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Mobile signal booster

I have terrible signal in my flat, except over beside the windows.
I'm thinking... is there such a thing as a signal booster that could sit by the window and pass signal to my mobile. I think you can get relays like that for home broadband, right?

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AhmadCentral  May. 17, 2013 at 19:55

You;d have to ask your network to provide you with one.

You can't buy a repeater yourself as they are illegal. Only networks are allowed to sell/give you one.

JanSt / MOD  May. 18, 2013 at 09:43

Ahmad,
I wasn't aware they are illegal. Since when is that? I can see why: as they interfere with all gsm signasl except for the one you want to boost.

matt101101 / MOD  May. 18, 2013 at 15:23

Ahmad,
I wasn't aware they are illegal. Since when is that? I can see why: as they interfere with all gsm signals except for the one you want to boost.

They're illegal (unless licensed by Ofcom) under the Wireless Telegraphy Act 2006 s.8(1)(a) and (b).

Maximum penalties are a £1000 fine and up to 51 week imprisonment (6 months in Scotland and Northern Ireland).

AhmadCentral  May. 18, 2013 at 15:40

Yup, What Matt said is right.

Doesn't mean people don't buy/sell them though....

matt101101 / MOD  May. 18, 2013 at 16:01

Yup, What Matt said is right.

Doesn't mean people don't buy/sell them though....

AFAIK, buying, selling and possession of a mobile signal booster are all perfectly legal. It's only once you actually use it that it breaches the WTA s.8.

JanSt / MOD  May. 18, 2013 at 16:14

Ah... laws with loopholes are the best ;)

matt101101 / MOD  May. 18, 2013 at 16:21

I know Vodafone offer a type of signal booster that routes your calls and texts through your existing home Wi-Fi network, the OP didn't mention what network they are on so I have no idea if that would be of any help.

AhmadCentral  May. 18, 2013 at 17:15

Three and EE also do one now.

O2 have their TU GO app which does the same thing.
As far as i'm aware O2 also do a home signal booster for business customers.

matt101101 / MOD  May. 18, 2013 at 18:12

Three and EE also do one now.

O2 have their TU GO app which does the same thing.
As far as i'm aware O2 also do a home signal booster for business customers.

So you're basically covered as long as you're on one of the big networks.

AhmadCentral  May. 18, 2013 at 18:16

Yes, but unlike Vodafone, the other networks don't just give their boosters out to anyone. You have to actually have bad signal.

You can't request one just to boost signal in a random place or whatever.

matt101101 / MOD  May. 18, 2013 at 18:22

Yes, but unlike Vodafone, the other networks don't just give their boosters out to anyone. You have to actually have bad signal.

You can't request one just to boost signal in a random place or whatever.

What's the difference between boosting your signal in a random place and having a bad signal? Does having a bad signal at home qualify for the other network's boosters?

Saying that, none of them are true signal boosters, are they? They just re-route your network activity through your Wi-Fi connection.

AhmadCentral  May. 18, 2013 at 18:54

I'm not sure exactly why, but what i mean is on three/ee you can't just buy their booster and plug it in. It has to be assigned to your house/number for a reason.. So what i mean is that it's not as simple as just getting one, it has to be given to you.

And you're right, they do just use wi-fi.

matt101101 / MOD  May. 18, 2013 at 19:25

I'm not sure exactly why, but what i mean is on three/ee you can't just buy their booster and plug it in. It has to be assigned to your house/number for a reason.. So what i mean is that it's not as simple as just getting one, it has to be given to you.

And you're right, they do just use wi-fi.

Ahh, I think I understand. So you could, theoretically, buy a Vodafone one off eBay and use it to boost the signal of any VF device in your house? Whereas the EE ones are registered to your number?

I'm not sure these Wi-Fi using ones would be illegal to operate without the network's permission, because they don't actually use the protected frequencies, they use your Wi_fi network. Do you have any idea how well they actually work? I don't know anyone who has one, tbh.

AhmadCentral  May. 18, 2013 at 19:43

I'm not sure exactly why, but what i mean is on three/ee you can't just buy their booster and plug it in. It has to be assigned to your house/number for a reason.. So what i mean is that it's not as simple as just getting one, it has to be given to you.

And you're right, they do just use wi-fi.

Ahh, I think I understand. So you could, theoretically, buy a Vodafone one off eBay and use it to boost the signal of any VF device in your house? Whereas the EE ones are registered to your number?

I'm not sure these Wi-Fi using ones would be illegal to operate without the network's permission, because they don't actually use the protected frequencies, they use your Wi_fi network. Do you have any idea how well they actually work? I don't know anyone who has one, tbh.


I only know one person who has one and it's full signal around the house.

I don't know if you can hack it or bypass it to work with anyone. But as far as i'm aware the device is pretty much locked to the customer. (You can add other numbers through the control panel though)

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