Online Retailers to Ban the Sale of Miniature Mobile Phones

Online retailers to ban the sale of miniature mobile phones

Miniature mobile phones, used to smuggle in prisons, are being banned by the U.K. government.

In the U.K., miniature phones have been banned due to risk of being smuggled into prison. David Lidington, the justice secretary said the devices were advertised as being able to go undetected by the body orifice security scanners used in England and Wales.

‘Beat the BOSS’ phones can be bought for £25, however, they are being smuggled into jails for £500.

As per BBC News, around 20,000 illicit phones and sim cards were reported by prison guards in 2016. Two-thirds of the mobiles found were ‘beat the BOSS’ phones, the Ministry of Justice said. These mobile phones are as small as a lipstick, while the mini ones are even smaller and available online. These are metal-free and thus cannot be detected by sensors at entrances of prisons. Prisoners usually use these devices to communicate with the outside world and plan escapes.

“It’s pretty clear that these miniature phones are being advertised and sold with the purpose of being smuggled,” Mr. Lidington said in a speech. “I am calling on online retailers and trading websites to take down products that are advertised to evade detection measures in prisons.”, he added.

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