1701, Nov 6th, 2007 @ 12:19pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Cool!

    > If theaters block cell signals, they will
    > either lose business or have to raise prices

    I think there'd be a helluva market for theaters that are cell phone free. I know if I had the choice, I'd pick the theater that blocks cell phones every time.

     

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    Hodgii, Nov 6th, 2007 @ 12:34pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Cool!

    I see your point and i am sure that there are other people like you. But would you still go if the ticket prices and concessions doubled? Because i would avoid that theater.

     

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    BTR1701, Nov 6th, 2007 @ 12:58pm

    Re: Birth Repair Money and Impending Death

    > Expecting parents could miss the call that
    > their child is being born.

    You're kidding, right? Why in the hell would expectant parents need a phone call to tell them their kid is being born. If the kid is being born, one of the parents is already in labor, doofus. She certainly doesn't need someone to call her and tell her it's happening. And if the dad is so out of it that he's at the movies instead of with his imminently-birthing wife, then he probably doesn't care all that much anyway.

     

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    Hodgii, Nov 6th, 2007 @ 1:02pm

    Re: Re: Birth Repair Money and Impending Death

    HAA!! That is funny, how come none of us caught that before?

     

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    BTR1701, Nov 6th, 2007 @ 1:04pm

    Re: In checkout

    > if your are n the theater and someone is on
    > the phone, far enough away the you can't
    > easily say something to them, just get the
    > attendant outside and tell them that someone
    > is on the phone in the theater. Problem solved.

    No, not problem solved. I shouldn't have to miss several minutes of the movie I've paid for wandering around outside in the lobby trying to find the teenage manager in charge of the theater in order to complain about someone talking on their cell phone. I paid to watch the movie, not snippets of it in between hunting down people to complain to.

    The jammer solves that problem in that it stops it before it starts, thereby alleviating me of the need to miss any of the movie I've paid for.

     

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    BTR1701, Nov 6th, 2007 @ 1:09pm

    Re: Re: #67

    > You have NO right to block cellular transmissions
    > just so you can sell (probably overpriced)
    > phone services

    Actually, he has every right to block the transmissions. He just can't legally jam the transmissions. There's a difference.

    If he designs his buildings out of materials and in configurations that passively block the signals-- essentially a big Faraday cage-- that's perfectly legal. He under no obligation to build cell-phone friendly buildings.

    What he can't do is actively jam cell-phone transmissions by sending out an interference wave using one of these devices.

     

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    bradley, Nov 6th, 2007 @ 1:44pm

    My mum's terminally ill. I have my phone on 24/7 (on silent/vibrate in places it would be rude to have it loud) because I want to know if she's collapsed or in the hospital. This is not a hypothetical. I have gotten phoned saying "Mum's in x hospital, this is the number." Good thing I wasn't at dinner, ain't it?

    Do I need to know? I suppose not. Do I want to? Yes. And I think that I have better right to know than you have to not be "inconvenienced" by a screen lighting up.

    I'm all for businesses jamming the signal, so long as they warn about it. Lets me avoid those places. Private citizens, however, hell no. Too many of them seem to think that their desires trump everything.

    @ And if the dad is so out of it that he's at the movies instead of with his imminently-birthing wife, then he probably doesn't care all that much anyway.

    Because no child has ever been born prematurely. Good to know that they're always exactly at the due date.

     

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    Hodgii, Nov 6th, 2007 @ 2:10pm

    Re:

    imminently-birthing means he know that it is soon. I know when my wife was within about 3 weeks of the due date, i didn't go anywhere except work.

     

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    Hodgii, Nov 6th, 2007 @ 2:24pm

    I just thought about this, on military installations, there are areas that when you enter you are told to turn in any cell phones or any other electronic devices until you leave. If you are caught with any of these devices, it is immediately destroyed and you are in a heap of trouble. These signal jammers could be just another layer of protection.

     

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    Paul, Nov 6th, 2007 @ 3:10pm

    Re: Re: Cool!

    Buy a pager and use its vibrate feature

     

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    Businessman, Nov 6th, 2007 @ 3:11pm

    Re: Re: #67

    Tell you what "businessman", you tell us what your business is and we'll make sure to let people know to avoid trying to talk anywhere near it.

    I already told you, I'm in the multi-unit housing, a.k.a. apartments, business. But my interests also intersect those of hotels and other private property owners.

    The actions you've described can be summed up one way: as those of a power-hungry crook.

    I think you need to apologize now. I am a capitalist and proud of it. I am not a crook and do not break the law.

    No matter what you may think the airwaves are public property

    Actually, they seem more like the property of the government who then auctions them off to the highest bidders. But in any case, we have no obligation to allow "public" use of our private property.

    you should fire any lawyer that tells you otherwise

    You're not a licensed attorney, now are you?

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Nov 6th, 2007 @ 3:21pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Wow...

    We got along well enough without cars, but I can't prevent you from using yours, either.

    That doesn't give you the right to drive it on my private property though.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Nov 6th, 2007 @ 3:45pm

    Re:

    I have gotten phoned saying "Mum's in x hospital, this is the number." Good thing I wasn't at dinner, ain't it?
    Or in a dead spot or anywhere in most of the country that doesn't have cell service. If you're really that concerned you should get a nationwide satellite-based pager.

     

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    another mike, Nov 7th, 2007 @ 4:02pm

    faraday cage

    I want to turn my theater into a big faraday cage. Instead of drowning out a radio with a powerful noise source just don't let radio waves in. I'm getting so tired of customers demanding refunds because some id10t can't put down the e-leash for 90 minutes. But have you seen the price of copper lately?! Cheaper to just refund the tickets.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Nov 7th, 2007 @ 6:15pm

    Re: faraday cage

    But have you seen the price of copper lately?! Cheaper to just refund the tickets.
    You don't have to use copper (you should consult an engineer). But still, adding shielding to a building can be expensive. Jammers are much cheaper.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Nov 7th, 2007 @ 7:01pm

    Re: Re: Re: Points Missed

    "Do you have any actual examples of people dying because their cell phones were jammed? I thought not."
    - Nope, because jammers aren't common. Yet.

    Stupid made-up scenario #1,
    http://www.columbiasurgery.org/pat/lungtx/guide_waiting.html :
    Staying in Touch
    Once you have been registered with UNOS, it is vital that you stay in touch with the lung transplant team. Your transplant coordinator must be notified of any changes in address and phone numbers, including cell phones and beepers. If you travel for any reason, whether business or pleasure, let the transplant team know. Be sure to contact them if you have any serious illnesses or hospitalizations during the waiting period.

    - Gee... why don't they just rely on the beeper?

    Stupid made-up scenario #2,
    http://www.telegram.com/article/20070703/NEWS/707030330/1102
    Kelley had been on an organ waiting list for a little over a year — always hoping for a call that seemed as if it would never come. She and her former husband were vacationing in Maine over Columbus Day weekend in 2000 when her cell phone rang at 2 in the morning. A pancreas was available from a 40-year-old man who had died of an aneurism (sic). They told her to be at the hospital at 8 a.m.

    --

    National cell coverage (Sprint only)
    http://coverage.sprintpcs.com/IMPACT.jsp?nobrand

    - Unless you live in the mountains around L.A., you've got a pretty good area of coverage.

    Next question?

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Nov 7th, 2007 @ 9:05pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Points Missed

    Nope, because jammers aren't common. Yet.
    But areas without service are and the effect is the same.

    Your transplant coordinator must be notified of any changes in address and phone numbers, including cell phones and beepers.
    That's right. If you move or change your numbers you should tell them. So what's your point?

    By the way, every cell phone I've ever seen has some way of indicating when you are in an area without service. Anyone dumb enough to really rely on having cell service should at least avoid those areas. For those even too dumb to do that then nature has a solution.

    Gee... why don't they just rely on the beeper?
    Gee... notice how they actually do mention beepers (i.e. pagers)?

    her cell phone rang at 2 in the morning.
    Good thing she didn't just so happen to be a heavy sleeper or in a dead spot or no-service area then if that was all she was depending upon. Otherwise it might have been a classic example of Darwinism in action.

    National cell coverage (Sprint only)
    http://coverage.sprintpcs.com/IMPACT.jsp?nobrand
    I've got Sprint. Those maps are bogus. Even on the major roadways coverage is sometimes spotty and when you get away form them it gets worse. All told most of the country doesn't have coverage. You don't happen to work at the FCC measuring broadband competition do you?

    Next question?
    Now you see, I knew that if you really tried you could come up with some more stupid scenarios. It really isn't all that hard.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Nov 7th, 2007 @ 11:08pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Points Missed

    Ah, well. I'm sorry you don't get good coverage. I don't use Sprint, but have traveled to California and North Carolina, covered all the way - except for that area around L.A. Reception gets a little weak when I'm in a large building, but some stores are putting in relays/amplifiers.

    Don't worry, though. I'm neither a transplant candidate nor a cell junkie. You won't have to listen to me in the movies OR restaurants. Maybe a minute or two in the grocery store, but not in the checkout line... it's kind of fun, though, watching spouses shop by remote control :-D

    No more examples - I'm obviously not going to persuade you of my point - that jammers are more selfish, inconsiderate, and possibly life-threatening than loud cell calls - and I've got other things to do.

    Take care

     

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    PRS, Nov 8th, 2007 @ 10:19am

    Pagers still work

    I just want to point out.... My pager is in the VHF range, way far away from cellphone frequencies. Jam all the cellphones you want, my pager will still work.

    Oh, and I always keep it on vibrate when in public. It is just the courteous thing to do. I know that is unpopular in the 'ME generation' day and age. My cellphone stays off and in the car for emergencies only. Otherwise, I live much the way I did 20 years ago, in peace! Over-connectivity is a major cause of high blood pressure. If you keep your cellphone on all the time, it is no longer for your convenience, it is for everyone else's convenience of finding you at their whim. UNPLUG yourself before you have a stroke! Buy a pager if you go somewhere that has a jammer.

     

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    Matthew, Nov 12th, 2007 @ 2:09pm

    Re: Cool!

    Here hear!

    I think there ought to be some way to make these work on the highway as well. Perhaps some way so it only affects you while you're driving and not pulled over to the side with a flat.

     

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    Turak, Nov 13th, 2007 @ 9:17am

    Government regulation?

    Wait for the government to mandate the jammers on ALL cars so you can't talk on the phone (or text) while driving! Someone will find a way to generate the field that encompasses the drivers seat ONLY for the jammers and make money!
    Want to see how many people lean out the window to make calls or into the passenger seat?!

     

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    Hobbes, Nov 17th, 2007 @ 11:39pm

    Re: Re: Cool!

    Yo! Have you ever heard of txt or IM? It's quieter and just as quick to send.

     

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    Hobbes, Nov 17th, 2007 @ 11:52pm

    Re: Pagers still work

    Amen!

     

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    http://www.phonezapper.net, Nov 18th, 2007 @ 1:09pm

    phone jammer

    Just so you know

    You can get a phone jammer here.

    http://www.phonezapper.net

     

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    Doofy, Nov 22nd, 2007 @ 9:08am

    Ham, spam and Jam away!

     

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    Jeff Vader, Nov 22nd, 2007 @ 9:21am

    Jamtastic

    I read a story about someone on a bus, some kids were throwing chips at him, he asked them to stop, they stabbed him in the neck and killed him. Do you think someone so inconsiderate as to talk disruptively on a mobile phone (cell phone) is going to care if you ask them to stop? Granted not everyone is going to go to these extremes but then the US is a society where kids can get hold of automatic weapons designed for one purpose (killing PEOPLE) and wander into their school on a killing spree.
    The second you take both hands off the steering wheel you reduce the amount of control you have on the vehicle. If you add to that the fact that you are also discussing last night episode of Heroes or how many stocks you should sell then you have a vehicle that is potentially dangerous to not only yourself but to others. We get upset when we hear stories of other people wilfully endangering others lives yet people are allowed to be on their phone/eating a sandwich/reading a map in the car...?

    As far as emergencies are concerned, the phone jammer only works for a limited radius. You would have to be pretty sick to wander up to within 30 feet of an emergency situation and switch on a jammer. There are prob people out there who would do it be then there are people that go into schools with guns. How often are you people within 30 feet of an emergency situation?!?

    If you're in a theatre and you need to take a call you leave the theatre. Simple as that. If you need to take a shit you'd leave wouldn't you? Perhaps some of you wouldn't....

     

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    Jeff Vader, Nov 22nd, 2007 @ 9:25am

    Jamtastic

    Mean to say above "the second you take ONE hand off the steering wheel..." Though it applies even more so for both hands in truth....

     

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    paul, Mar 3rd, 2008 @ 12:58am

    Just so you know, you can get a cell phone jammer here








    cell phone jammer

     

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    wirelessphonejammer, May 5th, 2009 @ 11:31pm

    it is needed by some one and in some places

    It has been seven years after the first news was reported about cell phone jammer,now cell phone jammer become commen in lots of countries and it is known by more and more persons. you can find this kind of item by just typing cell phone jammer in google,you will find the manufacture just like wirelessphonejammer.com,and the price become lower and lower.
    Though in some countries,the product is illegal,its existance prove it is needed by some persons

     

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    Pudn'head, Jul 22nd, 2009 @ 7:11am

    It is time to build cell phone jamming into the highway system itself

    It is time to build cell phone jamming into the highway system itself.

    It could be set up to jam non-emergency vehicles that are in motion. With such a system. if someone wants to use a cell phone, they would have to stop their own car completely without slowing down or obstructing other drivers.

    If we are truley concerned about "global warming," this would be one measure that would increase the flow of traffic--and lower aggregate CO2 emmissions.

     

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