I just read about an FM radio app ("NextRadio") that allows you to listen to radio over a smart phone, provided that the manufacturer and the service provider both allow access. (See https://www.thestar.com/business/tech_news/2017/09/29/apple-urged-to-activate-fm-radio-chips-in-ipho...). So I installed it, but when I tried to use it, it just displayed a message saying that the service provider doesn't allow access to the feature. What is Fido's policy on this?
Here's a web site hosting a petition to the CRTC demanding that manufacturers and service providers unblock this feature. We're being overcharged for cell service in Canada, and we paid for these phones, most of which have this capability built in to them already. Please everybody sign it. http://freeradioonmyphone.ca/
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P.S. The service providers make money by charging exorbitant fees for data. If you listen to a streaming service, you're using data. If you listen to the built-in FM radio receiver, you're not using data, and they don't make any money. That's why service providers don't want to enable this feature.
The FM Radio is not really "blocked" I downloaded this app off the google app store once and it checks if the FM hardware exists in my phone and if it does, it would let u listen to it, but it also came back with an error that my phone did not have the required fm chipset, in that case there is nothing you can do. just lobby to phone makers like LG, Motorola, Nokia, HTC, etc to include FM Radio capabilities in their hardware, the more we complain the louder our voices are, the better chances tthey may include it in the future
It's my understanding that almost all smart phones nowadays have this chipset. It just isn't being enabled in all cases. Lobby the manufacturers? They're going to do what the service providers tell them to do, because almost all new phones are bought from the service providers, who don't want this capability enabled.
I understand it might be difficult for some conspiracy theorists to comprehend, but the mobile providers do not request to have the functionality disabled.
If they really don't want the capability with their devices, why did they allow some of their devices to have the functionality (see here)? Before anyone claims that Fido got rid of those devices once they found out, Fido still carries the GR5.
Have you seen the list of Next Radio supported devices? Sure, there aren't many Samsungs or iPhones on that list, but there are LGs. More to the point, it was LG who decided to enable the FM radio in their devices (see here). Oh, but the Fido probably removed it...
Taken from another familiar forum.
Hmm, maybe there isn't some big conspiracy after all...
Stop being an apologist I know for a fact the Galaxy A5 2017 has an FM radio. It says right in the specs from Samsung. Yet Fido version has no FM radio and my friends unlocked version has it so why is that?
Yes, some versions of that phone do have FM radio. However, it is not listed for the Canadian version (SM-A520W). The decision to include the radio would have been made by Samsung Canada, not Fido (or the other mobile providers).
Hope this helps