posted on Apr, 23 2015 @ 01:55 AM
I don't know whether this is deliberate misinformation or just piss-poor ignorant "reporting", but in either case, it's wrong. There is no device,
on any carrier that has FM radio capabilities "switched off". Many phones do have a fully if unction am FM radio, but it's not advertised due to
lack of market interest (in the U.S. primarily), but if one were to plug in headphones and install a radio app that isn't limited to specific
devices, it would work just fine.
In other cases, particularly with the newer devices, there are several variants made, to be sold in different regions. One variant of a particular
device may have an FM radio while a different variant doesn't, but it has nothing to do with it being "switched off". If one were to look at such
devices, they would see that the variants with the FM radio do not have an LTE radio (many parts of the world don't have LTE), whereas the ones
without the FM do have an LTE radio. This is because most newer devices use system-on-chip processors, and there is a limited amount of
physical space on the dies; they simply can't fit both. And when given a choice between LTE or FM, nobody is going to choose FM. Of course there are
exceptions, and many phones that do have both, but it depends on the particular chipset being used.
If there were enough consumer demand in LTE regions, more devices would have both, but there isn't, which is why many of the devices that do have
functional FM don't advertise it.
So no, there's no sinister group sitting in some shadowy office deciding to "switch off" everybody's precious FM radios....