iPhone Bag Blocks Cell Signals — Just Like Airplane Mode

The Blokket is just about the most stupid, wrong-headed case I have seen in a while. It certainly looks nice enough, and I’d probably use it based on its cute tool-bag styling alone. But the case also blocks cell signals, letting you “turn off distractions” for a moment. I hope you like dead batteries.

The bag is made from nylon and silver, woven into a radiation shield that cuts your iPhone off from the waves of the world. This is meant to provide you with a brief respite from the distractions of the modern world.

The trouble is, your iPhone already does this. It’s called Airplane Mode and it shuts off all the iPhone’s connectivity. Airplane mode also has the pleasant side-effect of prolonging battery life: I spent the past weekend in the middle of nowhere (actually the middle of Germany, but still) and had the phone set in Airplane mode the whole time. The battery barely dropped and didn’t need charging from Friday Tuesday.

But if you block the signals, then your iPhone’s cellular radio goes into overdrive and amps up to full power trying to find a connection. This is why you phone is so hot (and its battery so drained) if you forget to switch it off when flying.

So, buy a cute roll-up case by all means, but don’t by one that blocks the signal. If you don’t want to use your phone, just switch the thing off.

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  • TheLawofOne

    Blocking and disabling are 2 different mechanics. The Blokket works like a mini Faraday cage, isolating whatever’s inside from ALL outside connections. Airplane mode when activated, suspends many of the device’s signal transmitting functions, thereby disabling the device’s capacity to place or receive calls or use text messaging – while still permitting use of other functions that do not require signal transmission including Bluetooth & WiFi (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Airplane_mode.) There clearly was no investigative research done on the subject matter and you are not an investigative journalist. Please do your research before spewing disinformation. The article is extremely misinformative and Cult of Mac should be ashamed of themselves for approving this article!

  • TheKnightWhoSaysNi

    Blocking and disabling are 2 different mechanics

    That is exactly what the article says. You obviously didn’t read it.

  • TheLawofOne
    Blocking and disabling are 2 different mechanics

    That is exactly what the article says. You obviously didn’t read it.

    You are incorrect
    “It’s called Airplane Mode and it shuts off all the iPhone’s connectivity”
    ALL vs many
    You used my quote of blocking and disabling being 2 different mechanics and stated that is exactly what the article says. I see nowhere in the article stating this. If you do respond with the quote.

  • Taojones_1

    i guess it might be handy if you did not want to be tracked while you are stalking and murdering someone but i guess if i were a clever criminal i would leave the phone on where i wanted an alibi far from the scene of the crime. looks like another solution for a problem that does not exist . HEY! EVERYBODY HAS A RIGHT TO BE WRONG!

  • TheLawofOne

    i guess it might be handy if you did not want to be tracked while you are stalking and murdering someone but i guess if i were a clever criminal i would leave the phone on where i wanted an alibi far from the scene of the crime. looks like another solution for a problem that does not exist . HEY! EVERYBODY HAS A RIGHT TO BE WRONG!

    How does violence and criminality correlate to right to privacy i.e. the fourth amendment?

  • joewaylo

    Governments use this bag all the time in their restricted areas. And my office is built to block all cell signals. 100% concrete proof. So I’m used to a speedy dying battery unless I flip to airplane mode and begin charging.

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