Buying a device online? Is it dodgy? Infographic

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If you are thinking of buying a wireless device, it's best to know you are buying what is legal. Stop, think and question before you buy online.

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Buying a device online? Is it dodgy? Infographic

  1. 1. The real deal or a acma.gov.au @acma_operations Thinking about buying a cordless phone, two-way radio, wireless modem or other radiocommunications device online or while overseas? These products are all subject to legal requirements to prevent interference. So, STOP, THINK and QUESTION before you buy. Research the product Suss out the seller Know the consequences Can it be legally used in Australia? Find reviews from other buyers and make sure it’s not a high-risk item like a mobile repeater, jammer or booster. Is the deal too good to be true? If the product is far cheaper than known reputable brands, it may not have been tested to Australian technical standards. Does it meet Australian regulatory requirements? Question the seller. Be wary if they don’t adequately address your concerns. Does the seller look reputable? Only buy from websites that you know and trust. Check recommendations and feedback from other customers. Where is the supplier located? Devices made for overseas markets may use the incorrect frequency in Australia and interfere with important services. Will you disrupt important communications systems? Operating an illegal device could block reception in an emergency and put lives at risk. Will you be out of pocket? If you buy a dodgy device from overseas, it’s possible that you won’t get your money back. Fancy a fine or jail time? There’s a range of penalties if you cause interference—the courts could hit you with a hefty fine or you could even go to prison. get caught out with a dodgy device—check the ACMA website or follow us on Twitter for more info.

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