Kick out the jams

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It may be wrong, but I still want one.

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.


Oh yes, I’d use it to.

Even on myself.

And, just in time for Christmas!

Victor McCormack, the site’s operator, says he ships roughly 400 jammers a month into the United States, up from 300 a year ago. Orders for holiday gifts, he said, have exceeded 2,000.

Praise Jesus!

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About big jonny

The man, the legend. The guy who started it all back in the Year of Our Lord Beer, 2000, with a couple of pages worth of idiotic ranting hardcoded on some random porn site that would host anything you uploaded, a book called HTML for Dummies (which was completely appropriate), a bad attitude (which hasn’t much changed), and a Dell desktop running Win95 with 64 mgs of ram and a six gig hard drive. Those were the days. Then he went to law school. Go figure. Flagstaff, Arizona, USA

11 Replies to “Kick out the jams”

  1. I wonder if their is a way to use it while riding.
    Can you leave the button depressed and jam anyone that comes within 30 feet of you while on the bike?

    Knowing my luck they would hit me anyhow because they’d be looking at the phone for a signal instead of the road.

    oh well!

    It’s still cool!!!

  2. Did anyone else think of BSNYC when they read this?

    Eh… Maybe not. But if I ever hear about an architect with a little black box that explodes aerospokes and top tube pads in a hipster death ray then I KNOW who to point the finger at.

    Side note: WANT!!

  3. This would basically hose all cells on the train or bus ??

    I use my cell a lot in public but I don’t like people to listen in on my convos so I’m low key about it. On a train/bus there’s too many people around so I stick to sending messages.

    This device would block the asshats like the Valley Girl mentioned but also the 95% of people with cells who aren’t a problem.

    Sorry. I don’t likey.

  4. Nice ideee to jam them SUV’s whlie on the bike, but think about it…

    Wouldn’t they just become more distracted looking at the cell screen and redialing? Bigger crash looming!!

  5. We have been discussing a Faraday cage around my church to prevent ringing phones during service. Bonus effect: the mesh would act like window screens and keep the bugs out.

    I know many (most?) of us hate idiots talking on cells instead of paying attention to their driving, but really the jammer would only be effective if the vehicle stays within 10 meters of the jammer for a prolonged period of time. By the time the brain dead nut behind the wheel realizes it has lost contact with the person on the other end of the line we will be grease stains in the wheel wells. I favor a cell phone tracking missile with an AT warhead. Bonus points for a tracker that takes out a specific phone, not just the strongest signal in the area.


  6. I am still holding out for a device that rings every phone in the vicinity at the same time. That would be cool and practical. Instead of asking everyone at a performance to turn off their phone you could just call them.

    Also, just think how fun it would be to hear everyone on the bus say “Hold on, I’ve got another call” at the same time. Priceless.

  7. The perfect toy for the roadie asshats who come into my shop with that Fri. morning “could you have it ready this afternoon, I’ve got a race tomorrow” demand while their talking to their “trainer” on the Iphone.