Geo-locator blocking pouch for cell phones


Gps_blocking_pouch_1A lot has been written about employers giving their workers cell phones with GPS-enabled geo-locator services that lets them keep track of the whereabouts of the workers at all times through the cell phone.  These services work with phones with GPS integrated into the device and track the workers by transmitting the exact location of the worker at certain intervals.

An enterprising German inventor, Aram Bartholl, has developed a couple of pouches that create Faraday cages that block the transmission of the location data back to the service.  Theoretically this could prevent the employer from knowing where you are, which would probably get you fired.  Interesting use of technology, though.



if you want a faraday cage, just put your phone in a tin can… find a small cookie or candy tin and when you want to go stealth, put it in the can…


I use a pouch anyway, anything part of an network is connected in such way it communicates, powered on or off. is it just sleeping? those who cannot understand should not be allowed to make fun of such. Use a simple bag when you dont need it more than an hour. The companys design the cell phone from the inside out, you didnt know they can transfer data wile you are sleeping. the more advanced the phone is the more risk to your personal data.


No, but when the phone is in the case, you cannot make or recieve a call either (a faraday cage blocks signal).

Save the dough and turn the phone off. ;)


ummmm, can you make and receive phone calls when your phone is OFF?? I’m guessing the person who would use this sort of pouch would only do so to complicate the tracking function but still have the option to make and receive calls. Most likely not fool proof but definitely interesting.

Jon Gallagher

Interesting idea for us slacker but, since I don’t think you can tune a Faraday cage, how does one get or make a phone call with a cell phone in such a pouch?

Also, I call “BS” on the idea that a powered-off phone is talking to the network. At least in the cellular networks I’m familiar with (US AMPS, CDMA and GSM), off means off.

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