The risk that mobile phone jammers have brought

Tuesday, July 02, 2013


Mobile phone jammers put every one of us at risk, writes Mark Loney of communications regulator the Australian Communications and Media Authority, responding to recent reports of their use in Australia.

In cases of emergency, a quick call to the police, ambulance, or fire department is vital. Yet if a jammer is in operation, calling from a mobile phone will not be possible. A dangerous situation could turn into a disastrous one very quickly.

Emergency services operate to cover situations for which we do not plan. In any given day, a family member, friend – any one of us – may be presented with danger. Should bad fortune occur, the least that any of us would expect is access to emergency services for a quick response?

Yet mobile phone jammers or mobile phone signal jammers take away this opportunity. And it is not only phones that are currently within the vicinity of a jammer that are affected. Those phones that have been within the vicinity of a jammer but have moved on may not operate still, and may have to be reset in order for them to work again. So even though the phone may have been jammed on one side of town, by the time you reach the other side, it may still not be working.