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Scanner apps for iPhone

Discussion in 'The Okie Corral' started by railfancwb, Mar 3, 2013.

  1. I am looking for a scanner app for my iPhone which will allow me to find and listen to local activity. I am especially interested in railroad frequencies.

    Any one know of any such?

    The ones in the App Store all appear to offer only preselected signal sources.

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  2. Glock45Lover

    Glock45Lover Ham Radio Nut

    Jun 25, 2007
    Southeastern U.S.
    If you are looking for an App that will turn your I-Phone into a stand-alone scanner, that won't happen. Cell phones use a dedicated set of frequencies in a digital format. They do not have the ability to "listen" to other frequencies like a scanner does.

    About all you can do is use an App that has a feed from a scanner in the area you want to monitor.

  3. 5-0 radio is great. It has hundreds of scanner feeds from all over the world, bonus music feeds, and works in the car. My son (12) and I listen to our local police while having ping pong battles in the evenings and we hear all sorts of stupidity. It's addictive and beats local radio while sitting in traffic. There are others like it but I can vouch for the easy interface and usability of 5-0 radio.
  4. Smartphone connects to scanner app, scanner app provides live scanner feeds, phone frequency has nothing to do with it. It works on iPads and iPods that don't have a cellular frequency at all.
  5. GMAN12


    Sep 7, 2009
    S. E. Mich.
    5-0 works as Dan-ntx said. Go to the app. store and search for "Police Scanner" it's free.
  6. 686Owner

    686Owner NRA Life Member

    Mar 10, 2007
    Right, but it's not a stand alone scanner. Someone has to be broadcasting that frequency to the internet. The OP sounds like he wants to use it like a handheld scanner, which isn't going to happen on any cell phone I know of.