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Rant - Shops that block your mobile phone signal

Crazy1 Avatar
9y, 1m agoPosted 9 years, 1 month ago
I am getting very fed up with shops that are using blocking equipment to stop your mobile phone working within their stores. Sainsbugs and Tesco's do it and this now means that if I am on a 'job' one of us has to stay outside the store with 2 mobiles in case we get an urgent call.

I also believe that some cinema's are doing the same thing (which I can understand) but for Pete's sake, please put a sign up to say that you operate this kind of thing so that we can decide whether we want to shop in your place or not.

One day someone is going to miss a life & death call because they don't want us rushed in their store.....:x :x

Rant over :whistling:
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9y, 1m agoPosted 9 years, 1 month ago
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#1
I was actually looking at devices to block mobile signals on dealextreme would be great for on a bus as theres always some idiot who thinks everyone wants to know their private life! Now if there was one that also shut down mobiles that are playing sh1te music then i would definitely buy it!
banned#2
Crazy1
I am getting very fed up with shops that are using blocking equipment to stop your mobile phone working within their stores. Sainsbugs and Tesco's do it and this now means that if I am on a 'job' one of us has to stay outside the store with 2 mobiles in case we get an urgent call.

I also believe that some cinema's are doing the same thing (which I can understand) but for Pete's sake, please put a sign up to say that you operate this kind of thing so that we can decide whether we want to shop in your place or not.

One day someone is going to miss a life & death call because they don't want us rushed in their store.....:x :x

Rant over :whistling:


To be honest, I'm surprised its legal to do so!

You can buy them online, but I bet you would get nicked if they found out you used it! Useful on crowded trains though!!! :giggle: (And no - I dont have one!)
#3
Wasn't there some cinema being sued for installing signal blocking in their cinema? I'm sure I saw it on the news!

edit; You can buy short-range (or make your own some how) signal blockers, obviously their illegal though! Theres a video somewhere!
banned#4
can anyone remember life before the mobile :giggle: :giggle:

but do agree if this equipment is in use it should inform the public, mind there would be then complaints on how small the signs are, not bright enough to see, etc, etc :roll:
#5
The then PM (TB) had this equipment on his car because all the journalists had their mobiles cut off when he drove past them once :giggle: :giggle:
banned#6
Crazy1
The then PM (TB) had this equipment on his car because all the journalists had their mobiles cut off when he drove past them once :giggle: :giggle:


I knew he advocated infringing basic human rights!!!! :giggle:
#7
Local ASDA has terrible signal. Apparantly it's because of what the building is made of...
#8
Worse still - there are 'hotels' and 'inns' that block your signal so that you have to use their VERY expensive room phone.

This happens a LOT to me on on business - and it's extortion - my employer won't pay for hotel phone bills whilst they provide me with a mobile!

This means many people away on business either have to leave a hotel room to speak to loved ones or pay for really expensive calls back home. As a business woman travelling on my own I don't ever want to leave the room.

I've found recently that the trick is to ring reception and ask for the number - then go outside the hotel text number to my hubby and run like billyo to take his call!
#9
duckmagicuk2
Local ASDA has terrible signal. Apparantly it's because of what the building is made of...

Sharon Osbourne's liposuction lines the walls, apparently!
#10
My college has a **** signal. its not a blocker though, so does the asda near me as a matter of fact.
#11
t0mm
My college has a **** signal. its not a blocker though, so does the asda near me as a matter of fact.


No that coz your on o2 and its rubbish round here!
#12
Didn't know this was happening till I read this. I'm all for it, you enter a privately owned building, you abide by their rules. Have you ever considered (pre ban obviously) smoking in a supermarket? Ever done it? No. There you go then. Mobile phones are just as anti-social imho.
#13
Never known any place to actively block my mobile, shop cinema etc.

Some new estates/buildings have no signal but i check my other phone and that'll have the signal I want.

O2 Personal and Orange Work phones here with Voda and Virgin PAYG sims in my wallet :)
[mod]#14
Really annoys me when someone decides to take a phone call in the Cinema and then rabbit on for 10mins.

Makes me MAD!!!!! :x :giggle:
banned#15
Syzable
Really annoys me when someone decides to take a phone call in the Cinema and then rabbit on for 10mins.

Makes me MAD!!!!! :x :giggle:


yeah thats the bloke who is telling his mate he is secretly filming the film to sell on :whistling: :giggle:
#16
Anyone know any UK sellers with a portable/rechargeable mobile blocker for UK/EU frequencies? :)
#17
Here you go

http://www.globalgadgetuk.com/Personal.htm


Make your own !!
#18
Here is the BBC article about the Cinema blocking mobiles

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/entertainment/2991451.stm
#19
There also on Ebay.....
#20
ChrisUK
Here you go

http://www.globalgadgetuk.com/Personal.htm


Make your own !!


Hm no 3g, or 3.5g/4g/wifi/tetra

and

20mW? doesn't a mobile use 2000mw/2watts if in a bad signal area?
although I heard you can just disrupt the signal you don't need to overwhelm by jamming and strength.

20mW still seems a bit low vs. my wifi waps which are @ 284mW + 284mW
#21
Mobile phones are not guranteed to get coverage by networks in buildings or even pockets. Coverage is based out being outside and phone in hand
#22
harlzter
Now if there was one that also shut down mobiles that are playing sh1te music then i would definitely buy it!


Ditto.Even if its a song i like, i still hate them playing it on the bus :thumbsup:
#23
add-man
Ditto.Even if its a song i like, i still hate them playing it on the bus :thumbsup:

Its the sound quality that kills the songs they sound like they are coming from the bottom of a coke can!
#24
It is my understanding that it is ok to block signals passively by methods similar to a Faraday cage (If you are in Asda which is basically a big metal box your signal WILL suffer). But it is not allowed to actively block signals by broadcasting blocking signals. Again that is only my understanding, may not be correct at all
[helper]#25
Wow - never thought I'd see a Faraday cage mentioned on HDUK !!

So does this mean that in the event of a nuclear explosion our phones would be protected from the electro-magnetic pulse (EMP) as long as we're in Tescos?
#26
gari189
Wow - never thought I'd see a Faraday cage mentioned on HDUK !!

So does this mean that in the event of a nuclear explosion our phones would be protected from the electro-magnetic pulse (EMP) as long as we're in Tescos?


I don't think we'd be safe in Tesco, might be worth trying though. The only problem is that the masts are outside so would break and the phone would be useless anyway.
#27
Is there actually any evidence it's always deliberate? One of the buildings I work in has terrible network reception, it's a similar design to what's used at retail parks. However it's not intentional, in fact we've been looking at solutions to try and get network reception within the building as mobiles are very much needed.

John
#28
Loved this thread!!!! I am the only person I know who doesn't and will not own a mobile phone. I like my brain to work without being cooked....

Let blocking prevail...

Why is it when you are face to face talking to someone they will stop the conversation dead to answer their phone? Rude, rude, rude. People driving on the phone, urrrggghhhh. And, as Syzable said, when they go off in the cinema..... I can feel a rant starting, so will end there!
#29
jackskellington
Loved this thread!!!! I am the only person I know who doesn't and will not own a mobile phone. I like my brain to work without being cooked....

Let blocking prevail...

Why is it when you are face to face talking to someone they will stop the conversation dead to answer their phone? Rude, rude, rude. People driving on the phone, urrrggghhhh. And, as Syzable said, when they go off in the cinema..... I can feel a rant starting, so will end there!


Some mobile phone users are right *****, still its a handy invention and can save lives.
#30
i think thats horrible to block some ones signal, if am in public i wont talk for long if some one phones just for a yap, ill sya all call later, but to block it, when people need nit for emergancyss tuttut
#31
And another thing....
texting... there seems to be an inability for a 'certain generation' to spell correctly. I understand why you would want to abbreviate in a text but I know so many who can't spell properly and I am sure it is down to this - you should see some of the C.V.'s I've been sent!
My cousin's daughter texted her friend "wot r u doing?" reply "txting u, and u" "txting u". Tomorrow's brain surgeons no doubt!

Sorry did promise I wouldn't rant, but....
banned#32
Shengis
Didn't know this was happening till I read this. I'm all for it, you enter a privately owned building, you abide by their rules. Have you ever considered (pre ban obviously) smoking in a supermarket? Ever done it? No. There you go then. Mobile phones are just as anti-social imho.


Yes and No.

If you are in a hotel, i dont think it unreasnable not to be able to take calls on a mobile. A blocker wont descriminate whether you are in your room or a meeting room. I would imagine if businesses knew of this happening, they'd avoid it.

As for supermarkets, Id certainly not make a call (unless it was to ask the missus which brand it was she wanted. Long private conversations are a no no and Ive Im called I will ring them back. But if that call was urgent, Id expect to be able to receive it.

Ive certainly thought about buying a blocker for travelling on the train to work. Some people dont even need phones they talk so loud!!!!
banned#33
jackskellington
And another thing....
texting... there seems to be an inability for a 'certain generation' to spell correctly. I understand why you would want to abbreviate in a text but I know so many who can't spell properly and I am sure it is down to this - you should see some of the C.V.'s I've been sent!
My cousin's daughter texted her friend "wot r u doing?" reply "txting u, and u" "txting u". Tomorrow's brain surgeons no doubt!

Sorry did promise I wouldn't rant, but....


Quite agree m8! :whistling:

I have to admit, it's something that annoys the hell out of me also. I rarely use text, but when I do, it's written properly.
#34
Sainsbury's don't do it. Not all companies use them, just other signals probably overpower mobile phone signals.
#35
guv
If you are in a hotel, i dont think it unreasnable not to be able to take calls on a mobile. A blocker wont descriminate whether you are in your room or a meeting room. I would imagine if businesses knew of this happening, they'd avoid it.


Ah, but I wouldn't include hotels because you are renting the space, so therefore technically own it until you leave and also a hotel room is private;-)
#36
dcx_badass
Every Marks & Spencers seems to block them, even on streets with identical buildings M & S is the only one where your signal just dies as soon as you get near the centre of the store, in every one. It's annoying in supermarkets but i think its the buiding that does it. Also the 'Cockpit' in Leeds the smaller stage has no signal on any network, not even emergency calls.



No problem with M&S stores here, mobiles work fine.

John
#37
Never experience this problem, the only time it happened is when i go into a hospital
On Orange

EDIT: M&S is fine, do my weekly shopping in there
#38
qazim
Never experience this problem, the only time it happened is when i go into a hospital
On Orange

EDIT: M&S is fine, do my weekly shopping in there


you SHOULD turn your mobile off in a hospital anyway
#39
urbanlegend11
you SHOULD turn your mobile off in a hospital anyway


It only needs to be off near certain equipment, the blanket poilicy the NHS generally has is OTT and could be more specific.
#40
schizoboy
It only needs to be off near certain equipment, the blanket poilicy the NHS generally has is OTT and could be more specific.


Increasingly, because of people's bad behaviour on wards - there are going to have to be more rules made sadly. We all know how irritating it is on a train when you hear innane conversations. Just imagine being confined to a bed and not be able to get away from it. Often it is their visitors who are the worst offnders, shouting into the phones using very offensive language. For most people in hospital privacy is something to be treasured, there is only a curtain between you.

Discussing very bad news to someone in one bed, while in the next some ignoramous is chattering and laughing, is not something I ever want to experience again. An increasing number of people have no respect for others, or basic manners to know when something is not appropriate. That applies whether it is a mobile or the much more expensive patient bedside phones.

Yes hospitals are very stressful places where the use of a mobile is often comforting. This can be done discreetly where it upsets nobody.

In another incident while trying to give complicated instructions to a man, his phone went off....and he answered it, and proceeded to relay our conversation. My policy when it happens now is to leave them in the room and go and deal with someone else. Often they become disgruntled and leave...suits me just fine. It is for these reasons that I have a sign saying turn the mobile off, however this is still ignored anyway. My mobile is always on silent when I am in work. I only check it when I am on my own.

Rules have to be made where there is a lack of common sense.

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