Jam Anyone's Cell Phone

That turd talking while driving deserves it!

He came into the bookstore huffing loudly into his cell phone, ignoring turned heads and annoyed glares. His voice shot across the room, a harsh, grating sound, like broken glass in a blender. It jolted our hero as he thumbed through a Cormac McCarthy novel about soulless, murderous heathens.

"Oh, that sounds fan-tas-tic," said Mr. It's-My-World-and-You-Can-Suck-Off, laughing into his phone. "Where did you go then?" He flicked his hair, his hand to his ear. "Fan-tas-tic. That's really fan-tas-tic. We were there last summer, and I know it's just fantastic."

Our hero — let's call him Jammer Man — reached into his pocket and felt cool metal on the tips of his fingers. His thumb slid down the side of a little box until he felt a small, round button on the side.

As Mr. IMWYCSO walked past him, Jammer Man pushed the button, holding it an extra second to be sure.

It took the man a few seconds to notice. "If you have a chance to get up to a little chateau ... hello ... hello?" He looked at his phone. "Hello, Charles?"

He shook his head and looked again at the phone, moving it from side to side, presumably to get a signal. Then he closed it, slid it into his linen pocket, bought the book he was looking for, and left in silence.

Ah, relief. Jammer Man felt suffused with a fantastic, benign power, like the feeling you might get from smacking a corporate attorney with his own briefcase or spanking a compulsive shopper with her Macy's bag.

The metal box, black and about the size of a cell phone, is a device called a cell phone jammer. When Jammer Man presses that round button on the side, it cuts off any cell phone conversations inside a 20-foot radius. It doesn't make a sound, and the small green light at the top that illuminates when the jammer is on can't be seen when it's in Jammer Man's pants pocket.

He had ordered the jammer over the Internet from China. Buying such a device is not against the law in the United States. Using it, however, is. So is selling or marketing one. Fines for a first offense can be as high as $11,000 a day for each violation, and offenders could be subject to criminal prosecution.

Technically, using a cell phone jammer could violate the Communications Act of 1934, the same act that replaced the Federal Radio Commission with the Federal Communications Commission — the bureaucratic dogleg of regulation and oversight known as the FCC.

When activated, jammers send out a powerful radio signal. Cell phones are essentially handheld radios, and the jammer's signal is strong enough to overload the cell phone and cut the call. If you were to look at the signal indicator on a phone as it's being jammed, you'd see it immediately power up to "full bars" and then quickly go to no signal. Once the jammer is off or the cell user leaves the radius, the phone works normally again.

Frequencies like the ones used by cell phone companies are licensed and protected by the FCC, just like radio and television transmitters. Service providers pay billions of dollars every year to maintain their networks, which the FCC promises to protect from outside interference.

Interference like Jammer Man's little pacificator, for example. Etiquette sharks, anarchists, and general deviants like Jammer Man can buy jammers from overseas sellers on websites like www.phonejammer.com and www.dealextreme.com. They are as cheap as $50 for a small, personal jammer like his or as expensive as thousands of dollars for industrial-strength contraptions that might be used by discriminating restaurateurs, hoteliers, or theater operators.

It is a powerful sword of passive-aggressive justice, and Jammer Man wields it over South Florida. He used it in Wilton Manors grocery stores to pop obnoxious Bluetooth users in their conversational jaws. At the movies in Pompano Beach, he sat in the middle of the theater to guarantee that nobody in that room but Tommy Lee Jones would be having a conversation. In traffic on a Miami Beach strip, he cut the call of a swerving driver who had one hand on the wheel and the other at her ear. When she lost her signal, she put the phone down and drove straight. At the Orange Bowl BCS game, he thwarted some loudmouthed Virginia Tech fans (though Kansas gave the Hokies the ultimate insult).

Because using the jammer is illegal, Jammer Man — like other outlaw superheros — cannot reveal his identity. But the secrecy of his selfless work gives him a richly imaginative inner life, with innocent bystanders saved from aimless babble and scoundrels succumbing to J Man's ruthless superpowers. He imagines newspaper headlines spinning off of printing presses, like in the movies: "Jammer Man Saves Supermarket!" or "Anonymous Hero Jammer Man Cuts Obnoxious Calls, Wins Beautiful Heiress."

On a recent weekday, a Mexican grill near downtown Fort Lauderdale was packed with lunchtime diners. It was a mostly business crowd, and plenty of the customers had their phones and PDAs handy. The line at the counter was long, and the air was filled with "Can you get those copies on my desk?" and "Are we going to the bar tonight?" — echoes of singular conversations. When it came time for a woman in her twenties to order, she said nothing to the man behind the register. So engrossed was she in cell phone conversation that she hadn't even noticed it was her turn. The man behind the counter looked at the next customer and took his order, bypassing the heedless woman.

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Brian Paone
Brian Paone

"It had occurred to Jammer Man that, during his righteous phone-jamming campaign, other people — the innocent, quiet talkers — might have been cut off too. Jammer Man's aim is true, but his path of destruction is wide. In the trenches where telecommunications renegades play, there comes a certain degree of collateral damage. Yes, innocent bystanders who were using discretion in their conversations can get cut off. Legitimate business deals might be quashed. The kid dialing feverishly to become the 10th caller to his favorite radio show might not get the passes to Beowulf in IMAX he'd so hoped for. AN INDIVIDUAL TRYING DESPERATELY TO CALL 911 FOR HIS WIFE SUFFERING A SUDDEN HEART ATTACK CAN ONLY HIT REDIAL AND WATCH IN HORROR AS HIS SPOUSE DIES. Is this the price our society must pay?" You forgot one possible scenario, Mr. Mooney. Figured I'd add it on for you in caps. Is THAT the price we have to pay, simply because some crybabies cannot stand people in public having a conversation? Did the recently added scenario ever occur to you, Mr. Mooney, as you tried in vain to glorify this garbage? I sincerely hope persuasive writing isn't what you list as your "day job", sir. Unless, of course, that job description also calls for making piss-poor attempts at being a strawman.

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I think a cell phone jammer is easy to use. just turn on the button and set the frequency. I just bought my one from an online jamming device store http://www.jammerall.com/ ,it's really funny and helpful.

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yes cell phone jammer when switch on block surrounding users signals, but it can be used for secuirty purpose, can be used in hospitals, church,temple,meeting , conference room where peace and only peace is required..i know about pocket cell phone jammer,it look like a cigratte packet and can easily fix in your pocket.it jus to switch on and it will block cell phone signals that's why gizmo called cell phone jammer

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Ben Schneider
Ben Schneider

And what happens when someone needs to use their cell for an emergency call, especially of life and death ? Or some other important phone call, like the call that woman received from her dying husband on Everest ? What if your friend had jammed this call ?

South Shore Reject
South Shore Reject

I am a daily Tri-Rail commuter. I am going to purchase a jammer to thwart all the obnoxious jerks on their phones who seem to think that I and other commuters really need to hear about their bowel problems, how their girlfriend is cheating on them, about what the baby did today, how much they can swear, how loud and how long someone can talk (without stopping for breath) in a different language, about their golf game, their sales scheme, shopping trips or what he said she said and then OMG what she said then, etc. I am amazed over certain people who play with their phones calling everyone in their list to talk about stupid crap the entire train ride.

We don't need to hear it, people. Valid, respectfully quiet cell conversations are one thing. We all need to do it. No one is talking about jamming doctors or emergency workers here. Talking about bullcrap no one wants to hear as loud and as long as you can is another, and you deserve to be jammed. You have no respect for anyone else. Until you get some manners and discretion, prepare to be jammed!!!

Biffula
Biffula

Keep on jamming Jammer Man!

Sam
Sam

Now criminals can come into your house and rob you. Should you dial 911 while locked in your bathroom, never fear Jammer Man will be there to ensure that help doesn't arrive and you get raped and murdered. Not necessarily in that order either.

Tim
Tim

My main concern about the sale of these units actually pertains to the use of them to disable the cellular dial-out of security systems. Snip the siren and block the dialer and voila, the house is yours.

Joe
Joe

What charges get filed if he jams an on-call ER doc and someone dies?

Moomin Papa
Moomin Papa

Hooray for Jammer Man until he jams a docter's pager in a movie theatre, or absent mindedly jams an important phone call to enjoy his non-fat latte and John Grisham novel.

 
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