Mobile phone blockers in the UK

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  • boo 31 Mar 2005 10:38:58 11,783 posts
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    Idling surfing the interweb last night I looked for mobile phone blockers.
    Neat little gadgets, about the size of (ironically) a mobile phone, battery powered and you can just SWITCH THEM ON AND EVERY F*&%*&G MOBILE WITHIN TWENTY METRES OR SO GETS THEIR SIGNAL CUT OFF!!!!!!!!!! TAKE THAT YOU SELFISH, SELF-OBSESSED, LOUD VOICED, WITTERING IDIOTS!!!!

    /breathes

    But every site I found had some 'Can't be supplied to the UK unless you have the appropriate license' nonsense on it.

    Clearly, me getting one would be for health reasons - it would benefit my health by lowering my blood pressure, and benefit other peoples health as I'm less likely to kill some t*&&$r in a cheap suit on the train home.

    So. Purely, theoretically...
    Can you get these in the UK?

    Just... wondering...

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  • ruttyboy 31 Mar 2005 10:40:56 7,949 posts
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    Knowing absolutely nothing about these, I'd say they're illegal for the same reason the iTrop (or whatever it's called) is. You'd need a broadcasting license.

    Obviously you could get one, and you could use it, but if there's one thing I learnt from Byker Grove, it's don't set up your own pirate radio station in the attic of your local youth club. It could interfere with ambulances.

    Edited by ruttyboy at 09:42:10 31-03-2005
  • Deleted user 31 March 2005 10:42:27
    They're banned because of the safety implications. Imagine next time you're on that train, and you notice 3 burly chavs eyeing you up and realise somethings about to go down, you reach for your phone to call for help...oh wait a mo...
  • unwashed 31 Mar 2005 10:49:02 1,857 posts
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    Yep, they're entirely illegal in the UK, as has been said above, because of the safety and interference implications.

    Basically the blockers work by sending random packets on the wavelengths used by phones, which means that the phones in the vicinity aren't able to find a signal for all the chaff.

    However if you had a place, say a cinema auditorium, and were somehow able to block signals (but not create interference) e.g. (put probably not) using lead lining then that would be legal.

    Tin foil hats, the way forward!!! :D
  • ssuellid 31 Mar 2005 10:51:24 19,141 posts
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    You can make your own out of a dodgy alternator. My mate unintentionally made one with his knackered landrover. Wiped out mobile phone coverage within a decent radius.
  • boo 31 Mar 2005 11:02:36 11,783 posts
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    Nipples wrote:
    They're banned because of the safety implications. Imagine next time you're on that train, and you notice 3 burly chavs eyeing you up and realise somethings about to go down, you reach for your phone to call for help...oh wait a mo...

    So before we had mobile phones, nobody was safe right?

    I'm not talking about using it on late night trains where some woman travelling alone is abuot to get attacked but can't dial 999.

    I'm talking about being SO fed up of listening to a million inane conversations every day, by people people too inconsiderate to keep their voices down, or wait 15 minutes and have the conversation in person, that we're considering getting out of London altogether and starting again in Cornwall.

    As Douglas Adams once wrote, 'People are a problem.'

    Edit - simmering rage renders me incapable of spelling correctly

    Edited by boo at 10:04:24 31-03-2005

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  • pjmaybe 31 Mar 2005 11:04:41 70,676 posts
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    I reckon they ought to fit these fucking things to cars when the engine's running as STANDARD. It's the only way these stupid fucking pricks will stop using their phones whilst driving. Witnessed a particularly dim bitch nearly arse-ram my car last night whilst talking on her phone AND pricking with her hair in the rear view mirror at the same time as moving forward in a queue of traffic...OUTSIDE A COP SHOP!!!

    Dohhhh!!!!

    Shoot their tits off, thats what I say!

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  • Spanky 31 Mar 2005 11:08:30 14,505 posts
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    Nah sow there noise holes up for a couple of weeks.

    I had a look on ebay for one of these a while back, seems you can still get them, you just have to hope they don't get 'stuck' at customs.

    *edit it's sew innit?

    Edited by Spanky at 10:08:56 31-03-2005

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  • brokenkey 31 Mar 2005 11:09:57 7,033 posts
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    No, they are illegal.

    Think about this - the government charged the mobile operators 22bln for 3G licences, and the biggest FTSE companys are mobile operators, and if you've got a pension your future almost certainly depends on their success.

    Now, given all those things, do you think that selling gadgets that stop mobile phones from working would be allowed?

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  • mentat 31 Mar 2005 11:18:42 5,613 posts
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    You can get them in this country.

    You might be able to find a kit for example that's just for educational purposes, but would be illegal should you put the kit together...
  • Salaman 24 Jun 2013 08:46:57 19,066 posts
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    Spammer bump?

    Did Boo move to Cornwall yet since 2005?
  • MrTomFTW Moderator 24 Jun 2013 08:54:22 38,208 posts
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    Yeah, spammer bump.

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  • cubbymoore 24 Jun 2013 08:56:30 36,496 posts
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    Spammer bump!
  • warlockuk 24 Jun 2013 09:00:39 19,164 posts
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    Spammahhhbuuuump

    I'm a grumpy bastard.

  • neilka 24 Jun 2013 09:28:25 15,951 posts
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    Bammer spump?

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  • RobTheBuilder 24 Jun 2013 09:34:39 6,521 posts
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    Steve Ballmer?
  • graysonavich 24 Jun 2013 10:02:17 7,353 posts
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    boo wrote:
    I'm talking about being SO fed up of listening to a million inane conversations every day
    teehee
  • warlockuk 24 Jun 2013 10:45:26 19,164 posts
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    I love how the restriction of the ability to stop people from using phones is regarded as nonsense. :)

    I'm a grumpy bastard.

  • gammonbanter 9 Jul 2013 20:33:14 1,499 posts
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    mini bump!

    Well did he move?

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  • boo 9 Jul 2013 21:17:42 11,783 posts
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    Not yet, but it's only a matter of time...

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  • THFourteen 9 Jul 2013 22:24:15 33,426 posts
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    Buy some noise cancelling headphones.
  • EMarkM 9 Jul 2013 22:30:47 3,174 posts
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    @THFourteen Or a noise cancelling shotgun.
  • rudedudejude 10 Jul 2013 02:08:38 2,178 posts
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    I need to get me one of these babies for Xmas. Anyone have any luck?

    /starts research
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