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originally posted by: Biigs
I thought it was to do with the aerials, radio requires a bigger one or somthing due to the wavelength (1800mhz for 4g vs like 100mhz for fm radio)?
So the reception with the phones aerial not being very good at it, or somthing.
Im totally not sure about this but somthing i remember was enough to make a post in that general direction.
originally posted by: yorkshirelad
a reply to: works4dhs
Well I've never heard of one being switched off. Now you have to plug earphones in to act as an ariel which makes the use of the radio rather limited. Especially when you compare that to the ability of an internet radio with every channel known to man !!!! and playable through your phone speaker or bluetooth in your car or computer.
originally posted by: works4dhs
(I have to think this has been posted/discussed before, but I don't see one, so...)
most smart phones and similar devices have chips that make them capable of playing (local) FM radio, but the manufactrs turn the chips off.
(...so why put them in, in the first place?)
***You may not know it but most of today's smartphones have FM radios inside of them. But the FM chip is not activated on two-thirds of devices. That's because mobile makers have the FM capability switched off.
The National Association of Broadcasters has been asking mobile makers to change this. But the mobile industry, which profits from selling data to smartphone users, says that with the consumer's move toward mobile streaming apps, the demand for radio simply isn't there.***
so any crafty techie types know how to get around this? or can we get our service people to do it?
originally posted by: bringmecoffee
Nobody addressed one of the questions in the OP. Why put the capability in the phone just to disable it. Me, I don't have any idea, but it is curious.
originally posted by: bitsforbytes
a reply to: works4dhs
We could transmit data via FM that is why the greedy bastards don't want it done. Also we could communicate with each other using FM tech, however the distance would not be so great, but still greed is the main reason for this.
I see a few posts already praising "streaming music" and "internet radio", and not even mentioning that it will cost you data / money.