Cell Phone Jammer Bus
March 2, 2012 by staff
Cell Phone Jammer Bus, NBC10 in Philadelphia has tracked down a man they caught jamming people’s cell phone transmission on the public bus commute.The Philadelphia cell phone jammer was first discovered by an employee of the news station who wishes to remain anonymous, but for the sake of the story she will be referred to as Marie.
She explains what was happening when she first saw the man that is calling himself Eric:
“He’s blatantly holding this device that looks like a walkie-talkie with four very thick antennae. I started to watch him and any time somebody started talking on the phone, he would start pressing the button on the side of the device,”
After witnessing the strange event, she reported what she saw to the investigative team at the station and they set out to find the man. Apparently, it wasn’t hard, within a few minutes of boarding the same bus Marie and the team spotted him jamming some more phone conversations.
They observed him off and on for the next couple weeks, but eventually confronted him about the device one afternoon as he exited the bus. They told Eric that his device was illegal, and he responded:
“It is my understanding it is more of a gray area. It is my understanding that it’s illegal to, you know, stop a television signal, a radio signal. You know, it’s my understanding according to the FCC that it’s not illegal to disrupt a cell phone signal,”
But according to NBC10 and the FCC, owning or using cell phone jamming devices is illegal. Also according to NBC10, it carries up to a $16,000 fine and possible jail time. When asked about why he’s jamming cell phones on the bus Eric was happy to respond:
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