FM iPod transmitters go legal

Written by Wil Harris

November 24, 2006 | 11:58

Tags: #fm #itrip #transmitter

Companies: #ofcom #uk

The UK's communications watchdog, OFCOM, has announced that it will be legalising sales of small FM transmitters designed to work with iPods and other portable media devices.

Although widely used and sold in the UK, devices such as Griffin's iTrip have been technically illegal in this fair isle, on the basis that the radio transmission signal could interfere with commercial or emergency wavebands.

The new regulations, which come into force on December 8, will incorporate recent EU decisions about the types of products which should be allowed on sale. UK-authorised kit will have the standard CE mark on the back, so using imported kit from eBay could still be illegal.

The UK's third political party, the Liberal Democrats, were apparently a major force in pushing this through, citing the massive consumer demand for these items as a reason to look again at the antiquated radio regulation legislation.

Do you currently use an iTrip or similar device? Or will you be waiting until they're legal to get in the shops? Give us your thoughts over in the forums.
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