No Cell Phones Allowed

November 5, 2010

What does a prison visiting room have in common with a Vegas casino?

What does a massage parlor have in common with a local church?

Increasingly, these are places that not only prohibit the use of a cell phone but also actually ban cell phones all together.

As cell phone use skyrockets and cameras and video recorders become common features on most phones, many establishments – both private and public – are not only banning patrons from using their phones but actually banning the phones themselves.

For many places, it is not the rude bantering on ones’ cell phone that is causing the concern but rather the feature packed phones themselves.  “We’ve never allowed cameras or video recorders in our casinos,” notes one gaming security specialist, “and it did not take long for it to dawn on us that people would use their phones to gain an unfair advantage in our casinos.”

Today, you’ll find “No Cell Phones Allowed” signs in dance studios, hospitals, locker rooms, gyms, libraries, rodeos, restaurants, cinemas, theatres, cabarets, golf courses, tennis clubs, classrooms, recovery centers, doctor’s offices, dental offices, research and development departments, prison visiting rooms, drama studios, and nearly every government building including all Homeland Security offices and all branches of military such as Navy, Army, Air Force, and Marines.

In Miami, Florida, one theatre patron complains, “Security entering the theatre for the premiere was higher than at the county courthouse.  The theatre said ‘No Cell Phones Allowed” at all – not even phones without cameras like mine.  I had to go back to the parking lot to put my phone in my car.”

Not all patrons are bemoaning the change.  Student Heidi Duarte, a sixteen year old at East Mecklenburg High School in Charlotte, South Carolina, quipped, “75 percent of students text in class. Everywhere I look, during all my classes, there are people texting. Sometimes during tests, I see my friends texting each other answers. They say it is because they want to help each other better their grade. Even I text.” (Charlotte Observer, October 26, 2010).

Brandon Ragsdale, a fourteen year old, at North Stanley High School in New London, South Carolina, stated, “Most every student texts in class. All the time I look around, someone is texting. People cheat a lot on tests and I don’t think that’s right.” (Charlotte Observer, October 26, 2010).

Which begs the question? We all bring our phones everywhere we go … so … what do we do when we find ourselves jumping out of a cab and walking into a courtroom with a phone that can’t go with us?

In Fort Wayne, Indiana, when courtroom participants were scanned with airport-like x-ray systems and told that phones could not be brought in with them, some resorted to hiding their phone in the bushes outside the court buildings.  Others trusted their phone to a fledgling entrepreneur who provided phone-sitting services for an hourly fee.

As the cell phone storage problem grew, locker manufacturers like Florence Manufacturing began producing cell phone storage lockers so that institutions and businesses that prohibit cell phones could provide a place to store their patron’s phones.  Now, there are three primary cell phone storage lockers offered to businesses, government institutions, and public facilities:

First, there are cell phone storage lockers with “A” style doors.  These A door cell phone storage boxes are designed for use in government facilities, office buildings, or other settings where small items, personal items need to be stored safely and securely. The cell phone storage locker is constructed of heavy gauge anodized aluminum and each locker door comes with a lock and two keys.

Florence Cell Phone Mini Storage LockersThese Cell Phone Storage Lockers are available as a front-loading or rear-loading unit and compartments are available in two overall depths which will easily fit into the depth of any standard wall. Each front-loading unit is equipped with a master door and lock allowing quick access to all the lockers at the same time.  Each rear-loading unit comes with a lift-off rear cover.

Wristband key chains are available for each locker door.  Additional options include name slots, mail slots, black fill engraving, combination locks, or hinged rear covers.

Second, there are cell phone storage lockers with “C” style doors.  These units are used exactly like the “A” style units and have all of the same options.  The primary difference is the size of the door.  “C” style doors are twice as wide (8 inches) as “A” style doors (4 inches).

Both the “A” style and “C” styles come in a wide array of finishes to match interior finishes.  Finishes include anodized aluminum as well as powder coats in the following colors:  antique bronze, antique copper, black, blonde gold, dark bronze, gold, gold speck, postal grey, sandstone, and silver speck.

Finally (third), cell phone storage cabinets are also available with pedestals when wall mounting is not the most feasible option.  The pedestal mailbox has a rear hinged master door secured with a private master lock.  They are constructed of extruded aluminum framing members with doors that provide strength, resistance to corrosion, and can be ordered in anodized aluminum or powder coated in gold, medium bronze, dark bronze, or black for an attractive appeal.

Double wall mail compartments are fabricated of extruded and sheet aluminum.  The doors are engraved 1-16 with a convertible slot in the upper left door.  Pedestal Cell Phone Storage Lockers work well for storing phones but also keys, personal electronic devices and many other small items.

For more information about cell phone storage lockers, contact MailBoxWorks, Inc. at 1-866-717-4943 or see complete details and excellent pricing for all units on their website at

Categorized in: