Despite the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) banning the operation, supply and possession of mobile phone boosters, a keen eyed radio amateur has spotted a suspect item on sale at a second-hand outlet.
The ACMA prohibition is due to concerns that mobile phone boosters can cause significant interference to mobile telecommunications networks, affecting coverage and therefore consumer access to mobile networks. In the worst case, the use of such phone boosters has the potential to restrict access to the emergency call service.
One item caught the eye of a browser at Knox in Melbourne’s east. When queried about its legality, a sale person reportedly replied the matter had previously been raised and dismissed by the store owner. The ACMA through the Telecommunications (Prohibition of Mobile Phone Boosters) Declaration may impose a fine of up to $220,000.