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  # 2239688 17-May-2019 09:00
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@crusader2015 check this page for more information.



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, and give the impression of being a New Zealand site and suggest their products are approved for use in New Zealand by the service providers, Spark, 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 with your service provider for one of the approved solutions.



More work needs to be done by providers to fix dead spots in urban areas let alone rural areas. Ive ended up in a dead spot in a normal urban area and it sucks big time. I do not blame the poster for trying to seek solutions that may be fringe.


You might get a visit from the police and be fined if using illegal/unlicensed radio equipment in New Zealand.


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  # 2243246 22-May-2019 17:57
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please stay away from the boosters that are offered for sale at sites like or aliexpress.




in nz the only approved booster for the public is the celfi units. 


the problem with the ones from mobilesignalbooster and the likes are what are called unauthorized units( they have not been given the ok to be used by the licence holder eg spark and vodafone)




my job is an interference hunter for a couple of the networks and we come across these boosters all the times. the reason we are called in to look for them is because it has gone faulty and is now transmitting on the receive band. this is then impacting the local cell site and causing issues to the customers on the network. the problem with the devices are they are normaly made of cheaper less qual components. the boosters that are approved have a ramping system so they will slowly ramp up to a level that is needed and no more. the cheap chinese ones are 100% power all the time. we have found the ones that have gone faulty have only lasted around 6-8 weeks before causing issues.




we report any boosters that are unauthorized to RSM
your best best is to apply for one through the celfi website


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# 2268690 2-Jul-2019 18:38
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Lucky I found this discussion, I reckon! 


I was about to inquire at re a 1500m2 kit for our large home but I'll get onto the CelFi peeps instead.


I admit I was always suspicious of their offers but supposedly they're based in Jowers Rd, West Melton. Just around the corner from me! Haha!


I was initially going to get an enterprise solution SureSignal from Vodafone but they don't do them anymore.


We have a standard one and it works well but the coverage over the house is nowhere near enough. Still missing important business calls and text messages sometimes never arrive.


And only 2.4Km from the West Melton tower.


Hopefully CelFi can do the trick. Cheers.




(Don't get me started on the RBI service! Or lack thereof 😠)

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  # 2268715 2-Jul-2019 18:41
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@chrusty just confirming are you actually going to buy one or not?

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  # 2268729 2-Jul-2019 19:01
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Given my estimation of your location.... Have you tried spark? Network is pretty well covered there.

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  # 2268846 2-Jul-2019 21:37
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Hi Linux


Chances are good that I'll be buying one.


Just so happens that the Sky installer that is coming to replace my dead MySky box tomorrow happens to be a Cel-Fi installer!


I'll wag work for an hour or two to pick his brain first :-)




Hi hio77


I'm pretty sure Spark comes from the same tower. Any visitors with Spark phones seem to have similar issues :-(



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