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Re: Cell Phone Extenders?

radiodude (
Wed, 18 Jan 2006 16:02:32 -0500

> [TELECOM Digest Editor's Note: But if you buy a cell phone and obtain
> service from some carrier, aren't you granted a license (on the
> carrier's master license) to use the phone as a transmitter? PAT]

No! And the BDA is a SEPARATE tranmitter from your cell phone,
therefore you NEED permission from the carrier, and all carriers that
will pass through it. Besides, virtually NONE of these devices is
good enough to pass only cellular and NOT pass the public
safety/SMR/etc frequencies as well. And as has been mentioned, the
ones designed for Nextel CAN'T because their frequencies are
interspersed with PS/SMR.

John Levine wrote:

>> If you buy a cellphone and contract for service for that cellphone
>> with a licensed carrier, then that carrier's license covers the
>> operation of the phone you activated with that carrier. You can't
>> then go out and use other phones under that contract without the
>> carrier's consent.

> An interesting theory, although clearly nonsensical with GSM phones.

Not theory. Cloning other phones onto your account is theft of
service. Besides, the cell system keeps track of not only the phone
number, but also the ESN of the phone. The ESN CANNOT be changed
without destroying the phone.

(Speaking as a former switch tech for a cell company.) wrote:

> A quick web search comes up with:

> which makes the
> following claims:

> Q: Does the owner of this equipment (installed location) require an FCC
> license to operate the repeater?

> A: No, neither the user nor the installer needs an FCC license. All of
> our products are FCC approved. In the instruction manual, you will
> find guidelines to follow to comply with all FCC requirements, such as
> proper separation between antennas, and persons must be 6 meters
> horizontally away from outside antenna.

> Maybe worth a try.

> N

That person is lying through his teeth, and has been told so many
times by several communications lawyers across the country. DO NOT
BELIEVE HIM! You _MUST_ have permission of ALL licensees in the
affected area which can be passed by the unit!!!!

Jim Barbour

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