Buying, Building and Using Mobile Jammers – Is It Legal

Cell phone jammers are tempting, for example, for retail. But what is the legal situation for building, buying and using these so-called “misery”? We’ll tell you what to look for.

Jammers for mobile phones – there are these applications

Mobile phones are popular and it is impossible to imagine life without it. The use of smartphones should work as smoothly as possible everywhere – so the user request. So why should anyone be interested in disrupting cell phones?

In some rooms and at certain events, the use of mobile phones is rather annoying. For example, cinema operators would be happy about a cell phone jammer.

Even teachers would not mind if students could not use their smartphone in the classroom.

With a mobile phone, customers can quickly compare prices in the store – and thus have a good argument for price negotiations at hand. Retailers would therefore benefit from a jammer in the store.

The German law is clear – phones disturbing is not

In Germany is clearly regulated: Who wants to use frequencies, needs an allotment. Mobile jammers send out radio waves to disturb the reception. So the user of a cell phone jammer would need a frequency allocation according to the Telecommunications Act.

The purchase of and trade in handheld transmitters is prohibited in Germany. You can theoretically build what you want – just do not put it into operation.

The responsible authority is the Federal Network Agency. This not only seizes the devices, but imposed fines of up to 1000 euros. If you make emergency calls through a cell phone jammer, the penalties can be even stronger.

The state has a monopoly on the radio frequencies and can therefore also use jammers. This takes place, for example, in prisons.

Legal situation to mobile jammers in other countries

The trade and use of jammers is prohibited throughout the EU territory. However, in some countries the jammers are approved or used by public authorities. Thus frequencies interfere with mobile phone use in France in many cinemas and theaters.

Many areas in the technology world are legally regulated. So too the right of the picture. What that means exactly, we explain in another practical tip.