Someone emailed me regarding a mobile signal booster (mobilesignalboosters [dot] [co] [dot] [NZ]) I was wondering if these guys have certified, and legal equipment to boost the service provider's signal?
I was hoping this was some sort of internet to mobile signal solution, but it seems like it only takes an existing signal and rebroadcasts it like a WiFi extender.
Got this email back from them:
The question about legality is complicated.
Because major certified brand in NZ (and worldwide) called Cel-Fi is promoting its products and is authorized by the operators and the government. Their promotion includes to "clean" the market from the other products as they take big market volume by offering low priced products with the same features.
That's is why they are stating all around that other boosters are illegal.
The statement includes that the user should pay a big fine in case when they are found out by the authorities using a booster.
The reality shows this is not true at all. As those guys in signal boosters shop have been dealing with NZ offline for a long time also with Australia, UK. In all those countries government and operators are promoting Cel-Fi brand but users have never been fined.
So far, officially selling is not illegal.
My reply was telling them that while it's not illegal to sell, they're passing on the risk to their customers which is a dick move. Reality and law are two different things!