Repeaters are illegal
PEOPLE who buy or use illegal mobile phone repeaters could face two years jail or a $255,000 fine, Consumer Protection has warned. Repeaters are used to improve signal stability. Consumer Protection Commissioner Anne Driscoll said unless the repeaters were approved by an authorised telecommunications provider, they could put lives at risk. “While the repeaters may boost a weak mobile signal for the user, the unlicensed device could interfere with the mobile reception of their neighbours and local community,” she said. “This could severely interrupt the operations of a local business or, at worst, prevent someone from making a life-saving emergency call.” Information on this can be obtained from the Australian Communications and Media Authority.