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Even if your scanner can manage to receive the frequencies, you would not be able to hear what people are saying. only the first generations of cell phones were analog and you could hear on side of the connection. Today all pone communication is digital, encrypted and you only can receive a phone close enough to you, to hear just a rattling noise. Modern phones are working close to and above 2 Ghz. A frequency, most scanners can't receive.
Sorry, but the answers to your questions are no and no. Modern scanners are what they are, and they cannot be modified to monitor any secure (encrypted), digital, or cell phone communications. There is no magic fix to convert an analog scanner to digital. If you want to listen in to digital communications you'll need to purchase a digital-capable scanner, but that will still leave you without cell phone coverage or the ability to listen in to whatever secure transmissions you're referring to.
No. Monitoring cellular phone conversations is against federal laws, and no manufacturer offers scanners with that capability to the public. Even older, pre-ban scanners that would seem capable of cellular reception are analog only, and therefore not capable of receiving today's digital signals.
Sorry, but you are out of luck on both counts. It's against federal law to manufacture a scanner that will receive cellular phone calls, and modern scanners cannot be modified to do so. Plus that, virtually all cell phone conversations are now digital, and your scanner processes analog signals only. Most cordless phones operate at frequencies above 2GHz, and the BC60XLT maximum is just 512MHz.
You cannot pick up cell phone conversations on your scanner. Federal law prohibits the manufacture and sale of scanners capable of receiving cellular bands, and modern scanners cannot be modified to include those frequencies Sorry. . . .
I had a scanner with 800mhz .. programed it to scan from 900.000 to 800.000 .. between those freqs. ..found several calls ... from cell phones .. but that was not what I was looking for ... I just ran into it by accident.
Police Officers ...from all agencies .. monitor cell phones .. all the time so if it illegal for citizens to do it , it should be for them also but I under the impression judges turn a blind eye to that fact.
You can no longer listen to cell phones with police scanners as all cell phones are now digital. Years ago when cell phones were using the 800mhz band it was possible. But only with select older models of scanners such as the BC-200XLT and after an internal modification to allow tuning of 860-880 mhz range. I do believe there is equipment out there that can listen to digital cell phones but its very expensive ($10,000) and only for law enforcement use. Hope this answers your question.
Unfortunately it is illegal to monitor cell phone calls, and now that the cellular providers have stopped using analog signals, it is also impossible to do. Even the newest digital scanners such as the Bearcat 996 and the Radio Shack Pro-106 do not support the digital format used by the wireless phone industry.
Sorry, but by law your scanner is not capable of receiving cellular frequencies, and there is no modification that can enable such reception. Don't feel too disappointed though, as nearly all cellular transmissions are digital now, and that's a mode that your scanner could not decipher even within its frequency coverage.