People without manners are everywhere these days. It doesn’t matter what country, culture or social strata that you live in, some rude people use their mobile phones anywhere and anytime. Church, sitting next to you on the ZR, in a restaurant, watching a movie or a live performance: there is always somebody blabbing away without any consideration.
Don’t you wish you had a button you could push to cut off their conversation?
Such a device exists and illegal or not, thousands are being sold in the UK and the USA. I’ve never seen a portable cell-phone-blocker (or jammer) in Barbados but there must be a few out there.
Some look like ordinary cell phones (photo above), while others are powerful commercial models for restaurants, schools and churches (see here).
I came across this article in the New York Times and while I don’t have money for such luxuries, for a moment I dreamed of having Robert pick up one for me next time he’s away. I would love to be able to take care of a few rude people at work. It would be so enjoyable….
Devices Enforce Cellular Silence, Sweet but Illegal
SAN FRANCISCO, Nov. 2 — One afternoon in early September, an architect boarded his commuter train and became a cellphone vigilante. He sat down next to a 20-something woman who he said was “blabbing away” into her phone.
“She was using the word ‘like’ all the time. She sounded like a Valley Girl,” said the architect, Andrew, who declined to give his last name because what he did next was illegal.
Andrew reached into his shirt pocket and pushed a button on a black device the size of a cigarette pack. It sent out a powerful radio signal that cut off the chatterer’s cellphone transmission — and any others in a 30-foot radius.
“She kept talking into her phone for about 30 seconds before she realized there was no one listening on the other end,” he said. His reaction when he first discovered he could wield such power? “Oh, holy moly! Deliverance.”
As cellphone use has skyrocketed, making it hard to avoid hearing half a conversation in many public places, a small but growing band of rebels is turning to a blunt countermeasure: the cellphone jammer, a gadget that renders nearby mobile devices impotent.
The technology is not new, but overseas exporters of jammers say demand is rising and they are sending hundreds of them a month into the United States — prompting scrutiny from federal regulators and new concern last week from the cellphone industry. The buyers include owners of cafes and hair salons, hoteliers, public speakers, theater operators, bus drivers and, increasingly, commuters on public transportation.
The development is creating a battle for control of the airspace within earshot. And the damage is collateral. Insensitive talkers impose their racket on the defenseless, while jammers punish not just the offender, but also more discreet chatterers.
… continue reading this article at The New York Times (link here)