Coverage and good reception are both very important to mobile users.

It's important to check that you will have coverage where you need it before you purchase a mobile service.

And there are ways you can safely and legally enhance your mobile coverage if needed.

But it's also important to remember that mobile phone boosters are banned because they can cause significant interference to mobile networks and coverage. Mobile repeaters can only be used if they have been authorised for your use by your mobile carrier. You can read more about the rules relating to boosters and repeaters using the search enging on the ACMA's website.

Our top tips on enhancing mobile reception:

  • check with your service provider to see which mobile handsets they recommend as some handsets may be better suited for rural use or areas with more limited coverage

  • your service provider may recommend an additional antenna or other equipment for your mobile handset if you will be using it in rural and remote areas

  • car kits that enable connection (directly-coupled) between the phone and the external antenna on the car roof can improve reception

  • patchleads can be used to connect a mobile to an external antenna and may be a more economical alternative to a car kit 

  • antennas or femtocells (a small base station that can be used in a home or office) to enhance coverage indoors are also available

Mobile repeaters, boosters and jammers – buyer beware as illegal devices can cause network interference – fines apply.

 

Your mobile carrier also has coverage tips which you can access via the following links:

Optus 

Telstra

Vodafone 

 

And Telstra's website also  has information about coverage at Sea.

 

 

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