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September 30, 2010

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Paul

Ed,

What scanner apps do you recommend?

ace

Which one works when you're not on Wi-fi??

Karl Dahlquist

The free scanner radio apps are only as good as the folks that host the feed. If your local police department isnt on a feed, you are out of luck.

On the other had, some of these scanners have now become so complicated that the average user cannot program them. This Uniden model, comes with the entire RadioReference.com database installed on it, so theoretically it has *nearly* every system in the U.S. installed on it....but that data is only as good as the volunteers that update changes to it...and there are errors in the data.

Ed S.

I'm using the free 5-0 Scanner app. Thousands of scanner feeds from all around the world.
I use this ipod 90% of the time when I'm on a wifi hot spot, of course, which even every McDonald's now has. I listen almost exclusively at home, anyway. I don't think I need a scanner while I'm driving, in which case the iphone or oter smart phone with 3G would work.
I guess if I were a criminal there would be an advantage to having a police scanner than doesn't use wi-fi, but I'm not.

Shawn Patrick

it depends on your area if you need to spend 500 dollars on a scanner. Where I live at, it's a waste of money, they still use an analogue 800mhz trunking system with the county for most the part and my town still uses UHF 460.425mhz

And if your area is one that uses digital ENCRYPTION, no scanner will pick it up.

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