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Samsung's Upcoming Handsets Will Feature Unlocked FM Chips

Samsung's Upcoming Handsets Will Feature Unlocked FM Chips

Samsung will now unlock the FCC FM chip on future smartphones. On the heels of widespread natural disasters in Puerto Rico, Houston and the Florida coast, calls have increased for all phone manufacturers to unlock the FM Chip in smartphones as a public safety necessity.

Following in LG, Motorola and Alcatel's footsteps, the world's largest mobile device vendor wants to support NextRadio's initiative by unlocking the FM chip in "upcoming smartphone models in the USA and Canada".

Some smartphone users with an affinity for old-school technology may appreciate having access to FM radio, but TagStation president Paul Brenner also said in a press release that having access to FM radio frequencies could benefit people in emergency situations.

Users were already able to stream radio stations through services like iHeartRadio and Pandora.




Many smartphones in the world are manufactured with hardware capable of receiving free FM radio signals. Apple, however, has declined to do so, saying the latest generation iPhones do not have the FM radio chips.

Although, there are several apps that connect the smartphone to nearby radio stations such as iHeartRadio and Pandora, connecting directly to the radio will consume less data and save phones battery.

It's easy to forget that inside smartphones - modern marvels that they are - there's a radio, hidden behind all those high-tech bells and whistles.

Most smartphones ship with FM chips, but they are usually not enabled for various reasons. APPLE has contended that there is no such tuner chip in recent editions of the iPHONE, a contention challenged by radio interests supporting the chip's deployment.

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