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Topic # 198251 2-Jul-2016 01:15
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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?





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  Reply # 1584442 2-Jul-2016 01:57
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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.


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  Reply # 1584448 2-Jul-2016 07:06
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In New Zealand, you can only use devices that the network operators permit to be used in their spectrum holdings.

 

For Spark and 2degrees, its a Cel-fi, which is a 2 part amplifier with a radio linking the two boxes. This allows external reception and internal broadcast of a mobile signal to a premises for example.

 

For Vodafone its a sure signal, which is a femto cell. This requires Vodafone broadband as it is a mini base station. Traffic is zero rated across your connection so it does not matter how many people use the connection.

 

Any other devices are not allowed. If you do install something else and its causes problems, the operators and RSM will come looking for you.




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So that is to say that the website I linked to are selling illegal equipment?




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sonyxperiageek: So that is to say that the website I linked to are selling illegal equipment?

 

From the RSM website

 

 

It is a general expectation these days that your mobile phone will work satisfactorily almost everywhere. If your home, workplace or vehicle does have poor coverage, you may decide to search online for solutions and find yourself at a website offering mobile boosters or repeaters to cure the problem.

 

Many of these devices can cause interference and dropped calls across the wider cellular network. This is why network operator approval is essential for the installation and operation of such equipment.

 

If approval is not given, the equipment is then not authorised by the required licence. The user of unlicensed equipment is subject to infringement offence penalties and possible prosecution. If interference is caused, it may also result in a damages claim from the network operator.

 

Overseas web sites such as  www.mobilephonesignalbooster.co.nz, give the impression of being a New Zealand site and suggest their products are approved for use in New Zealand by the service providers, Telecom, Vodafone and 2degrees. This is not the case.

 

Careful study of the “Conditions” on these websites may find a disclaimer to the effect that “Using this equipment may require a licence. It’s your own responsibility to check with the governmental authority having jurisdiction prior to use… “ etc.

 

If you are having coverage problems with your mobile service, always check first for solutions with the cellular service provider

 


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Got this email back from them:

 

 

Hi  Matthew

 

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!





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