Cell phone jammer ethics and laws

By Daniel Chubb - Mar 5, 2012

We’ve seen a number of movies that feature cell phone jammers and this has been spy movies with police forces using such equipment, and also criminals but in most cases this is fiction found in movies. Today we’re hearing about one member of the US public that took matters into their own hands when cell phones started to annoy them.

What does a cell phone jammer do? It’s a little gadget that can prevent cell phones from contacting base stations, which can be used in almost any situation but is breaking the law in many countries thanks to the authorities view that it is a hazard to public safety. This could be the case if someone needed to make an emergency call and couldn’t thanks to a cell phone jammer being switched on, although we’re sure the person using it would say in this situation it would get turned off, but what if they couldn’t for some reason and prevented an emergency call from being made?

The most recent incident has made headlines thanks to a man in Philadelphia using a cell phone jammer on a bus, which stopped people making calls because he found them “extremely loud“. This article states that the use of cell phone jammers in that area of the world is “illegal“, and the man has since disposed of the device.

What strange conversations have you heard in public when people are on the phone? We’d love to hear your thoughts on people using their phones in public and having conversations that might be very private, and certainly not for everyone’s ears? In our opinion the law is correct about cell phone jammers and this is especially because phones need to make calls in certain situations, but there should also be more laws for what people are allowed to say on a cell phone in public as well, although we’re sure some people will think that is interfering with their freedom but then what about ethics?

We heard about the DoT evaluating mobile phone jammers over a year ago, and recently the FCC has looked at the risk of GPS and cell jammers with a number of questions being asked that include pros and cons of interrupting signals, which you can read about via this article.

You can see two videos below that show a quick news report on the cell phone jammer that allowed a bus rider to jam signals, and also a video that looks at the conspiracy idea. Everyone has an opinion so feel free to share yours.

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  • DL

    Having to listen to someone else’s conversation is no different than second hand smoke. If people do not mind talking and having everyone around them hear their conversation, I guess I can expell gas and share it with the person on the phone.

  • JammerStore

    “What strange conversations have you heard in public when people are on the phone?” – There may be probably thousand examples of that. Let me see… About an hour listening to how a man visited his dentist. Forty minutes listening about girl’s shopping in the lingerie shop. Don’t know how much time listening about everything an nothing from the teen on his cell phone simply because he was bored and wanted to talk to his friend. Young mom about fifty minutes describing her friend how to change diapers, etc.

    And all those things via cell phone on public bus! I don’t know how would you react but I think that such conversations must be private and held eye to eye. So Jammer Store Inc. definitely speaks for the affirmative in case of cell phone jammer usage in general and Eric’s case in particular.