An extended transmit frequency range does nothing for you other than to potentially get you into trouble.
You cannot legally use anything other than the ham frequencies to transmit on with it.
I have heard all the "in case of emergency" rationalizations and they just don't hold any water.
If you are thinking of using it for FRS or some service like that, just go get an FRS radio.
Also, It may be very easy to turn the radio into a BRICK if you go inside and mess with it. If you mess up with surface mount components, it is pretty tough for the average guy to reverse it!!
"Oh what a tangled web we weave when first we practice to receive."
-Otto Watt Sept. 5 1925