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Jamming device disguised as Mobile Phone

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December 1, 2003

December 2, 2003 A jamming device that looks like a mobile phone has gone on sale via an electronics supplier in the UK. The jammer - which would be illegal in Australia - blocks signals in a range of up to 15m in optimum conditions and is being promoted for clandestine use on public transport and restaurants.

The banning of these devices in Australia (and many other countries) reflects the fact that telecommunications would be interfered with and public safety put at risk from their widespread use.

Despite the idea having a certain selfish attraction in some situations - a bit like a traffic light changer - the legislation banning jamming devices was passed in 1999.

More recently, a report by the Australian Communications Authority (ACA) into the legal implications of trialing such devices in prisons found that even this would not be feasible under the current, complex legal situation - "the ACA considers that the disadvantages of allowing the use of mobile phone jammers appear to outweigh the advantages- The ACA does not support the introduction of mobile phone jammers because they: interfere with licensed radiocommunications; disrupt telecommunications networks; and raise serious safety of life issues."

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Mike Hanlon Mike grew up thinking he would become a mathematician, accidentally started motorcycle racing, got a job writing road tests for a motorcycle magazine while at university, and became a writer. As a travelling photojournalist during his early career, his work was published in a dozen languages across 20+ countries. He went on to edit or manage over 50 print publications, with target audiences ranging from pensioners to plumbers, many different sports, many car and motorcycle magazines, with many more in the fields of communication - narrow subject magazines on topics such as advertising, marketing, visual communications, design, presentation and direct marketing. Then came the internet and Mike managed internet projects for Australia's largest multimedia company, Telstra.com.au (Australia's largest Telco), Seek.com.au (Australia's largest employment site), top100.com.au, hitwise.com, and a dozen other internet start-ups before founding Gizmag in 2002. Now he writes and thinks. All articles by Mike Hanlon
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How did we ever survive before the cell phone, breath taking the stupidity in the argument that preventing cell phone use in theaters, courtrooms, prisons and other places where cell phones CAUSE disruption or even danger in the case of imprisoned gang scums unmonitored communication with scum that haven\'t been caught yet imperiling witnesses and victims.

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