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Connecting your iPhone5 with VHF Radio

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rapidcharger

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Now an idea I could get on board with, not that anyone other than myself would buy one, is a cell phone with an external connector like the first phones had. I might even consider buying an iphone if it had one.
 

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If you include the price of the phone, that has to be the most expensive FRS radio ever made. Apple should buy this company... just imagine a FRS radio with an Apple logo on it. Apple could charge $699 each for the iRadio and people would line up outside the night before the release date just to get one! :)

I'd also question the legality of it in the US. I'd be surprised if it got Part 95 approval. I even dare say it's a silly idea. If you need a FRS radio, go buy one for $20 and if you loose/break it then no big deal. Who would want to use an expensive smart phone as a two-way radio?
 

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Half watt UHF with very limited frequency coverage and no license required. Sounds like an expensive FRS gadget.
Looks like they are operating on 467; in the portion of the band for GMRS repeater inputs and the splinter freqs allocated to FRS only. Scrambler? I believe that won't get FCC certification in this band. I recall reading (here?) that one or two blister pack radio makers got busted for putting simple voice inversion scramblers on their products. They plan to offer data capability? That won't fly on this band either.

This look like a fancy FRS radio velcro'd to an iPhone, and they want how much for it????? This was not thought out very well. I doubt even a prototype has been built yet.
 

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With the way the FCC does type acceptance now, by allowing the company producing the radio to contract with an approved lab, just about anything seems to be able to sneak through. Wouldn't surprise me at all, anymore, if the FCC approved a VHF-FRS radio...
 

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If you include the price of the phone, that has to be the most expensive FRS radio ever made. Apple should buy this company... just imagine a FRS radio with an Apple logo on it. Apple could charge $699 each for the iRadio and people would line up outside the night before the release date just to get one! :)

I'd also question the legality of it in the US. I'd be surprised if it got Part 95 approval. I even dare say it's a silly idea. If you need a FRS radio, go buy one for $20 and if you loose/break it then no big deal. Who would want to use an expensive smart phone as a two-way radio?

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