Introduction to Cell Signal Boosters and mobile repeater
What is a Cell Signal Booster?
To begin, a mobile signal booster is exactly what it sounds like. It’s a device that boosts the signal for your cell phone or smartphone, so you get better reception in your home, apartment, office, or car. This kind of signal amplifier can provide better receptibility in most places where there is heavy mobile device usage. Typically, they boost the strength of 3G and 4G LTE signals by 32 times.
These boosters work on most devices and are not limited by cell phone service providers. This means they will work on virtually any phone, whether they’re receiving service from AT&T, Verizon, Sprint, or any other carrier. It should be noted that this is not a service that will require a monthly service fee, as is the case with cell service. Once you purchase the booster, you’re all set to go.
The idea of enhancing your cell phone’s signal strength seems like a dream come true, leaving some would-be consumers wondering if there’s something illegal about this technology. Fortunately, that’s not the case. Cell signal boosters are certified by the (Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and are permitted to be used on all networks.
How is a Mobile Signal Booster Different from a Mobile Repeater?
The main difference between a booster and a repeater that consumers should know is that, unlike the booster, repeaters are illegal. A repeater doesn’t just boost signal strength; it regenerates or repeats a specific mobile signal. Mobile service carriers are permitted to use repeaters to boost signal strength in areas with poor reception, but individual customers can only operate a repeater with the authorization of their service provider.
The reason for this is that the repeater operates within the radio frequency bands licensed to the mobile carrier. Operating a repeater device can disrupt service for other users in the area, which is why it’s illegal for ordinary cell phone users to operate. The 1992 radiocommunications Act establishes that it’s illegal to operate mobile phone repeaters and also to possess the device with the intent tooperate it. Violating this law carries a two year prison term and may cost the “body corporate” a $270,000 fine.
There is definitely a need to boost the strength of your signal in certain areas and we now have the technology to do so. However, it’s important to utilize government approved technology, so those extra bars don’t cost you jail time and a prison record that could follow you for the rest of your life. Cell phone service boosters can do he job well enough without carrying the risk of imprisonment and causing damage to the cellular infrastructure. In the end, illegal use of repeater devices may do more harm than good.