Across Europe and the UK, using any wireless frequency regulated by an authority without a license is illegal. Under the Wireless Telegraphy Act of 1949 a two year imprisonment is possible for using regulated frequencies without a license of exemption but now this is about to change thanks to the popularity of the iPod transmitter, the Griffin iTrip.
Millions across the nation use the iTrip adaptor or similar devices to connect their MP3 player wirelessly to radios across the home and in the car - but although so many people use it, it is actually illegal.
However OFCOM, the communications regular in the UK, has announced plans to allow the iTrip to be used legally along with other low power FM transmitters. It is, and always has been, unlikely it will interfere with long range wireless signals running on the same frequency.
We in the UK can expect short range FM transmitters to become legal by the end of 2006, finally allowing consumers to happily use iTrip. This will reduce the number of these devices in the black market (read: Ebay import) and provide a tax revenue to the Government.
Whilst you could see this as just another way of getting more money of consumers, it should provide a relief of mind to those who worry about operating low power FM transmitters and getting caught by the rozzers.
Do you use an iTrip or similar device? Let us know over in the forums.