If you have a smart phone, it is likely that it also contains a radio receiver Built-in FM - but It turns out that in most cases it is deliberately disabled by manufacturers
Luxury smartphones include the forefront of technology. The manufacturers are pushing in more and more features and capabilities. But one feature that used to be common in these phones is gradually removed from most advanced phones: the radio. This is not an internet radio but an FM radio, which allows reception of local radio channels.
Why do you need FM radio on your phone? After all, it is possible to listen to the radio via cellular internet. Well, FM radio is free. It does not require use of the mobile browsing package. Many users have limited surfing packages, and using the radio through browsing requires a lot of data volume. Using a mobile Internet to listen to a radio even drains the battery more than three times faster than an FM radio.
But who ever listens to radio nowadays, when the internet is full of such high quality content? So - even if you belong to a generation that stopped listening to radio - in a country like Israel, where a news event is chasing an event, many are clinging to the radios wherever they are. In emergencies, it is important to have free radio reception available without quickly draining the battery. Last winter, many remained without electricity for long hours. In a country that has undergone a massive missile attack every few years, there is a serious risk of disconnecting electricity from high-voltage columns, and in such cases it is desirable to have access to news updates on a device running on batteries that is in our pocket anyway. Attack or natural disaster could cause To overload the cellular network Until it collapses, at a time when information and instructions to the public are critical. But beyond emergencies - in everyday life it is good to listen to a local station of good music without paying for bandwidth and consumption battery High.So why do not you have an FM radio chip on your device? The answer is: It is likely that the chip actually exists in your devices. Many smartphones have the technological ability to play FM radio, but phone manufacturers disable this option as part of the production process. These are devices of well-known companies such as Samsung and even a company Apple. Why do they do that? Perhaps because cellular providers can not enjoy bandwidth gains when installed on a free radio. Perhaps because selling targeted advertisements and monitoring the listening habits of FM radio users are problematic in this way. It is difficult to find an official explanation of why the radio is blocked. At a conference תקשורת Who was in the US answered the question CTIA Vice President - American Wireless Communications. He said: "What Americans need is the ability to stream media, download data and set up a playlist themselves to suit their personal needs. This is not an option given on classic FM radio. For companies to operate the radio receiver - there is a public demand. "That is, cellular companies determine what is good for consumers without giving them the opportunity to choose independently.
If so, there is no public demand and therefore no radio receiver. But there is such a demand in the US, which is promoted by a number of telecommunications organizations freeradioonmyphone.org Encourages those interested in radio in their device to contact the providers of major cellular companies, the Federal Communications Authority and even members of the US House of Representatives. The results: A large number of cell phones defined as "radio missing" have become For FM receivers. This is not a matter of hardware changes in the labs, but simply updating software received by consumers from cellular providers. For example, the popular flagship device Samsung Galaxy S7 Enables listening to FM radio from most US cellular carriers from about two months ago.
And in Israel? In the absence of a suitable lobby, FM radio can not be received in most flagship devices. Few luxury appliances such as LG G5 and Sony Xperia X contain this option. In many of the cheap intermediate devices, the feature is also active. In the family of relatively affordable devices, Samsung Galaxy J has the option of receiving radio. But anyone who wants to buy the quality Galaxy S7 in Israel will have to give up the feature, despite the high price he paid for the advanced flagship device. In a study conducted by the British Broadcasting Corporation,with the BBC - indicates that two-thirds of mobile phone owners surveyed were interested in accessing free radio on their device.
And what about you? Would you be happy to receive free radio reception on your device or do you think this feature is unnecessary? Tell us in comments.