Cell phone loudmouth nearby? Block that signal!

By Rob Dunn
Contributing Writer, [GAS]No cell phones beyond this point!

You’re sitting in a movie theater, restaurant, in line at the movie store or other public locale, minding your own business, and then somebody has to get on their cell phone and talk loudly to someone who is obviously more important than the surrounding 20 individuals waiting around…

We’ve all been there. Heck, maybe you’re one of them…

If you just despise these people to the point you decide to gnaw off your own forearm rather than step up and say something to them – then this device is for you. Introducing a silent, hand-held cell phone blocking device, ready now for Joe Consumer. With it you can block cell phone network traffic in a defined radius. Different models block a wider or lesser range of network types and immediate signal areas.

You can bet that some public establishments will be chomping at the bit to install one of the full-featured (blocking 3G, in addition to other high-speed data network signals) models.

My opinion:

Don't try to bring this to the airport...While I personally do not like to be around some of these folks when they feel they must chat with their buddies, I have to say that I’m not sure I would want to have my cell phone disabled by an external device in a controlled environment such as a theater. If I were a doctor or other ‘on-call’ person that required that I was immediately available for my job, I would be a little upset that I couldn’t receive my calls.

What would be more useful is a standard signal type agreed upon by all phone manufacturers that set cell phones to a ‘vibrate’/’silent’ mode so that calls could still continue to come in (or perhaps be forced to voicemail with a silent notification?) but no outbound signals could be established with exception to emergency calls.

What do you think? Would you like being forced into a communication blackout ala ‘Escape from L.A.‘ while watching a movie or eating dinner? While this might be considered a good thing by some (IT folks, I’m looking at you/me), I don’t think that a large percentage of people would go to an establishment where they knew their electronic gadgets were being disabled forcefully.

“Welcome to the human race”… this one’s for you, Snake.

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29 Responses to Cell phone loudmouth nearby? Block that signal!

  1. The last time I heard of these they were being used by hotels so you couldnt use your mobile to phone out. Forcing you to use the hotel phones – at the huge inflated prices that they charge. Would be good for cinemas mind. I generally feel the need to hit the ignoramous with the mobile half way through films. AAARRRGGGGHHH. All we need is one to stop their screen glowing also and I can watch films in peace.

  2. The last time I heard of these they were being used by hotels so you couldnt use your mobile to phone out. Forcing you to use the hotel phones – at the huge inflated prices that they charge. Would be good for cinemas mind. I generally feel the need to hit the ignoramous with the mobile half way through films. AAARRRGGGGHHH. All we need is one to stop their screen glowing also and I can watch films in peace.

  3. This is extremely cool. I think that installing one on a car may be perfect it could be a force field against traffic accidents. And for only $200 Freaking fantastic! I wish they could make disposable ones at around $10 thank I would stick those on certain people's car and provably save thousands of lives.

  4. This is extremely cool. I think that installing one on a car may be perfect it could be a force field against traffic accidents. And for only $200 Freaking fantastic! I wish they could make disposable ones at around $10 thank I would stick those on certain people’s car and provably save thousands of lives.

  5. its actually old tech…..they came out with theses about 4 years ago, and were going to install them in cinemas/hotels……the maker was sued and production was stopped as the FCC made a ruling that jammers were ILLEGAL to use. seems the airwaves are "owned" by the public a device that blocks use of those airwaves is "against the public good"….google for more info

    • Yeah, but the fact that it is now available to everybody is kindda interesting :) I wonder if this is going to become illegal eventually…

  6. its actually old tech…..they came out with theses about 4 years ago, and were going to install them in cinemas/hotels……the maker was sued and production was stopped as the FCC made a ruling that jammers were ILLEGAL to use. seems the airwaves are “owned” by the public a device that blocks use of those airwaves is “against the public good”….google for more info

    • Yeah, but the fact that it is now available to everybody is kindda interesting :) I wonder if this is going to become illegal eventually…

  7. I don't know… it's a huge pain in the arse to listen to a dozen one-sided conversations while taking the train to and from work. One of these would really be handy. But it's the loud, musical ring tones that are most annoying, especially when some tosh lets his phone ring for 20 seconds before finally getting around to answering it.

    Now, if someone could sell me a device that lets me selectively shut down someone's phone from doing anything at all, I'd buy it. I'm so tired of listening to some jackass's crappy MP3s playing through his mobile phone speaker. And if it worked effectively to shut down iPods, too — because some morons have their music playing so loud through the headphones that it can be heard from twenty feet away — well, that would be heaven. I may end up in jail someday for murdering an iPodiot… Please, technology guys, save me from jail.

  8. I don’t know… it’s a huge pain in the arse to listen to a dozen one-sided conversations while taking the train to and from work. One of these would really be handy. But it’s the loud, musical ring tones that are most annoying, especially when some tosh lets his phone ring for 20 seconds before finally getting around to answering it.

    Now, if someone could sell me a device that lets me selectively shut down someone’s phone from doing anything at all, I’d buy it. I’m so tired of listening to some jackass’s crappy MP3s playing through his mobile phone speaker. And if it worked effectively to shut down iPods, too — because some morons have their music playing so loud through the headphones that it can be heard from twenty feet away — well, that would be heaven. I may end up in jail someday for murdering an iPodiot… Please, technology guys, save me from jail.

  9. Wow… there's a lot of angry, angry folks out there. The problem with movie theaters and the sign idea is that… they already do that! There is a video presentation at the beginning of every movie you'll go to that states you should turn off any cell phones or pagers.

    Although jamming all of those signals would certainly be fun, I really don't think it promotes a very sane public interaction. It would almost be like Mel Gibson in Road Warrior and Thunderdome… everybody running around jamming phone signals and using jamming prevention devices and on and on the war would go.

    I think a better option would be to build an gigantic EMP bomb that would wipe out all technology on the Earth. Then only the strong would survive… muahaha!

  10. Wow… there’s a lot of angry, angry folks out there. The problem with movie theaters and the sign idea is that… they already do that! There is a video presentation at the beginning of every movie you’ll go to that states you should turn off any cell phones or pagers.

    Although jamming all of those signals would certainly be fun, I really don’t think it promotes a very sane public interaction. It would almost be like Mel Gibson in Road Warrior and Thunderdome… everybody running around jamming phone signals and using jamming prevention devices and on and on the war would go.

    I think a better option would be to build an gigantic EMP bomb that would wipe out all technology on the Earth. Then only the strong would survive… muahaha!

    • I don't think that applies inside of a business. The manager at the local movie theater said they are looking into them because of the complaints. Like someone said up above, yes movie theater run a clip telling everyone to turn off their phones but like red lights, they just ignore so hope they do. It seems like maybe Sam's Warehouse already have it in there building because as soon as you walk a few feet into their building the signal goes flat. And that's been true in every Sam's Club I have been in across the country. So I think they can be used in a business and should be where people pay good money to see a show without someone texting with a bright light shinning in your face!

    • I don’t think that applies inside of a business. The manager at the local movie theater said they are looking into them because of the complaints. Like someone said up above, yes movie theater run a clip telling everyone to turn off their phones but like red lights, they just ignore so hope they do. It seems like maybe Sam’s Warehouse already have it in there building because as soon as you walk a few feet into their building the signal goes flat. And that’s been true in every Sam’s Club I have been in across the country. So I think they can be used in a business and should be where people pay good money to see a show without someone texting with a bright light shinning in your face!

  11. Devices like this (with a limited and practical range) SHOULD be available to the general public. Being forced to listen to loud and moronic conversations is annoying, to say the least!

  12. Devices like this (with a limited and practical range) SHOULD be available to the general public. Being forced to listen to loud and moronic conversations is annoying, to say the least!

  13. I was thinking the same thing!
    That DMV’s should make it compulsary for vehicles to have this device installed in them, forcing people to have to stop their cars and get out if a emergency call needs to be made. Also would work well as a safety precaution in banks, not to mention libraries, city municipalities etc etc.

  14. I was thinking the same thing!

    That DMV's should make it compulsary for vehicles to have this device installed in them, forcing people to have to stop their cars and get out if a emergency call needs to be made. Also would work well as a safety precaution in banks, not to mention libraries, city municipalities etc etc.

  15. Block the damn things, I’m sick & tired of people at work who sneak off & spend five to ten min jabbering on their phones instead of working.

    • You’re lucky if it’s only 5-10 mins. Wish it was legal to block. Unfortunately, I can’t block my own kid (got his phone from deadbeat dad) from staying up all night on the phone without going to jail, fines, etc. There isn’t enough aluminum foil in my state for that! If I didn’t think I would screw up the neighbor’s electronics, I’d do it anyway! Cool, simple technology. Love to get back to some semblance of peace and QUIET!!!

  16. Block the damn things, I'm sick & tired of people at work who sneak off & spend five to ten min jabbering on their phones instead of working.

    • You're lucky if it's only 5-10 mins. Wish it was legal to block. Unfortunately, I can't block my own kid (got his phone from deadbeat dad) from staying up all night on the phone without going to jail, fines, etc. There isn't enough aluminum foil in my state for that! If I didn't think I would screw up the neighbor's electronics, I'd do it anyway! Cool, simple technology. Love to get back to some semblance of peace and QUIET!!!

  17. To use cell phone in public places ignoring others' feeling is totally immoral and ridiculous. It should be banned in some certain sites as from my point of view. I'd like to recommend the gov. to install cell phone jammers in some certain public places.
    But for now I just bought a cell phone jammer for my own use from http://www.jammerall.com/ , it helps really much when I feel fed up with the cell phone noise.

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