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Are Cellular Signal Boosters Legal?

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Right up there with "Do cellular signal booster really work?" is the frequently asked question, "Are Cellular Signal Boosters Legal?". 

The answer has always been yes. However, several cellular service providers have worked to stop the sale and use of some signal boosters. Their concern is the negative effect some of these systems have caused to their equipment and service.

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In February the U.S. Federal Communications Commission voted unanimously to adopt technical standards for cellular signal boosters. This is a major victory for us and end-users who will benefit from added levels of safety, security and satisfaction with their service through the use of signal boosters.

This vote legitimizes our customers' use of signal boosters by eliminating any doubt that they are legal, and confirms they are a viable option for drastically reducing dropped calls.

Here are the key points of today's FCC decision:

  • Beginning March 1, 2014, consumer cellular signal boosters sold in the U.S. will have to comply with the technical standards adopted today by the FCC.
  • Cellular carriers will have the right to approve boosters that use their network. The good news is all 4 major U.S. carriers - AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon - have filed letters of consent with the FCC that they will approve for use on their networks all boosters that meet the technical standards adopted today.
  • Consumers who purchase a booster will be asked to register the device with their carrier. How this process will be implemented is still being determined.

We are pleased with the FCC vote and believes this outcome points to a very positive future for sales of signal boosters. We are confident that the adoption of the technical standards jointly developed and proposed by Wilson, Verizon, and T-Mobile and supported by Sprint and AT&T, further affirms our position as the market leader among booster manufacturers.

We are poised to submit compliant equipment as soon as the FCC sets up the procedure for certification of consumer signal boosters.

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