Now you can listen to Police Radios on your iPhone! (legally)

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  1. iphones4evry1 macrumors 65816

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  2. SpaceKitty macrumors 68040

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    I've been using that app and the emergency radio app for a few months now. Good apps. I like emergency radio app better though because it has the police 10 codes listed on the listening screen so you can see what they are talking about.
     
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    What is the emergency radio app called?
     
  4. SpaceKitty macrumors 68040

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    Emergency Radio.
     
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    That sounds cool I'll have to check it out. I wonder if they have it where it can show your most local station.
     
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    It depends on if your local PD has a broadcast. My local PD does and so does the county.
     
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    Yes, in Emergency Radio you can search by distance
     
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    Yeah a favorite feature would be cool, if it has one, I would be pretty tempted to buy it... they have a list of PD's that they carry on their website.
     
  9. SpaceKitty macrumors 68040

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    They both have a favorites listing. Police Scanner also goes right to the screen or PD that you were listening to when you last closed the app. They both have an in app volume control as well.
     
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    Are there any of these apps that include the UK?
     
  11. SpaceKitty macrumors 68040

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    Neither one of these apps do from what I can tell.
     
  12. fluffer macrumors member

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    Ah well, cheers anyway. I'll have to find some other app to entertain me, god knows there's enough!
     
  13. labman macrumors 604

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    I have had this app for a long time

    I have one called Police Scan and Emergency Radio both are pretty decent list of city's. Police Scan is better looking if that matters. if somebody wants I can look at both to see what is in your area there is also Scanner Radio I haven't bought that one yet maybe somebody else has. I love one to listen too Ham Radio so far nothing.

    personally I think emergency radio has more locations but I think only us police scanner has


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  14. thelatinist macrumors 603

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    Why wouldn't it be legal to listen to police broadcasts? They're broadcast on public airwaves without encryption. You can listen to them with a $10 police scanner from Radio Shack.
     
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    Yes it's legal but some departments have gone to a digital system and that $10 police scanner won't pick those up. The digital scanner that we have from Radio Shack was $499.
     
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    But my point is that it's never been illegal to listen to police radios, so the title of this thread makes no sense.
     
  17. SpaceKitty macrumors 68040

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    Yes that's true.
     
  18. labman macrumors 604

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    good point

    Also it's legal now because there is a App for that. :rolleyes: they been selling Scanners and long as there have been police radio's. ;) the only issue would be using the Scanner to interfere with Police. Showing up at crime scene. but op listening is legal.
     
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    It's always been legal to listen on your iPhone. Now it's just possible.
     
  20. jblock macrumors regular

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    Are these any different than something like Radio, which also give you access to all the ScanAmerica stations?
     
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    OP failed to mention that the app is $.99 today.
     
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    Not according to my App Store. Later today, is this going to change?
     
  23. Hawkwind macrumors member

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    No, because U.K. police frequencies, other than a couple of London Met traffic ones, are now secure from the public's ears (secure tetra). It used to be fun listening to their vhf and uhf frequencies but I can't blame them for using secure comms. Technically it was always illegal to listen to.

    I think things are different in the U.S.
     
  24. belvdr macrumors 603

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    In the US, most states have laws about listening to police frequencies while mobile. Some of those are CA, FL, IN, KY, etc. There are exceptions to these rules though, such as amateur radio equipment.

    That said, using amateur radio equipment to listen to police frequencies is illegal. We are allowed to have equipment capable of doing so, but are not exempted from actual listening.
     
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    Wrong;

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scanner_(radio)#Legal_issues_in_the_US

    You will note that the only illegalities involve listening to encrypted or scrambled signals.

    If the communication is over an open frequency it is absolutely legal to listen to it.
     

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