Vibration option works

PUBLISHED : Monday, 04 October, 1999, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 04 October, 1999, 12:00am

I refer to the report headlined, 'Split on jamming of mobile phones' (South China Morning Post, September 21).

In the US, cellphone jamming is currently illegal. Nevertheless, the same debate is occurring in the US as it is in Hong Kong and elsewhere around the world.

I think most people agree that ringing phones are a problem in inappropriate situations, locations, or times. Politicians and the media continually overlook the obvious solution to this social problem. I carry a phone with a vibrating ringer option. I want to stay connected, but I do not want to disturb concerts, movies, or meetings. A quick glance at my silent phone's caller ID allows me to decide if I need to leave the room to take the call. This system works perfectly. Yet it is ignored in all public discussion that I have seen.

Perhaps the vibration option could be required before entering a concert hall. The main disadvantage to this solution is the minimal, one-time, extra cost of the vibrating option. This option is worth that cost to me. When I attend a movie or concert, I expect my babysitter to be able to contact me directly in case of a problem. I would avoid any theatre or concert hall that was jammed.

This technical option, combined with some common-sense etiquette (for example, stepping out of the room to carry on a phone conversation), can completely eliminate the need for this senseless debate over jamming.

ALLAN COON Dallas, Texas, US