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Mobile repeaters: Know the facts

If you’re looking to improve your mobile reception using a mobile repeater, know the facts! There’s a good way of doing things and a bad way.

Despite what you might see online, mobile repeaters are illegal to operate without consent. It’s an offence to operate an unlicensed radiocommunications device and heavy fines or imprisonment can apply. So don’t let things get ugly! Improve your mobile reception the right way.

Watch the ACMA’s video Mobile Repeaters: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly to get the full story.


The ACMA has published advice about how you can improve your mobile reception—legally. The article got a great reception (pardon the pun), so we’ve created a handy infographic to further highlight the main messages. The Ugly: Using the wrong device could mean a hefty fine or even land you in jail. But it's not just about you—boosters or unauthorised repeaters can block reception during an emergency. The Bad: Two devices may land you in trouble. Mobile phone boosters are banned and repeaters can only be used with your provider's written permission. Both can interfere with mobile networks. The Good: Your provider can advise which products are legal. In the car, use a mobile hands-free kit with an external high-grain antenna. There are ways to improve your mobile phone reception, but don't get caught out. Make sure you know what's legal and what's not. Mobile reception The ACMA, Follow us @acma_operations

Last updated: 03 March 2019