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Churches weigh in on cellphone jamming

Ryan Block, @ryan

And here we were thinking the church was really taking to the idea of cellphones, but apparently in some countries slightly less strict on their communications codes than we (such as Mexico, India, and even Italy), churches have been installing cellphone jammers. Typically they are Israeli-built units (such as the one pictured) which cost about $2,000 a pop from the parishioner's donation plate; even still one reverand was quoted as saying, "There are still many people who don't understand that being at Mass is sharing a moment with God." Like those pesky doctors, EMTs, and firemen. Come on though, if you're going to do it, do it right and at least pretend to make emergency calls available. You know, like the French.

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