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  1. jwaltrip's Avatar
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    Default Someone Jamming Signal, who do I report to

    I was at the dentists office, and found I go NO signal... not even in the parking lot.... I had to go to the other end of the stip mall befoew I got signal

    I mentioned to the asistant that they are really in a 'dead spot'.

    SHE REPLIED that the doctor has a 'phone jammer'....

    Inst this illegal? if it is, who do I report to?
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    More then likely it was just a dead spot.

    But if your so curious call your carrier.


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    federal communications bureau
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    but is is illegal to use your phone at the doctors office, hence the signs
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    Contact the FCC.

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    Never once seen a sign at the doctors that it was illegal or not allowed to use my phone.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Totalimmortal363 View Post
    Never once seen a sign at the doctors that it was illegal or not allowed to use my phone.
    Not illegal, just common courtesy.
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    In response to multiple inquiries concerning the sale and use of transmitters designed to prevent, jam or interfere with the operation of cellular and personal communications service (PCS) telephones, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is issuing this Public Notice to make clear that the marketing, sale, or operation of this type of equipment is unlawful. Anyone involved with such activities may be subject to forfeitures, fines or even criminal prosecution.

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    Parties violating the provisions of the Communications Act and/or FCC rules mentioned above may be subject to the penalties set forth in 47 USC §§ 501-510. Monetary forfeitures for a first offense can be as much as $11,000 a day for each violation and could subject the offender to criminal prosecution. Equipment may also be seized by the United States Marshals and forfeited to the U.S. Government.

    For additional information, contact Brian Butler, Spectrum Enforcement Division, Enforcement Bureau, at (202) 418-1160 or brian.butler@fcc.gov.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Totalimmortal363 View Post
    Never once seen a sign at the doctors that it was illegal or not allowed to use my phone.
    Many hospitals have signs asking not to use them, at least in certain areas.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TheScionicMan View Post
    Many hospitals have signs asking not to use them, at least in certain areas.
    It interferes with some of the equipment.
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    Quote Originally Posted by markhunsaker View Post
    It interferes with some of the equipment.
    Yep, seeing what that GSM buzz does to my radios, I can only imagine the interference it could create.
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    My dr office has a sign asking that mobile devices not be used. There are areas in hospitals that allow cell phones and some areas that don't. At least in Phoenix.
    Am sure it varies from city to city.


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    You would think phone jamming equipment would interfere with hospital equipment more than a cell phone. I'm not sure how they work though so that may not be the case.
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    Think about this for a moment... do you really want to snitch on someone who prods around in your mouth with sharp objects? Watch Marathon Man with Dustin Hoffman before you make that call to the FCC.

    It's unfortunate that some people are so rude with their cell phones that businesses resort to illegally jamming signals. The jammers, while illegal, are available pretty inexpensively if you know where to look.

    I view them as a-hole filters. I gave one to the owner of my favorite restaurant, who absolutely hates it when someone starts yakking during a meal. He says he hasn't lost any business since his place became a dead spot... and his customers appreciate the quiet.
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    At my local hospital, they cut off all cellular service.
    I walk inside, my service drops and my device says 'Searching for CDMA Network....'
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    Quote Originally Posted by rlmesq View Post
    I view them as a-hole filters. I gave one to the owner of my favorite restaurant, who absolutely hates it when someone starts yakking during a meal. He says he hasn't lost any business since his place became a dead spot... and his customers appreciate the quiet.
    And his customers will REALLY appreciate it when one of them is having a heart attack and nobody can get through to 911... At least it will make the "moment of silence" easier...
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    Quote Originally Posted by TheScionicMan View Post
    And his customers will REALLY appreciate it when one of them is having a heart attack and nobody can get through to 911... At least it will make the "moment of silence" easier...
    I am pretty sure most medical offices still use the good old trusty land lines. Usually within the reach of the secretary and or doctor. You know, just in case of emergencies, contacting patients, etc. Oh, and I am pretty these "copper land lines" are immune to these "radio jammers" and also do not require batteries, etc.



    I am not sure to what kind of "medical offices" have you guys been going to, but I am pretty sure most hospitals and offices are still being wired with land line phones. I mean, the last thing you want to worry about is having poor reception. Imagine dying because you got zero bars with your AT&T phone... :P

    Come on people...you are just being ridiculous.
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    Quote Originally Posted by empreality View Post
    I am pretty sure most medical offices still use the good old trusty land lines. Usually within the reach of the secretary and or doctor. You know, just in case of emergencies, contacting patients, etc. Oh, and I am pretty these "copper land lines" are immune to these "radio jammers".

    The post I was responding to was regarding a restaurant, but the fact of the matter is that blocking cellphone signals should not be left up to the whim of any individual and that is why they have laws against jammers. What if its your mother having a heart attack in her car in this doctor's parking lot that is being covered by his jammer? We could make up scenarios all day.

    It could also actually be in a dead zone and the doctor jokes about having a jammer...
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    Quote Originally Posted by TheScionicMan View Post
    The post I was responding to was regarding a restaurant, but the fact of the matter is that blocking cellphone signals should not be left up to the whim of any individual and that is why they have laws against jammers. What if its your mother having a heart attack in her car in this doctor's parking lot that is being covered by his jammer? We could make up scenarios all day.

    It could also actually be in a dead zone and the doctor jokes about having a jammer...
    Hmm, that is a good point.
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    I've used my phone in dr offices (waiting rooms)...not talking but texting and such. Sometimes it's a dead zone if it's in a "deep" part of the building but most of the time, I have signal.

    Jammers are illegal. I doubt doctors would have them.
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    God I wonder what they did hundreds of years ago when people had heart attacks in their cars and their cell phone was jammed?!

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    Quote Originally Posted by supermario28 View Post
    God I wonder what they did hundreds of years ago when people had heart attacks in their cars and their cell phone was jammed?!

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    I can't believe you are so upset OP.
    The dentist isn't a leisurely hang out. Most people go there, and immediately leave after their appointment is over.

    I'd just deal with it, as you are only there once every 6 to 12 months.

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    The OP indicated this was in the parking lot also.
    It may be discourteous to use a phone in some places.
    It *IS* illegal to jam cell traffic in *ALL* places in the US.
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