PocketHound Covert Cell Phone Detector

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PocketHound™ is the industry's most sensitive cell phone detector for it's size. This award-winning*, passive receiver is no larger or heavier than a deck of cards and specifically tuned to the RF signature of common cell phones (both U.S. & international bands) including all 2G, 3G and 4G bands (PCS, CDMA / WCDMA (UMTS), GSM, EGSM).

  • Covert size fits in any pocket
  • Detects active cell phone use up to 75 feet away
  • Vibrating alerts for user

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    PocketHound™ is the industry’s most sensitive cell phone detector for it’s size. This award-winning*, passive receiver is no larger or heavier than a deck of cards and specifically tuned to the RF signature of common cell phones (both U.S. & international bands) including all 2G, 3G and 4G bands (PCS, CDMA / WCDMA (UMTS), GSM, EGSM).

    This breadth of band detection allows any security personnel to locate nearby cell phones in either standby mode* or during active voice, text or data RF transmissions making it the perfect TSCM tool for enforcing your NO WIRELESS security policy. PocketHound prevents unauthorized mobile phone use by detecting nearby (up to 75 feet indoors) cellular phones all from your pocket. PocketHound’s auto threshold feature automatically detects cell phone activity only above the RF noise in your environment. This prevents false triggers and alerts the user to any cell phone activity with bright LED flashing or vibration for completely covert, in-pocket detection.

    Pocket Hound Covert Cell Phone Detector is the perfect device for  GOVERNMENT BUILDINGS  (court rooms),  CLASSROOMS & UNIVERSITIES  (stop cheating students) and  SECURED INSTALLATIONS  (prevent corporate espionage) as well as  CORRECTIONAL FACILITIES  (detect and locate contraband cell phones) and made  entirely in the USA.


    • Small enough to fit into your pocket or the palm of your hand
    • Auto threshold sets detection level above ambient RF noise to avoid false triggering
    • Perfect for catching cheating students, corporate espionage, government secure facilities & prisons too
    • Internal, integrated flat antenna
    • Up to 75 foot detection range indoors
    • Superbright LEDs & vibration alerts you all from within your pocket
    • Receiver design boasts a dynamic range of -60 dB with user settable sensitivity
    • Detects all phones including 2G, 3G, 4G, CDMA, GSM, PCS, UMTS & more
    • User selectable up to –50dBm with a resolution of 2dB for detection in a noisy environment (typical of prisons)
    • Selectivity rejection of at least 50 dB at 1 MHz from the uplink frequency bands provides high immunity from false triggering caused by base stations, personal communication devices and other sources of interference
    • User selectable mobile frequency bands allow the same unit to be used around the world; both USA and international bands supported including 2G, 3G, 4G, GSM, CDMA, PCS, UMTS, WCDMA, AWS, EGSM & more
    • Includes one year hardware warranty
    • Made in the USA

    *Standby mode (autonomous registration) varies from base station to base station with phones typically registering between once every few minutes to up to 20 minutes. This time varies greatly based upon carriers, distance from base stations and individual handset manufacturers’ standards.

    *PocketHound ships to that region as the default but may be switched to other supported regions at anytime by the user using the included utility software.


    U.S. Bands Supported
    • LTE Uplink 699-716 MHz
    • LTE Uplink 777-787 MHz
    • LTE Uplink 788-798 MHz
    • 824-849 MHz
    • 896-901 MHz
    • AWS Uplink 1710-1755 MHz
    • 1850-1910 MHz
    • 2305-2315 MHz

    (International Bands Supported)

    EU / Australia / New Zealand / Israel / Canada / Sweden / Brazil / Japan 

    • EUDD 832-862 MHz
    • EGSM 880-915 MHz
    • DCS 1710-1785 MHz
    • IMT 1920-1980 MHz
    • IMT-E 2500-2570 MHz

    Check with our sales team to include your country’s band selection including a custom set of bands

    Radius of Coverage Area 75 feet (~25 meters) under typical conditions
    Sensitivity Range60 dB
    Sensitivity-83 dBm
    Selectivity Rejection>50 dB @ 1 MHz uplink band edges
    Detector Resolution2 dB
    Bandwidth Resolution4 MHz / 20 MHz
    Receiving ModesHigh-speed scanning (uplink cellphone bands)
    Antennas SupportedBuilt-in omni-directional (under front label)
    USBMini-USB jack for charging only
    Visual AlertsSuperbright LEDs
    Tactile Inputs2-way Slider Switch
    Tactile FeedbackIntegrated vibrator that increases with intensity as RSSI increases
    Weight Under 1 lb.
    Dimensions 4″ L x 3″ W x 1″ D
    Internal Battery RuntimeInternal Li-Ion Polymer battery provides minimum run time of 2 hours
    Antenna Internal
    Retractable USB CableUSB mini to standard
    Charger 5VDC
    Software PC Configuration Software


    Does PocketHound identify callers or their phone numbers?”

    No. PocketHound Cell Detector is a precision RF cellular scanning device that identifies cellphone activity (both standby mode and active modes) and assists in locating them. It is a wireless tool used by security officers and personnel that require a NO WIRELESS security policy

    How far away can I detect cell phones?”

    Typical range is about 75 feet but this varies depending upon the environment.

    Does the intensity of the vibration correspond to signal strength or distance from a phone?”

    No, the vibration of the Pockethound remains constant regardless of the signal strength.

    Can I detect phones in standby mode?

    PocketHound can detect phones in the standby mode but keep in mind when a phone is ON in standby it is not constantly transmitting. Phones register to the local cell tower/base station at different intervals that the tower/carrier determines (could be every so many seconds, minutes, 5 minutes, or we have seen 20 minutes). When a phone registers it is a short pulse less than 1 sec so the BLUE LED will light up quickly and vibrator will not vibrate because the pulse is so short. Easy test is if you take your phone and put it next to PocketHound and shut off your phone completely wait a few minutes then turn the phone on your phone should try to register to the base station and you should see a short flash on the pockethound.


    “My facility recently purchased four of the PocketHound cell phone detectors. They were immediately beneficial at helping staff locate and reduce the number of cellular phones possessed by offenders inside our institution. We would not have been able to accomplish this goal without the aid of the PocketHounds.”

    Lead Captain Michael Biddle
    Miami Correctional Facility


    “I immediately began successfully detecting hidden cell phones. Being in the Criminal Corrections field, this product is a great tool to have. This product delivers at every level, it is small enough to conceal, easy enough for just about anyone to use properly and accurate enough to trust. Also, this product has worked so well for me that I have recommended it (imparticular) to others working in my field. Great job BVSystems!”

    Court Officer Ross Scott
    Nashville, TN


    “I ordered it due to the low cost and the ability to conceal.  I use it in a prison setting and have not found any cell phones to date and didn’t expect to as my facility is very clean as opposed to others.  I do know the PocketHound works because there are two employees here that are allowed to carry their cell phones inside with them and whenever I am in their vicinity and have the PocketHound on me, it does pick up their phones.  This assures me that it works and will pick up a phone if one is ever in the area I am using it.”

    Lead Captain
    Michigan Department of Corrections


     “[PocketHound] used in mustering prior to shift change, 2 officers had cell phones on them and were possibly going to take them to their duty stations, and the PocketHound detected them and they took them to their vehicles.””


    Warden Michael M. Johnston
    Blair County Prison

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