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Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by max2, Apr 26, 2018.
This is on their demo units of tablets and phones.
Because they're a crappy company?
It's probably in an attempt to block comparison shopping (in store at least.)
Yeah I think your right but people could just instead do it on their smartphones
Why does it matter? What is the need here?
Until they buy cellphone jammers?
I guess I never tried to check out MacRumors in Best Buy. I imagine they don't want people just standing around and using their demo computers to go on sites and mess around. Their idea is to let you check out things like the keyboard, speed, ease of use - you know the features of the product. Not play around on the internet. Granted how fast a computer can load a site is a good thing to check. And while I can see the need to see GPU performance with games, I don't think they can allow that for just a casual shopper. But obviously they permit more hands on than an online store does. And unless you have an authorized Apple store close - or Best Buy - you won't be getting a hands on of any macs at an online.
I admit to using my iPhone to price check so I am very glad stores are not using jammers.
Just some observations.
They’re probably running a narrow whitelist, rather than blocking macrumors specifically. That’s an easy way to stop kids loading up dodgy content for giggles.
If they want to face fines and possible imprisonment.
"Jammers cannot be marketed or operated in the United States except in the very limited context of authorized, official use by the federal government."
FCC FAQ on jammers (PDF File): https://transition.fcc.gov/eb/jammerenforcement/jamfaq.pdf
Cell phones often get little or no signal in stores because of construction materials used. Some stores work better either because a cell tower is closer, materials used don't block signals or they have installed boosters.
I imagine some countries allow cell jammers. I can't imagine many would. Since it would cause problems with their cellular networks. Since this was about Best Buy. I'm assuming US.