Overheard: Word of the Day

Nov 8 2007   5:13AM GMT

Overheard: Cone of silence is tempting, but illegal

Margaret Rouse Margaret Rouse Profile: Margaret Rouse

matt_richtel.jpg “The jamming technology works by sending out a radio signal so powerful that phones are overwhelmed and cannot communicate with cell towers.”

Matt Richtel, Devices Enforce Silence of Cellphones, Illegally

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.

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