According to federal law, it is illegal to use, own, buy or sell mobile phone jammers. The Feds say breaking the law could result in jail time and up to a $16,000 fine. Mobile phone jammers are illegal because of the public safety concerns.
Drexel University's Dr. Rob D’Ovidio works with cell phone forensics and electronic crime. D’Ovidio says some mobile phone jammers can stop GPS, two-way radios and can even block police radio if they’re close enough.
“With mobile phone signal jammers you are limiting all types of communication tools that use the radio frequencies. You have the potential to cause a public safety disaster. Cutting off communication by not only our public officials to their dispatch centers but also cutting off the public’s communication to 911 can be a dangerous thing,” said Dr. D’Ovidio.
What about emergency calls? The NBC10 Investigators asked Eric if he was concerned about disrupting someone who is trying to get emergency help.