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Andrew Adams, KSL NewsradioThe FCC is looking for people who are jamming cell phone calls with a little box they can buy on the Internet.
Exporters say they're selling hundreds of cell phone jammers a month in the U.S. All you have to do is carry one around with you and zap! Cell phone silence in a 30-foot radius.
Using the jammers, however, is illegal. The radio frequencies used by cell phone carriers are protected. People could be fined up to $11,000 for a first offense.
Mark Nebeker says he'd love one. "I ride the bus quite a bit, so it would be nice sometimes when those guys get on the bus," he says.
Jeff Straley isn't quite sold. "I don't know. Just another malicious way to mess up someone else's party, I guess," he says.
One Utah man KSL Newsradio talked to says he has one. "Basically, if somebody's chatting away at the top of their lungs with Suzy or Bill, not anymore," he chuckled.
The device cost him $160 and has a 15-foot radius. He says he takes it out to dinner a lot.
The New York Times reports they're even showing up in snooty restaurants, which don't want the chatter killing the ambiance.
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