Search the forums. It gets covered about once a month. Thats why it gets that reaction. you didnt do anything wrong.
Legal schmegal. Jaywalking, speeding, picking your nose in church is all illegal, but the real onus of the subject is that you will most likely never hear a thing if you had the ability. I have the ability to listen, and if I ever chose to listen to that part of the spectrum, I would be honestly suprised to hear something. And if it lasted more than a minute before fading or swtiching non-existant analog cells, I would probably turn myself in out of amazement.
bottom line is that this was possible when everyone had those massive analog brick phones and crap, but our little digital RAZRZ and whatever do not show up on any scanner.