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Detector finds smuggled cellphones even without batteries or SIM cards

Stephen Lawson | April 30, 2013
Turning off cellphones or even locking them in metal boxes won't be enough to keep them hidden with a new phone detector introduced on Monday.

If the Manta Ray is just a non-transmitting, passive sensor, there's not much for it to sense, said Farpoint Group analyst Craig Mathias, a longtime student of many wireless technologies.

"A cellphone that is completely off emits no radiation that I'm aware of," Mathias said. He suggested it might use magnetism.

"I'm sure it's not magic, I'm sure it works," Mathias said. "But it's weird."

 

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