How many teachers do you know who would give their eyeteeth for one of these gadgets? (from NY Times)
The jamming technology works by sending out a radio signal so powerful that phones are overwhelmed and cannot communicate with cell towers. The range varies from several feet to several yards, and the devices cost from $50 to several hundred dollars. Larger models can be left on to create a no-call zone.
Here’s the rub:
Using the jammers is illegal in the United States. The radio frequencies used by cellphone carriers are protected, just like those used by television and radio broadcasters.
The Federal Communication Commission says people who use cellphone jammers could be fined up to $11,000 for a first offense. Its enforcement bureau has prosecuted a handful of American companies for distributing the gadgets — and it also pursues their users.
Would you risk the legal ramifications in order to guarantee an end to illicit cell phone use in your classroom? As long as you didn’t flaunt it like an idiot, there’s probably a very low risk of getting caught.
Is this the ultimate answer to ending unwanted cell phone use – equip teachers with pocket-sized jammers?