Cell Phone Jamming Just Got a Lot More User-Friendly

Suddenly the devices are small and cheap
By Jonas Oransky,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 27, 2007 5:56 PM CDT
A woman uses her mobile phone while walking past traditional phones during a communication and broadcast exhibition in Singapore Wednesday, June 20, 2007. Advertisers are finding new ways to put their...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Devices that can scramble cell phone calls have been available for years, but now they might be within reach for ordinary airwaves saboteurs. Cell phone jammers are illegal in the US, and their bulk and expense have kept them rare. That may change, with an online catalog selling what ComputerWorld calls the first jammer “priced, sized and created like a mass-market consumer electronics device.”

The Palm Phone Jammer retails at $166, is smaller than a cell phone, and can shut down signals within 30 feet. The tech bible fears the cat’s out of the bag—and hopes against hope the “product doesn't become a runaway hit this holiday season.”