Can someone use your cell booster without your permission?

Well yes, yes they can. But really, don’t worry about it.

If you’re considering a cellular signal booster, good for you! I love talking about this technology and I have for a long time. It’s one smart investment and I don’t understand why more people don’t jump in. Cellular signal boosters work with all carriers and boost both voice and data in places that have bad signal. And really, that’s practically everywhere indoors. You know there’s a room in practically every building you’ve ever been in where the cell service is poor. If there’s a building that has great cell service everywhere, it probably already has a booster.

How would someone use a booster without your permission?

Very easily in fact. The whole point of a cell booster is that you don’t need a password to get on it. Wi-Fi calling is great and it’s built into most phones now. But to use it, you need to connect to a Wi-Fi network. That means knowing the network name and the password or passphrase.

Imagine you throw a party and you want all your guests to have good cell service. Of course this is a very reasonable thing to want, since your friends will post pictures of the party and that’s a good thing. If you need to give your Wi-Fi password to everyone that could be a problem. You’re giving people access to all the stuff in your home unless you’ve set up a guest network.

With a cell booster you don’t have to worry. People get good service, period. You don’t have to do anything. That’s sort of the point.

But what about someone outside the house who uses the booster?

For the most part you don’t need to worry about that. If you choose the right cell booster for your home, the magic it does will only reach a little outside the house. It’s not like someone a block away will grab onto the signal.

If you have an apartment it’s possible that the folks in nearby apartments will benefit from your purchase, I’ll give you that. But really what does it matter? Their using the booster won’t hurt you unless they have a party, all their friends use the booster for good cell signal, and they don’t invite you. But that’s really a different problem because what kind of neighbor doesn’t invite the people around them to their parties?

People sharing your cell booster aren’t a security risk

That’s sort of the point actually. There’s no risk that someone using a cell booster will be able to get at your mobile devices, your local hard drives, that sort of thing. They won’t be able to plant malware on your smart TV (because apparently that’s a thing.)  You’re not sharing passwords and you aren’t exposing yourself to risk.

So, in the end don’t worry that someone else might use your cell booster. The most important thing is that you use it. And if you are reading this and still haven’t picked up this critical piece of technology, shop for the best value in cellular signal boosters now at Solid Signal.

About the Author

Stuart Sweet
Stuart Sweet is the editor-in-chief of The Solid Signal Blog and a "master plumber" at Signal Group, LLC. He is the author of over 6,000 articles and longform tutorials including many posted here. Reach him by clicking on "Contact the Editor" at the bottom of this page.