The Italian Almanac

spy phone

Soy Phones

Italians have been using illegal new 'spy phones' to make sure their partners haven't been cheating on them. Suspicious spouses bought the phones from a Vicenza firm and gave them to their loved ones as gifts. The phones used software invented by a young engineer from Catanzaro to send recordings to a second machine that also tracked the targets by satellite, police said.

Using the phones, a married couple in Naples found out they were involved in a four-way love tangle with another couple living in their condominium. Police monitoring use of the phones had to rush to a Palermo house to stop an angry wife using a knife on her unfaithful husband.

The phones were also used by employers to keep tabs on their staff and by parents to track their kids.