Just inquired about the Sennheiser - apparently channel 38 only and therefore £75 a year!
Sorry - NOT TRUE - who did you speak to?
If you want the XSw 35 handheld:-
XSw 35 GB on channel 38 is article number - 504933
XSw 35 E on channel 70 licence-free is article number - 504937
Sennheiser have both on the price list.
Oh - and it's the Government who set the licence fee and, actually, £75 is pretty cheap for the use of a professional radiomic over the whole of the UK for a whole year - and the fee is per licence - you can have lots of radiomics and still only need one licence.
The new 2012 price list has both GB (Ch.38) and E (Ch.70 licence-free) versions listed for all XS kits.
You obviously spoke to someone who did not know what they were talking about.
John - Sound-Link ProAudio
President - Federation Internationale des Chasseurs de Sons