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WATCH: Cell Phone Jammer Caught in the Act

NBC10 Investigators – Harry Hairston

We’ve all been there. Using our cell phone to make a call and suddenly our call is dropped. We usually just assume that we’ve entered a “dead zone,” but it might be someone using a cell phone jammer that causes that dropped call.

NBC10 in Philadelphia caught a man on a Philadelphia bus using an illegal cell phone jammer to end people cell phone conversations.Imagine how irritating it would be for someone to decide that your cell phone conversation is annoying and at the press of a button cause your call to end.

The FCC is very clear that the use of cell phone jammers is illegal. According to the FCC website:

We remind and warn consumers that it is a violation of federal law to use a cell jammer or similar devices that intentionally block, jam, or interfere with authorized radio communications such as cell phones, police radar, GPS, and Wi-Fi.

The use of cell phone jammers can obviously be seen as a safety risk. I could see a mugging taking place where the assailant uses one of these to cause you to be unable to reach police for help. So, what does the FCC plan to do with individuals that are caught using cell phone jammers? According to Michele Ellison, Chief of the FCC’s Enforcement Bureau.

“In the coming weeks and months, we’ll be intensifying our efforts through – partnerships with law enforcement agencies to crack down on those who continue to violate the law. Through education, outreach, and aggressive enforcement, we’re tackling this problem head on.”

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