It might look like a walkie talkie, but that little box is more powerful than you think. When a cell phone jammer is turned on, it can block any cell phone service in the area. Using one is not only a federal crime but is could result in a 16,000 dólares fine and jail time.
But that did not stop Eric, a man from Philadelphia, who was fed up with the chatty cell phone talkers on the 44 bus. According to a TV channel, Eric would fire up that jammer when he did not want to hear the conversations. "A lot of people are extremely loud, no sense of privacy or anything. When it becomes a bother, that's when I screw on the antenna and flip the switch", Eric told the reporters.
Eric claimed that he did not know it was illegal to block a cell phone sign, and thought it was a "grey area". He said he was under the impression that it was only illegal when blocking television or radio signals. "I guess I'm taking the law into my own hands and, quite frankly, I'm proud of it", he added.
This type of jammers is illegal because they could prevent cell phone communication in emergencies and because they can block other important signals such as police radio. But the bigger issue is that Eric is not alone in this jamming practice. Jammers are easy to buy at sites on the Internet. Police reported that other people in the New Jersey and New York area are using them as well. Maybe Eric's story will remind them all of just how illegal using that powerful device is.
I. READING COMPREHENSION
1. Are the following statements TRUE or FALSE? Copy the evidence from the text. No marks are given for only TRUE or FALSE.
a. Eric is not sorry for his action.
b. The use of cell phone Jammers has been restricted to the Philadelphia area.
2. In your own words and based on the ideas n the text, answer the following questions. Do not copy from the text.
a. According to the text, what is a jammer used for?
b. Why is using a jammer considered a crime?
II. USE OF ENGLISH3. Find the words in the text that mean:
a. penalty (paragraph 1): fineb. tired of (paragraph 2): fed up withc. nuisance (paragraph 2): botherd. like (paragraph 4): such as
4. Complete the following sentences. Use the appropriate form of the word in brackets when given.
d. Complete the following sentence to report what was said.
- "I have used cell phones ever phones ever sinces I started going to school", Kate said.
- Kate said that she had used cell phones ever since she started/had started going to school.
5. Write about 100 to 150 words on the following topic.
- Describe a situation in which a cell phone could be really useful.